University of Dundee

The University of Dundee (Scottish Gaelic: Oilthigh Dhùn Dè [ˈɔlhɪj ɣun ˈtʲeː]; abbreviated as Dund. for post-nominals) is a public research university in Dundee, Scotland. It is a red brick university, founded as a university college in 1881 with a donation from the prominent Baxter family of textile manufacturers. The institution was, for most of its early existence, a constituent college of the University of St Andrews alongside United College and St Mary's College located in the town of St Andrews itself. Following significant expansion, the University of Dundee gained independent university status by royal charter in 1967 while retaining much of its ancient heritage and governance structure.The main campus of the university is located in Dundee's West End which contains many of the university's teaching and research facilities; the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee Law School and the Dundee Dental Hospital and School. The university has additional facilities at Ninewells Hospital, containing its school of medicine; Perth Royal Infirmary, which houses a clinical research centre; and in Kirkcaldy, Fife, containing part of its school of nursing and health sciences. The annual income of the institution for 2018–19 was £256.4 million of which £70 million was from research grants and contracts, with an expenditure of £263.1 million.FoundationEllenbank: the former Students' Union, now the School of Business is one of the longest-used buildings of the university. The University of Dundee has its roots in the earlier University college based in Dundee and the University of St Andrews. During the 19th century, the growing population of Dundee significantly increased demand for the establishment of an institution of higher education in the city and several organisations were established to promote this end, including a University Club in the city. There was a significant movement with the intention of moving the entire university to Dundee (which the Royal Commission observed was now a "large and increasing town") or the establishment of a college along very similar lines to the present United College. Finally, agreement was reached that what was needed was expansion of the sciences and professions, rather than the arts at St Andrews.A donation of £120,000 for the creation of an institution of higher education in Dundee was made by Miss Mary Ann Baxter of Balgavies, a notable lady of the city and heir to the fortune of William Baxter of Balgavies. In this endeavour, she was assisted by her relative, John Boyd Baxter, an alumnus of St Andrews and Procurator Fiscal of Forfarshire who also contributed nearly £20,000. In order to craft the institution and its principles, it was to be established first as an independent university college, with a view from its very inception towards incorporation into the University of St Andrews.In 1881, the ideals of the proposed new college were laid down, suggesting the establishment of an institute for "promoting the education of persons of both sexes and the study of Science, Literature and the Fine Arts". No religious oaths were to be required of members. Later that year, "University College, Dundee" was established as an academic institution and the first principal, William Peterson, was elected in late 1882. When opened in 1883, it comprised five faculties: Maths and Natural Philosophy, Chemistry, Engineering and Drawing, English Language and Literature and Modern History, and Philosophy. The University College had no power to award degrees and for some years students were prepared for external examinations of the University of London. The University currently identifies 1881 as the year of its foundation, as University College's endowment was dated 31 December 1881, but 1880, when the announcement of Mary Ann Baxter's funding was made, 1882 and 1883 have also been cited by the institution in the past.The policy of no discrimination between the sexes, which was insisted upon by Mary Ann Baxter, meant that the new college recruited several able female students. Their number included the social reformer Mary Lily Walker and, later, Margaret Fairlie who in 1940 became Scotland's first female professor. Another early female graduate, Ruth Wilson, later Young, became professor of surgery at Lady Hardinge Medical College in Delhi and later became its principalStrategic PlanningStrategic Planning upholds the implementation of our strategic framework, including our core purpose, vision, values and University Strategy through its activity. Our activity includes coordinating our annual planning and budgeting cycle in partnership with Finance, overseeing strategic projects on behalf of the University Executive Group and acting as central point of contact for Schools and Directorates seeking planning data and management information.The team works in partnership with colleagues both within and outwith the institution to ensure that we meet our legal and ethical commitments, advance our strategy and, ultimately, transform lives.  For example, we work in partnership with Human Resources on workload planning, reporting of Equality and Diversity information and workforce planning. We also work closely with External Relations, Registry and Student Services to support the student journey through planning of activity, data provision and analysis including student satisfaction, retention and market intelligence.  Outwith the University, we work both through sector bodies (such as the Scottish Planners forum, UUK and HESPA) and directly with SFC, Scottish Government and the UK Government and to help shape policy and improve its implementation.

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