Our events this year feature graduates or honorary graduates of the University in celebration of our 50th anniversary.  All events will take place in the Dalhousie Building at 6pm unless otherwise stated and will be followed by a drinks reception.

Free tickets will be available via Eventbrite, events@dundee.ac.uk, 01382 385108 and Tower Building Reception.

The Untold Story of the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail

21 January

A behind-the-scenes view of the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail from two Dundee University graduates; David Cunningham, Chief Executive of ARCHIE, and the Bucket Trail’s Art Coordinator Suzanne Scott. How Dundee's biggest ever public event captured the imagination of countless children of all ages and culminated in an auction viewed by hundreds of thousands of people from every corner of the globe. This event will be chaired by Ellis Watson, CEO Publishing at DC Thomson, who were integral to the project.

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The Mighty Women of Science 

(young adult event)

4 March

The Mighty Women of Science is a playful and enlightening all-ages book, which looks at some well known- and some not so well known- women who have and continue to change the world of science. From A for Astronaut (Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space) to Z for Zoologist (the award winning Biruté Gladikas), there’s something to pique everyone’s interest! Come along and hear the Author, Clare Forrest, and illustrator, Fiona Gordon, discuss their journey in creating the book with our own graduate Zoe Venditozzi.

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Dundee to the World

The Drever Commemoration Lecture

25 March

This event will celebrate three of our prestigious graduates who studied here during James Drever’s time as Principal. James Drever was a massive advocate for political discourse, encouraging students to strike and make stands against funding cuts. Each of these graduates – Sir William Patey, Lord George Robertson and John Suchet - has gone on to make an impact in the field of politics and they’ll discuss how their time in Dundee helped shape their careers.

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Wellcome Book Prize 2017

29 April - this event will take place at the later time of 7pm

At some point, medicine touches all our lives. Books that find stories in those brushes with illness are ones that add new meaning to what it means to be human. The Wellcome Book Prize celebrates the very best of these books – fiction and non-fiction. Previous winners include It’s All in Your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan, The Iceberg by Marion Coutts and Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon. Following the announcement of the Wellcome Book Prize 2017 winner, which will take place on Monday 24 April, we are delighted to be joined by Chair of the 2017 Judging Panel, Scottish crime writer Val McDermid,as we celebrate this year’s extraordinary list of titles and hear more from Val about the winning book. #WBP2017

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The Dundee Years

13 May

Saleyha Ahsan is a medical graduate of the University of Dundee, class of 2006. Before her time here, she was the first British Muslim woman to graduate from the royal military academy at Sandhurst as an army officer and went on to serve in the royal army medical corps with an operational tour of Bosnia.  As well as her work as an A&E doctor, Saleyha has had an impactful career as a television presenter, journalist, filmmaker and screenplay writer.  During this event, she will discuss how her time at Dundee provided the perfect haven for forming ideas from outside the box in preparation for a unique career across medicine, media and humanitarianism. 

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2016 Programme

13 February Ben Stewart - Don't Trust, Don't Fear, Don't Beg

5 March Panel Debate - International Crime

19 March Christina Lamb - From Kabul to Raqqa: How we have gone from Afghanistan to a more dangerous world

26 March Panel Debate - Clouds, comics and gaming: Too cool for school?

14 May Professor Mike Ferguson - What is the University of Dundee doing about infectious diseases?

28 May Patrick Grant - Sew Yummy! An exclusive afternoon tea event was held with Patrick Grant where he gave advice and tips to those who attended.  Catering was also provided by Masterchef: The Professionals winner Jamie Scott

28 May Patrick Grant - Menswear Designer


2015 Programme

7 February Panel discussion - Winds of Change: Rethinking the way we respond to a changing climate

7 March Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell - Tapping all our Talents:Women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics

28 March Professor Dame Sally Davies - The risks to society of unrestricted antibiotic use

4 April Allan Little - A witness to war

2 May Family Fun Day -  included a Mad Hatters Tea Party,literary workshops, storytelling corner and face-painting.

2 May Robert Douglas Fairhurst - The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and The Secret History of Wonderland

16 May Julian Bird - "And the winner is...":The Olivier Awards and celebrating the best in British theatre

11 May - 30 May Michael Peto Photographs: Staged in Britain. To coincide with Julian Bird's lecture a special exhibition of iconic black and white photographs from the Peto Collection, held by the University Archives, were displayed in the Dalhousie Building.


2014 Programme

2014 marked the 90th anniversary of the University's Saturday Evening Lecture Series and to mark the occasion an extended programme of events ran throughout the year.

1 February Caroline Shenton - The Day Parliament Burned Down

15 February Dr Kevin Fong - Extremes: Life, Death and the Limits of the Human Body

1 March Leading by Influence: The stories of four remarkable women

22 March Professor Iain Stewart - Underground Britain: The new geological front-line

5 April Kirsty Wark - The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle

26 April Sir Max Hastings - Catastrophe

31 May Chris van der Kuyl - Putting the 4th J into Dundee: The rise and rise of the videogames industry

18 October Jung Chang - Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China

1 November Dundee and its Scientific Firsts  *Part of the Dundee Science Festival in conjunction with Saturday Evening Lecture Series 2014.


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