Research Impact

The University of Dundee is one of the strongest research hubs in Europe with an international reputation in Life Sciences, Medicine, Engineering, Computing, Art & Design and the Humanities.

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Over 30% of our funding comes from research and we are committed to translating our research outputs into innovative solutions for health, the environment and the economy. We have strong links with the commercial sector and are committed to engaging with the public to increase awareness of the significance of our research to society.

Economic impact

Our reputation for research excellence has enabled us to forge important strategic partnerships and attract inward investment from industrial collaborators, spin-out companies and in-house service units. This has had significant local impacts, stimulating the emergence of a regional biotechnology cluster which makes a major contribution to the Tayside economy and currently accounts for 16% of local jobs.

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V&A Dundee


The V&A at Dundee project symbolises the excellent culture of partnership working evident in Dundee. Bringing the V&A to Dundee builds on the significant creative and digital talent already present in the city through Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and White Space at University of Abertay, as well as complementing the city's long heritage in comics and illustration and its newer and vital digital industries.

Impact on technology and innovation

World leading research on spacecraft technology has been going on in Computing at the University of Dundee for over a decade. This has lead to the SpaceWire standard which is being used in many spacecraft by space organisations around the world. Our work on renewable energy (DUCRE) is finding sustainable solutions to future energy needs that will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from current levels.

The overarching research theme in Mechanical Engineering is on medical technologies and devices. It works closely with the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing and with the institute for Medical Science & Technology (IMSaT) - an interdisciplinary institute for future medical technologies positioned at the interface between Physics and Engineering on the one hand and Clinical and Life Sciences on the other.

Social impact and impact on policy

We continually strive to translate our research into practical outputs that improve quality of life and the environment. Research in imaging techniques has lead to new methods of human identification, which have in turn altered the legal framework relating to prosecution of paedophiles. We also impact social policy through research which has changed governmental approach to illicit drug deaths. 

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Illicitly produced 'street' benzodiazepine tablets, containing the drug Etizolam, commonly implicated in drug-related deaths in Scotland