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Academic Staff Induction: Social and Culture

A guide for all new staff who teach

We might not all be back on campus yet but for those who are, bear in mind that some of the information on this page can be subject to change under the current circumstances.

Top 5 coffee spots on City Campus 

Image of Pavement Cafe in DUSA building

We appreciate that things are different now and all these places might not be fully functioning as yet but we hope they will be soon 

  1. The Library Café – bustling with staff and students, you’re always guaranteed a smile from staff, and to spot someone you know. Coffee from a machine, but pretty good. 

  1. The Pavement Café  Airlie Place side of the DUSA building. Barista coffee at great prices. Good breakfast deals. Great view towards the Tay and a lovely outdoor space for summer meetings or catch ups. 

  1. Top of the Tower café – best view in Dundee as it’s located on the 10th floor of the Tower Building. Great place to take visiting colleagues to. Mostly staff but some students too.  

  1. The Chaplaincy café – busy café upstairs in the University’s Chaplaincy. Some outside tables when warm, and great soup to eat in or take away at lunchtime. 

  1. Cantina – level 2 of the Crawford Building, DJCAD. If not DJCAD staff or student you need to gain access and directions from the main reception. Cantina offers a relaxed and sociable environment, with the walls covered in student art.  Virtual Tour  

Other Campuses

Life Sciences and Dentistry have their own cafés as well, but you need fob access for these. 

The Global Room is open to staff as well as student and has 'make your own' tea and coffee facilities. 

Kirkcaldy Campus has a new social space for staff and students, opened in February 2020 - read the blog post

In the Medical School at Ninewells Hospital there is the Ian Lowe Centre for staff and students, a nice light space where you can get food, coffee and have an informal meeting. 

A student’s perspective on Campus coffee spots!

If you aren't on campus why not set up a virtual coffee with some of your peers - use Teams or Collaborate.

The Institute of Sport and Exercise

ISE transform lives through sport, exercise and physical activity and is a great place to get to know people. 

Visit their web page to find out more about what they offer and learn how you can still be healthy and active using online activities.

Image of front face of the Institute of Sport and Exercise

Museum Services  

The University has a fascinating and varied collection of over 30,000 historic artefacts, artworks and specimens acquired during the span of the Institution's existence.

These are cared for by Museum Services, which is led by University curator Matthew Jarron. He runs an exciting exhibition programme over the University’s four galleries and museum spaces. 

Image of the curator with students in the D'Arcy Thompson Museum

There are several other exhibition spaces in the University: 

  • Exhibitions at DJCAD run four gallery spaces, including The Cooper Gallery, located within Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. Dedicated to contemporary art, design and visual culture, their programme of exhibitions, projects and events supports, produces and disseminates the best practices of national and international artists, designers, writers and creative thinkers. 
  •  Lifespace is Scotland’s first dedicated art-science research gallery, located in the School of Life Sciences. During exhibitions the space is open by appointment during the week, and 11am-5pm on Saturdays.  

Culture at the University of Dundee 

The University has a thriving cultural scene with many events such as exhibitions, talks, music recitals and film screenings taking place throughout the year. 

University Culture Online is a really informative and interesting blog; a digital snapshot and celebration of the cultural activity that our staff and students participate in across the University.  

The Centre for Scottish Culture brings together members of the School of Humanities, DJCAD, and other departments at the University of Dundee with interests in the literature, culture and history of Scotland and its people. The Centre helps facilitate creative and academic collaboration among our staff, students, and the wider community, and showcases our innovative work on popular culture, including film, comics and graphic novels, as well as poetry, theatre and fiction. 


'The health and well being of our colleagues, students and the wider University community is paramount. As a result, the Chaplaincy building is now closed until further notice however, the Chaplaincy & Chaplains are still available for Staff & Students.'

Here are the contact details for our Chaplains

Prayer Rooms

The University has a Brothers’ and a Sisters’ Prayer room, on Airlie Place.

  • The Brothers’ room is accessed by going round the back of the building at  1 Airlie Place.
  • The Sisters’ Prayer room is at 5 Airlie Place.  

More information and request for access. 

Dundee Central Mosque is located a 5 minute walk from City Campus. Dundee Islamic Society