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Academic Staff Induction: History

A guide for all new staff who teach

History of the University of Dundee

The University of Dundee has a fascinating history from its founding as University College in 1881, to its gaining of university status in 1967, right up to the present day. On this page you can read more about our history and access some of the many resources available to find out more.

History, Organisational Structure and People

Hear about this from Dr Jim McGeorge, the University Secretary and Chief Operating Officer.

Duration 5:04

Pioneering Women Part 1 - from the Archives

Duration: 7:43

Historical Campus Tour

Come on a walk round City Campus with University Museums Curator Matthew Jarron, where he shows you some of the original University buildings and talks about the history of the University and some of the key figures who have taught here.

Duration 43:34

Pioneering Women Part 2 - from the Archives

Duration: 15:15

50 Years of University History

In 2017 the University celebrated 50 years of independence from the University of St Andrews with the release of a collection of resources.

On the University’s 50th anniversary, 50 podcasts were produced by colleagues from across the University on subjects as diverse as Mary Shelley and her Dundee connection, Comics, Jute and Scientific Women. These wonderful vignettes of aspects of the University and the City are definitely worth a listen. 

Professor Sir Pete Downes created this podcast in 2017 for the University's 50th anniversary when he was Principal and Vice Chancellor. 

If you would like to learn more about the history of the University you can also visit Archive Services