University of Dundee

Support Services

School Prizes presented at Review of the Year 2020

Review of the Year 2020 took place virtually today with the Dean, Inke Nathke sharing the highlights of activity within the School from 2020 which was dominated by the coronavirus pandemic. The Review included the presentation of the annual School prizes, many were awarded in recognition of how many members of our School community worked so hard to ensure the School could still undertake its work while ensuring the safety for all. The People’s Award, the newly established Dean’s Commendation and Merit Award and PiCLS Best Mentor Award recognised some of those people.

COVID Stories: There would be no world-leading research without our Support Staff (Part 2)

During lockdown, the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee was not closed. Work continued albeit on a much smaller scale than usual, with the majority of the ongoing research focussed on coronavirus. Our support staff were absolutely critical in keeping the research complex functioning to allow this important work to happen. As we have entered phase 2 of the Scottish Government’s route map out of lockdown, we look back over the past few months and the challenges that our community in the School encountered and had to overcome.

University provides vital PPE equipment for front line community response

The University of Dundee has provided supplies of PPE equipment to Dundee City Council for use by front line public health, social and community care workers across the city.

Facemasks, gloves and other equipment was gathered from across the University, including Life Sciences, to be used by council staff who are working across the community to deliver vital services through the coronavirus pandemic, providing care, support and comfort to vulnerable people across Dundee and Tayside.

Laboratory plastic recycling waste scheme introduced

This month, our Central Technical Services started collecting the plastic recycling waste from pick-up points around the SLS complex. Any clean, dry and millable plastic, even coloured plastic can be recycled but it must be clean, contamination free and dry. Green recycling bins are now in place within all labs with guidance signage on what can and cannot be placed in them.

In order to ensure the best standard operating procedure is in place, throughout January the CTS team, especially Scott MacQueen, Vicki Murray and Wendy Chalmers, have:

Bumper Collection for Christmas Toy Appeal

Mike Hannan with the stores team for the third year organised a collection point for the Dundee Christmas Toy Appeal that is led by Dundee City Council. Each year the toy appeal team reach out to all their contacts and beyond asking for help in making Christmas a very special time for children who have been identified as likely to receive little or no gifts over Christmas. This year, staff and students from the School smashed the amount that was collected compared to last year.