Awards and Accolades

Academic excellence and pioneering accomplishments have heaped honour and praise to Dundee which is home to three world-class higher education institutions.

University of Dundee was named Scottish University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 and is in the top 20 universities worldwide under 50 years old (Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 2015). Students rate the university highly on student satisfaction with Dundee having been ranked number one in Scotland for six years running by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey (2010 - 2015).

The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes recognise world class excellence and achievement for Higher and Further Education and the University of Dundee has won the prize in 1998, 2005 and most recently in 2013 – making it one of only a few institutions to be awarded the prize more than twice.

The Scientist’s poll to find the best places to work has seen the College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee feature in the Top 10 International Institutions (outside of the US) four times in a 10 year period, highlighting the reputation and strengths of Dundee scientific community.

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, part of the University of Dundee, was ranked in the World’s Top 1% by QS World University Rankings and was also voted number one in the 2014 International Student Barometer, the largest annual study of international students in the world.

Meanwhile, Abertay University launched the world’s first named computer games degree and is now at the centre of Dundee’s thriving computer games industry. Abertay was also ranked Scotland's leading modern university for psychology research and law research and one of the best in the UK for its environmental research (RAE 2008).

The James Hutton Institute is part of the Hutton Group which has been awarded £22.8m for strategic scientific research in the areas of agriculture, food and environment in 2016-17, helping Scotland remain at the forefront of ground-breaking advances in farming and food production.

Dundee & Angus College won Exemplary Employer of Choice at The 2016 cHeRries Awards which celebrates successes and examples of excellence in human resources, recruitment and training in North-east Scotland.

With all the knowledge and skills in Dundee and Angus it is hardly a surprise, then, that Dundee has been selected three years out of four as the one of the seven most intelligent communities in the world by The Intelligent Community Forum.

It’s also designed for success, with Dundee’s huge contribution to design on a global scale honoured when the city became the first in the UK to be named a UNESCO City of Design. Design innovations including aspirin, biomedical research that has led to hundreds of new cancer drugs, comics including The Beano and The Dandy, orange marmalade, and video games including Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto that redefined the global entertainment industry, helped it win the coveted prize.

The city’s success in the computer games industry levelled up when Dundee games firm 4J Studios won a Bafta at the British Academy Games Awards in March 2015. The company won the family award for its development team’s version of the top-selling game Minecraft.

Taking steps to make the city centre easier to get around led to Dundee City Centre’s Pedestrian Wayfinding Scheme securing the Excellence in Walking and the Public Realm category of Scottish Transport Awards. New signage emphasising Dundee’s dynamic and forward-thinking character includes map-based signs that encourage residents and visitors alike to walk more often, walk further and explore the city’s wide range of sights and attractions.

Life’s a beach, and it certainly is at Broughty Ferry where its beach was given a Resort Seaside Award from environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful at its annual awards for its pristine condition. This 2016 award marked the 13th time the seafront has won a beauty award.

Dundee can turn on the style too. The city’s Malmaison Hotel was named the Style Hotel of the Year at the Scottish hotel awards in April 2015 while Glamis Castle holds a Gold Award for Green Tourism for excellence in championing sustainable tourism – the highest accolade under the Visit Scotland accredited initiative.

It points to Dundee and Angus punching well above its weight and being recognised far beyond the region as a hot bed of talent, innovation and creativity.