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It was first granted city status eight hundred years ago. Dundee and its people have a long history of invention and innovation - the first telephone service in the world outside London, the first street lights, the postage stamp. the submarine telephone cable, the hole-in-the-wall cash dispenser all first saw the light of day in Dundee.
Though small enough not to be overwhelming or impersonal the city (population 170,000) is large enough to support a wide variety of cultural and leisure pursuits, in many of which the University plays an active part. Dundee's unique location at the mouth of the Tay estuary with a hinterland of rich agricultural land with magnificent "Highland" scenery beyond has a great deal to do with the quality of life to be found here.
Tayside Region takes its name from the River Tay which flows for nearly a hundred miles from the Highlands to the North Sea. Its magnificent scenery ranges from mountains and lochs in the west, to miles of coastline in the east with rich agricultural land in between.
Notable tourist attractions include Blair Castle (home of the Duke of Atholl), Pitlochry (with its restored "little houses"), Glamis Castle (ancestral home of the Queen Mother), Scone Palace (with impressive state rooms and historically the site of the coronation of the Kings of Scotland), Perth (an elegant town with shops to match).
Tayside is also notable for its coastal scenery. The suburb of Broughty Ferry is Dundee's seaside resort but in a very genteel fashion. Further up the coast are Carnoustie (venue of several "Open" Championships) and Arbroath famous for its smoked haddock - "smokies" - and for signing of Scotland's Declaration of Independence in its abbey in 1320. Beyond Arbroath the coast becomes more rugged and provides shelter for extensive birdlife which can be observed from a nature trail along the cliffs. Other bird sanctuaries within easy reach are Montrose Basin, Forfar Loch and Loch of the Lowes (near Dunkeld).
Dundee offers unrivalled opportunities for outdoor pursuits on land and water. The University has its own water sports centre on the Tay estuary where dinghy sailing is especially popular. The local rivers provide opportunities for canoeing and the lochs and country parks are ideal for windsurfing. Dundee's location offers a choice of easily accessible ski resorts (Glenshee or Cairngorm) and mountains beckon in all seasons.
Dundee is on the main East Coast route with direct services to Newcastle, York and London, and to Sheffield, Birmingham, Bristol and Plymouth.
Dundee airport offers daily services to Manchester and Aberdeen both of which have a range of onward connections. Air services to Dundee are expanding with further routes to major UK airports expected soon.
All departments are located on the main campus with the exception of clinical medical departments based at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School in residential suburbs on a 200 acre parkland site.
Two of the Halls of Residence (Airlie and Belmont) are on campus and the others are less than a mile away. Two of the largest self-catering complexes (Peterson and Tay Mills) are on the edge of the campus and another (Wimberley) occupies a similar location in relation to the Mecical School. Much of the private accommodation for students is located close to the campus. Attached to West Park Hall is the only centre in Britain providing full conference and residential facilities accessible to all including wheelchair users.
Its origins date back to the founding of University College, Dundee in 1882. In common with many other institutions created at that period it prepared students for external degrees of the University of London. In 1897, University College became part of the University of St. Andrews, remaining so for 70 years.
In 1994 Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, adjoining the campus, merged with the University to become one of its faculties. The University is consistently among the top universities in the annual league tables for graduate employment.
Did you know?
The University is a world centre for research excellence in the life sciences. Some of the world's most distinguished cancer scientists are working here.
Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery was pioneered here with the purpose-built Sugical Skills Laboratory training up to 20 surgeons per week.
The Centre for Medical Education, specialising in innovative teaching techniques for doctors and nurses, is one of the foremost in the world in this field.
The centre for Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy was the first of its kind in the UK to train lawyers in this specialist field.
The unique Centre for Profound Multiple Disabilities draws upon expertise in Social Work, Psychology, Computer Science and the Medical School. The Micro Centre has the largest academic group in the world developing communication systems for the disabled.
The first television weather satellite maps were produced by the Remote Sensing section of the Department of Applied Physics and Electronic and Mechanical Engineering. Research by other staff in the same Department discovered properties in amorphous silicon with applications in liquid crystal displays including flat screen television, pocket calculators and solar energy panels.
Concern for the plight of the Third World is perhaps best illustrated by the pioneering work of the Department of Biological Sciences in improving soil fertility for crop growing.