University of Dundee -TEF Gold

University of Dundee

  • Education at Dundee is ranked in the world’s top 150 (QS World University Rankings)
  • The University of Dundee has recorded one of the highest scores in the latest International Student Barometer (ISB). An overall average satisfaction of 89.6% among Dundee students, the highest score of any participating Scottish universities, 2nd in the UK and 6th globally.
  • Education is ranked 3rd in the UK, Complete University Guide, 2019
  • The University of Dundee is one of the UK’s top 30 in The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
  • One of the world’s top 250 universities (Times Higher Education 2018)
  • One of only 12 in the United Kingdom to also hold a Gold Award in the Teaching Excellence Framework awarded in 2017. The ranking places Dundee among an elite group of British universities licensed to use the TEF Gold Award for the next three years.
  • Rated 3rd in the UK for quality of teaching
  • The University of Dundee has been ranked joint 8th in the UK for student experience, and joint 2nd within Scotland. This is the third successive year in which we have achieved a Top 10 result – National Student Survey 2018
  • The University of Dundee ranked 2nd in Scotland in the 2018 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey and 14th in the UK.
  • Education was ranked 6th in the UK – The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
  • Top in UK for Childhood Practice (Others in Education) (National Student Survey 2017)
  • Scottish University of the Year – The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 and 2017
  • Ranked 29th in The Guardian University Guide, 2019
  • Ranked 28th in Times Higher Education (THE) UK University Rankings, 2017
  • 76% of research at Dundee was rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally renowned’ in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (published December 2014)
  • The University of Dundee is ranked among the top 25 most innovative universities in Europe, and first in Scotland, in the ranking produced by Reuters. (Reuter’s Europe’s Most Innovative Universities 2017)
  • Ranked 22nd in the world, and 1st in Scotland, in a new league table of universities founded in the post-war ‘Golden Age’ 2018


In 1881 University College, Dundee, Scotland was founded as an independent academic institution for ‘promoting the education of persons of both sexes and the study of Science, Literature and the Fine Arts’. Soon after, in 1897 University College became part of the University of St Andrews.

In 1954, resulting from constitutional changes within the University of St Andrews, University College, with the gracious consent of Her Majesty the Queen, was renamed Queen’s College.

In 1966, on the basis of recommendations made by the Advisory Committee, the University Court and the Council of Queen’s College submitted a joint petition to the Privy Council seeking the grant of a Royal Charter to establish the University of Dundee. This petition was approved and, in terms of the Charter, Queen’s College became the University of Dundee on the first of August 1967.

The University has seen many changes since it became an independent institution in 1967, but the fundamental aim remains. That is to: “transform lives locally and globally through the creation, sharing and application of knowledge.”

Today, the University of Dundee reflects this aim in many ways:

  • excelling in teaching and research;
  • contributing to the social, economic and cultural life of Scotland and the wider world;
  • shaping the future by solving important real-world problems.
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