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Awards and Accolades
Pioneering accomplishments and academic excellence have brought plaudits 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 2017 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). It has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), introduced by the UK Government to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching. The ranking places Dundee among an elite group of British universities licensed to use the TEF Gold Award for the next three years.
The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes recognise world class excellence and achievement for Higher and Further Education and the University of Dundee won the prize in 1998, 2005 and most recently in 2013 – 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 saw 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. It is ranked top in Scotland for art and design in the Complete University Guide 2018 and according to the Guardian University Guide 2018 it is top in the UK for design and crafts and number one in Scotland for fashion and textiles.
Meanwhile, Abertay University launched the world’s first named computer games degree and is at the centre of Dundee’s thriving computer games industry. It scooped the outstanding contribution to education award at the Develop Awards, prestigious game development industry recognition of the 20th anniversary since Abertay became the first to offer computer games degrees in 1997.
The accolade comes after Abertay’s computer games courses was ranked best in Europe for the third consecutive year by the prestigious Princeton Review. The annual ranking placed Abertay as number one in Europe for undergraduate degrees and in the World Top 10 for postgraduate courses.
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.
James Hutton Institute researchers have worked with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to produce a series of briefing papers to raise the profile of the ecosystems approach in tackling not just climate change mitigation and adaptation, but also poverty alleviation, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity loss and many other environmental issues. And fifty per cent of the world’s blackcurrant crop was developed by scientists in Dundee.
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 turns on the style too. It’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 all goes to show that Dundee and Angus continue to blaze a trail as a hot bed of talent, innovation and creativity.