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University of Dundee gets ready to welcome back its alumni

Hundreds of graduates of the University of Dundee will return to the city from all over the world this weekend to join celebrations marking the University’s 50th anniversary.

Former students, and their families from as far afield as Australia and the USA will be flooding back to the campus where many of them started their academic careers.

The returning alumni will add to the buzz in the city on a weekend when the University’s annual Art, Design and Architecture Degree Show also opens. Celebrations for the alumni weekend will include visits to the Degree Show and a host of other events co-ordinated by the University’s Alumni and Development team.

Saturday, 20th May will see various campus and school tours, celebrations on Campus Green and a standoff between the 1983 winners of University Challenge and four current students.

The weekend will be brought to a close with a family picnic at the University of Dundee’s Botanic Garden on Sunday, May 21st. It will also mark the culmination of the Minecraft 50 Hour Jam, an event that will see teams design a new iconic University building.

The University’s Principal, Professor Sir Pete Downes, said, “We are engaged with our alumni around the world, many of whom act as ambassadors for the University and help spread the word about the special place Dundee is. I am delighted now to welcome many of them back here to campus at the Scottish University of the Year.

“We are expecting alumni from across the UK and beyond for what should be a fantastic celebration.”

Head of Alumni and Development, Ellenore Hobkirk said, “We are looking forward to welcoming back our alumni from far and wide, but also those who have chosen to make Dundee their home.

“We have put together a programme for everyone to enjoy and it is shaping up to be a great weekend.” 

On August 1st 1967, the University of Dundee came into formal existence by virtue of a Royal Charter and separated from the University of St Andrews.

For more information about the University’s Alumni Weekend, go to www.dundee.ac.uk/50

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