Breathing – Hideo Furuta

Photo of the sculpture outside Ashgrove House The sculpture in front of Ashgrove House on the Foresterhill Campus is called Breathing and was created by the Japanese sculptor, Hideo Furuta. This piece was commissioned to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in 1992.

Furuta was born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1949 and studied art in Tokyo before spending a year as a stonemason when he learned to work granite, which became his chosen medium.

He came to Britain in 1985, working first in Wales before moving to Scotland after becoming the Edinburgh University artist-in-residence in 1989. He finally settled in Creetown in Galloway, and died there aged 57, in November 2007.

Among other works of public art, he designed Juxtaposition in Saltwell Park for Gateshead Council and the Adamson Square, Creetown with funding from the Scottish Arts Council.

Hideo Furuta’s obituary appeared in the Scotsman newspaper in December, 2007.

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Welcome to the Medical Library

The Medical Library Team wishes all our new and returning students a very warm welcome (back) to the University of Aberdeen!

Check out our 8-minute-long Welcome to the Medical Library Podcast  :-)

We look forward to seeing you in the Medical Library soon!

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New Inter campus bus service

Travelling between the Foresterhill and King’s campuses? Well here’s some good news! Following consultations with various user groups over the last year a new service, operated by Stagecoach Bluebird, will begin on Monday 1 September.

  • The service will be open to staff, students and, on prior arrangement, visitors to the University on a first come first served basis.
  • Staff and students will be able to use the service free of charge at point of use on production of a staff/student ID card.
  • The service is a private service so is not open to members of the public. It is a limited stop service and will not stop between sites.

For more information follow this link to the New inter-campus bus service – Stagecoach Bluebird 9U on the university’s Staffnet web pages.

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Open day Tuesday 26th August

The 2014 Undergraduate Open Day takes place tomorrow. Join us to see for yourself what the University of Aberdeen has to offer. Visit our Open Day and …

  • find out why there has never been a more exciting time to join the University, including the new steps taken to enhance the student experience and our revolutionary Curriculum Reform developments
  • Find out how a degree from the University of Aberdeen will give your career a head start
  • Talk to our staff and students
  • Tour our departments and campus, including our Olympic standard Sports Village, our state-of-the-art library and the The Suttie Centre for Teaching and Learning in Healthcare on the Foresterhill Campus

For more information, go to our Undergraduate Open Day web pages.

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The UK Medical Heritage Library: uniting digitised collections

The Wellcome Library and Jisc are delighted to announce the nine UK research library partners to the UK Medical Heritage Library project. These libraries will be making their historic collections available for digitisation alongside the Wellcome Library’s own 19th century works. They make up the bulk of the 15 million page goal made possible by funding from the Higher Education and Funding Council for England and Jisc.

The nine partners include these 6 universities:

  • UCL (University College London)
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Glasgow
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • King’s College London
  • University of Bristol

And 3 Royal College libraries:

  • Royal College of Physicians of London
  • Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England

Relevant works will be selected by the partner libraries from their historic book and pamphlet collections, representing a broad selection of works from across medicine, health, and related subjects. The Internet Archive will carry out all the digitisation work in a brand new scanning centre at the Wellcome Library that will accommodate well over 2,000 items per month at peak times.

From October, these will start to become available online as part of the Medical Heritage Library collection on the Internet Archive website and via the Wellcome Library catalogue.

More details on the project and the library partners can be found here:

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Free relaxing massage today!

The Sport and Exercise Team has teamed up with the Aberdeen University Students Association and the Healthy Body Healthy Mind award from The NUS Scotland and Scottish Universities Sport organisation to offer a free on site massage in the Medical Library to help you relax and succeed in your exams.
Sign up for a session today from 3:15-6:30 in Project Room 2, Floor 1, Medical Library in the Polwarth Building on the Foresterhill Campus.

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