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Janice Aitken is an artist and Reader in Art & Design who has worked in Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design since 2003. She currently teaches in Contemporary Art Practice and is Associate Dean for Public and Community Engagement.

She graduated from DJCAD in 1984 having studied Fine Art, Drawing and Painting. Since then she has been engaged in exhibiting, facilitating community projects, public art, gallery engagement education and scientific visualisation. She regularly collaborates with colleagues from across the University of Dundee including CAHID, the School of Life Sciences and the School of Education and Social Work.

Working in a variety of media including photography, painting, animation and digital film and interactive media, Aitken's work has been exhibited in the National Gallery of Scotland, the Science Museum, London, the Bachaus, Eisenach, Germany as well as more local venues such as the McManus Galleries and the University of Dundee School of Life Sciences. She has also contributed to internationally broadcast TV documentaries 'The King in the Car Park' and Cleopatra, Portrait of a Killer'.

Aitken is a trustee of several organisations including the DOJ Centenary Trust, Dundee Women’s Aid, Tin Roof Artist’s Collective and is a Director of The Centre for Transformative Change: Educational and Life Transitions (TCELT).

In her role as Associate Dean, she is responsible for strategic and operational oversight of the broad and varied Public Engagement activity that takes place in Duncan of Jordanstone.

Aitken is also the Academic Lead for the relationship between the University of Dundee and V&A Dundee.

She is an elected member of both University of Dundee Senate and Court.

Declared Interests

Declared Interests 
Start of Term on Court16 October 2014 (Elected by Senate)
Employment (other than University of Dundee)None
Directorships, etc.

Trustee of Tin Roof Artist's Collective Ltd

Trustee, Duncan of Jordanstone Centenary Trust.

Chair of Dundee Women's Aid Board - March 2017-ongoing.

Other pecuniary interestsNone
Other Information and any significant other commitments

1. Branch Secretary of Dundee UCU (May 2014 - May 2015)

2. President, Dundee UCU (May 2011 - May 2014)

3. Equality Officer for UCU Scotland (2014 - 2015)

4. Honorary Secretary, UCU Scotland (from May 2015 - May 2017)

5. Honorary Secretary UCU Scotland (May 2019 - November 2019)

6. Assistant Secretary Dundee UCU (May 2019 - November 2019)

Related PartiesNone
Register Last Updated18/11/2019


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Areas of expertise

  • Art and design