university of dundee

University of Dundee

  • Education at Dundee is ranked in the world’s top 150 (QS World University Rankings)
  • One of the world’s top 200 universities (Times Higher Education 2018)
  • One of only 12 in the United Kingdom to also hold a Gold Award in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017
  • Top 10 in the United Kingdom for student experience for the second successive year (National Student Survey 2017)
  • Education was ranked 6th in the UK – The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
  • Top in UK for Childhood Practice (Others in Education) (National Student Survey 2017)
  • Scottish University of the Year – The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 and 2017
  • Ranked 28th in The Guardian University Guide, 2017
  • Ranked 28th in Times Higher Education (THE) UK University Rankings, 2017
  • 76% of research at Dundee was rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally renowned’ in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (published December 2014)
  • The University of Dundee is ranked among the top 25 most innovative universities in Europe, and first in Scotland, in the ranking produced by Reuters. (Reuter’s Europe’s Most Innovative Universities 2017)

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In 1881 University College, Dundee, Scotland was founded as an independent academic institution for ‘promoting the education of persons of both sexes and the study of Science, Literature and the Fine Arts’. Soon after, in 1897 University College became part of the University of St Andrews.

In 1954, resulting from constitutional changes within the University of St Andrews, University College, with the gracious consent of Her Majesty the Queen, was renamed Queen’s College.

In 1966, on the basis of recommendations made by the Advisory Committee, the University Court and the Council of Queen’s College submitted a joint petition to the Privy Council seeking the grant of a Royal Charter to establish the University of Dundee. This petition was approved and, in terms of the Charter, Queen’s College became the University of Dundee on the first of August 1967.

The University has seen many changes since it became an independent institution in 1967, but the fundamental aim remains. That is to: “transform lives locally and globally through the creation, sharing and application of knowledge.”

Today, the University of Dundee reflects this aim in many ways:

  • excelling in teaching and research;
  • contributing to the social, economic and cultural life of Scotland and the wider world;
  • shaping the future by solving important real-world problems.
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