Dundee’s constituency MSPs have today [26th] welcomed the news that Dundee University beat Loughborough, Sheffield, Oxford and Cambridge to the top spot in the Times Higher Education (THE) survey on the quality of the student experience after having come fifth in the UK overall last year.
Joe FitzPatrick, who has tabled a motion at the Scottish Parliament, said: “I welcome the success of Dundee University in the survey, which is really a huge vote of confidence in the institution, the campus and the city too as all these aspects come into the survey.
“Not only do both our universities have world-wide reputations for excellence, students are voting with their feet in coming here.
“They recognise that the Dundee campus offers them the best facilities and the best quality of student life in the UK.”
Dundee City East MSP Shona Robison said: “Both of our universities in Dundee continue to attract students from all over the world which reflects on the standing and the reputation they enjoy in the academic world.
“Both institutions have invested in improving the student facilities and the quality of life which Dundee offers is simply the best in the UK.
As a city we have a high proportion of students, with campus facilities at three leading institutions and therefore student life in Dundee is an exciting, stimulating and vibrant part of the educational experience.
“Our congratulations go to the Principal and staff of the university on winning top spot in this survey.”
Joe FitzPatrick has tabled a motion at the Scottish Parliament (text below).
Date of Lodging: 26th April 2012
Short Title: Top Award for University of Dundee
S4M-02711 Joe FitzPatrick (Scottish National Party):
That the parliament congratulates the University of Dundee on being rated as the best in the UK for student experience as surveyed by The Times Higher Education; is pleased that the University of Dundee has been recognised for its commitment to students both academically and in all other areas of student life; further believes that these results are a testament to the redevelopment of much of the University’s main campus over the past 5 years, a result of the Scottish Governments sustained level of funding for Scotland’s institutes of Higher Education; is optimistic that the result in this survey will benefit the University in attracting new students to the city; continues to support the institute in future endeavours to consolidate its reputation not just across the UK, but across the world as an excellent place in which to study; further considers that as Dundee seeks to promote itself as a modern forward looking city, this news is a welcome boost to the whole city.