Welcome to the School of Life Sciences
The School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee is a world-class academic institution with a reputation for the excellence of its research, its high quality teaching and student experience, and the strong impact of its activities outside academia. With 900 staff from over 60 countries worldwide, the School provides a dynamic, multi-national, collegiate and diverse environment with state-of-the-art laboratory, technology and teaching facilities.
In the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality in UK higher education institutions – REF2014 –Dundee was ranked the top University in Biological Sciences. The 2016 QS World University Rankings in Biological Sciences place Dundee 5th in the UK and 40th in the world as judged by ‘citations-per-paper’, one of the most widely recognized metrics of scientific excellence. We actively encourage interdisciplinary and translational research, and our researchers work with others across the University and with institutions throughout the world.
Teaching and Training
The School of Life Sciences is committed to supporting and training students and scientists to an excellent standard at every stage of their careers. We achieve this through our undergraduate and PhD programmes, equality and diversity initiatives and the suite of career development programmes available to students and staff at all career levels. Our undergraduate degrees in Life Sciences provide innovative approaches to teaching and learning that are directly informed by the excellence of our research. All of our 22 degree titles have received Royal Society of Biology Accreditation, which is more than any other University in the UK. Our students routinely report high levels of satisfaction – in the 2017 National Student Survey, we were ranked top in the UK for student satisfaction in Biology. Furthermore, the University of Dundee attained a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
Impact and Commercialisation
We are committed to ensuring that our research has a real and significant impact on the quality of people’s lives – their health, the economy and the environment. An important way we achieve this is via our strong links with commercial organisations. Dundee University is ranked top in the UK and 26th in the world by Nature Index 2017 for the impact of its research on global innovation. In the School of Life Sciences, approximately one third of our research income comes from industry-funded sources to tackle a wide range of diseases. Our Drug Discovery Unit is world-leading and bridges the gap between academic scientific research and commercial drug discovery. We also house the Division of Signal Transduction Therapy, founded in 1998, which is the world’s longest running collaboration between academic research laboratories and the pharmaceutical industry.
The School promotes a wide range of public engagement and outreach activities. Our staff and students contribute to local festivals, events held within the School and at venues across the city. We also have a very strong outreach programme for schools, offering our students a unique work-experience opportunity.
We are proud of and value the diversity in our staff and students. We are committed to the highest standards of professional integrity and strive to provide an environment where everyone in the school can work to the best of their ability.
Senior Management Team