University responds to celebrity homewrecker claims

The University of Dundee is unable to confirm or deny whether Miss Caitlin Ryan, of Coronation Street, Weatherfield, Greater Manchester, has applied to study at its world-renowned Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.

Speculation has been rife that the talented artist was set to leave Weatherfield’s cobbled streets behind to travel north in order to pursue her creative ambitions ever since her boyfriend Craig Tinker outlined his fears that he was about to lose his first love to the City of Discovery -

Soap fans have sought reassurances from the University that it wasn’t about to come between the star-crossed lovers but Professor Jeanette Paul, Acting Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone, was today unable to assuage their fears.

“Due to Data Protection legislation we are unable to discuss individual applicants even though we know that Caitlin has made her plans to study at art college in Dundee clear to Craig,” she said. “Previously, she drew a picture of him in the style of Edvard Munch's The Scream but without seeing the rest of her portfolio it would be unfair to speculate on whether or not she had any chance of gaining admission to one of the UK’s top art and design colleges.

“It would be no surprise if Caitlin was interested in studying here given our reputation for producing exceptional graduates. Alumni such as Turner Prize winner Susan Philipsz, multi-million selling illustrator Jo Basford, video games pioneer Aaron Garbut, and Star Wars animator Matt Cameron may well have been on her mind when she filled out her UCAS form.

“Craig is clearly devastated at the prospect of losing Caitlin but he should keep in mind that Dundee has excellent transport links and can be reached from Manchester in around four hours and that our convenient city centre campus has everything he needs on his doorstep whenever he comes to visit her.

“Craig is a talented artist himself, famously obtaining an A grade in his art GCSE, so we would encourage him to consider applying here as well. Duncan of Jordanstone is helping to drive the cultural regeneration of Dundee, with the upcoming opening of the V&A Museum of Design, Dundee and its designation as the UK’s first City of Design.

“This week we celebrate the opening of our 2016 Art, Design and Architecture Degree Show when the fruits of our students’ labour are exhibited following four years of hard work. The course of young love never runs smoothly but we may yet see Caitlin and Craig both exhibiting at the Degree Show in four years’ time.”

The Degree Show is one of the highlights of the city’s cultural calendar, with a record-breaking 15,000 visitors attending last year’s exhibition and generating in excess of £1.5million for the local economy in the process.

Degree Show includes exhibits from students in all 11 undergraduate programmes at Duncan of Jordanstone College and from graduates in Architecture.

The traditional Preview Evening for the students, their families and guests takes place on Friday, 20th May. The Degree Show then opens to the public the next day and remains open until Sunday, 29th May.

Admission is free and the exhibition is open from 10am until 8pm (Monday – Friday) and 10am to 4pm (Saturday – Sunday).

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Notes to editors:

University of Dundee Art, Design & Architecture Degree Show 2016

21st-29th May (Preview May 20th)


Exhibition open:

Saturday, May 21th (10am-4pm)

Sunday, May 22nd (10am-4pm)

Monday, May 23rd (10am-8pm)

Tuesday, May 24th (10am-8pm)

Wednesday, May 25th (10am-8pm)

Thursday, May 26th (10am-8pm)

Friday, May 27th (10am-8pm)

Saturday, May 28th (10am-4pm)

Sunday, May 29st (10am-4pm)


Graduate work on display:



Art, Philosophy, Contemporary Practices

Digital Interaction Design

Fine Art

Graphic Design


Interior Environmental Design

Jewellery & Metal Design

Product Design

Textile Design

Time Based Art & Digital Film

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University of Dundee
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