Excellence in teaching
The academic and support staff of the School of Learning and Teaching provide dedicated support for undergraduates and efficient management of degree programmes, introduce new topics and develop innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Research staff bring their subjects to life by describing the latest discoveries and introducing students to the excitement of modern research in well-equipped laboratories. We pay constant attention to the relevance of our teaching to the world of work and our students are in great demand with 78% in employment within 6 months of graduating.
International recognition in research
With almost 900 staff and research students and external funding of around £50 million per year, the College of Life Sciences is one of the largest and most productive research institutes in Europe. Our reputation is genuinely global and is reflected in the fact that researchers in our laboratories represent no fewer than 61 different nationalities. Yet Dundee is no ivory tower. Our research is having a major impact on the economy of Tayside by stimulating the regional biotechnology industry which currently accounts for 16% of the local economy. We collaborate with the world’s major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the fight against diseases such as cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and tropical diseases. Our Drug Discovery Unit is actively developing drugs for the treatment of neglected tropical diseases including malaria, leishmaniasis, Chagas' disease, African sleeping sickness and tuberculosis and translating innovative drug targets in oncology, eczema, type-2 diabetes, anti-bacterials and anti-virals. Our Microbiology and Plant Sciences research groups are involved in major environmental issues like the development of new bio-fuels and bio-energy generation.
Dundee is the city of Discovery, where the ship in which Scott sailed to the Antarctic was built. It is a heritage in which we take pride and whose spirit we strive to emulate.
Professor Doreen Cantrell
Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Life Sciences