Message from the Dean of the University of Dundee School of Business

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Morris Altman
“We are always looking to improve what we deliver as a business school so your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Have a great and inspiring year.”

Dean of School of Business, Professor Morris Altman

On behalf of all members of our School, I would like to welcome you. We are one of the United Kingdom’s and Scotland’s newest and fastest-growing business schools with an increasingly internationally diverse faculty and student population doing undergraduate and taught post-graduate studies as well as doctoral studies. Although we are relatively new as an independent school, we have a long history of delivering modules and programmes in Economics, Accounting and Finance, and Management and Marketing. In 2021 we celebrated 90 years of Economics teaching and in 2022 we celebrate 50 years of Accounting/Finance education. Our former faculty includes Ronald Coase who began his career with us and went on to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics.

We pride ourselves with always working towards delivering an excellent student experience with modules and programmes that prepare you for the job market or for continuing your education. This is our first priority. We’ve worked hard trying to improve your educational opportunities and your sense of community during the global pandemic, taking advantage of the advances in Cloud teaching. This is part and parcel of our ongoing blended learning initiatives. But we’ve not forgotten the importance of your face-to-face learning experiences with faculty and other students. So, we are pleased to be able to return to campus, meeting with you face-to-face and delivering are lectures and tutorials in a blended fashion. We take advantage of the traditional on-campus delivery along with Cloud delivery, hybrid classrooms, community engagement, and the use of pioneering technology to enhance the learning experience.

We also place considerable emphasis on providing our students with a cutting-edge education in our core disciplines while providing our students with opportunities to specialize in other areas. This is to enrich your skills, to enrich your understanding of your community, and to improve your chances of finding rewarding employment. Core plus interdisciplinarity are key to success.

We’ve recruited outstanding academic faculty from the UK and around the world, who are both excellent teachers and researchers.  Research excellence that informs our teaching and impact our communities remains of utmost importance to us. We regard ourselves as a ‘research intensive’ business school where research serves to build excellence in teaching and our engagement with our communities here and internationally. Our academics present their research throughout the world and publish their research in leading academic and industry outlets. We are impacting the world around us through teaching, research, and community engagement.

We are also very much a business school who considers that understanding of social responsibility in business and all that business affects to be vital to your educational journey. We’re a signatory of PRME (Principals for Responsible Management Education), a United Nations initiative. And this initiative helps guide our teaching and research, recognizing our social and ethical responsibilities as a Business School.

Amongst other initiatives we’re bringing to the School are the Bloomberg Finance Trading Lab (which is now in place), a behavioural decision-making lab, new undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and a doctorate of business administration.

A bit about myself. I've come to Dundee via Australia where I held a Deanship. Prior to this I held senior academic and leadership roles in New Zealand and Canada, where I was born and educated. My educational journey commenced way back in the early 1970s at McGill University in Montreal. I’m an economist with a passion for education and research that’s rooted in the real world, which holds the potential of making a difference to members our community both here in Scotland and abroad.