Celebrating 50 years of Accounting and Finance

Published on 19 April 2022

Join us to celebrate 50 years of accounting & finance teaching at the University of Dundee. Open to all Alumni, friends, colleagues across industry.

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We are looking forward to celebrating 50 years of the Accounting and Finance Department at the University.

Over the weekend of 26 and 27 August, we will be focussing on the past, present and future of accounting/finance education at the University and looking at the department’s place in the University but also its place in the city.

We want to welcome Alumni, friends and colleagues from across industry to the event. To learn more, celebrate with us and help support our vision for the future of accounting and finance. We hope the event can build new networks and encourage individuals and organisations to get involved with us going forward.

The event will take place Friday 26 August 2022 and Saturday 27 August 2022. Details of the various activities below. 

Friday 26 August – Dalhousie building, University of Dundee campus

Time Event Speaker
13:00 - 14:00 Coffee and cake  
14:00-14:10 Welcome Prof. Iain Gillespie (University Principal), Prof. Morris Altman (Dean), Dr Alison Fordyce and Bob Lyon
14:10 - 14:30 Archive Research Prof. David Power, Dr Renzo Cordina and Dr Alison Fordyce
14:30-14:40 Dundee yesterday Video messages from - Fred MacAulay (Accountancy class of 1978), Prof. Christine Helliar (former Dean)
14:40-15:00 Dundee today & tomorrow Greg Colgan, CEO DCC (class of 2000)
15:00-15:20 Dundee today & tomorrow Chris van der Kuyl
15:20-15:30 Coffee  
15:30-15:45 Dundee today & tomorrow Adair Simpson; Deputy CEO Carnoustie Golf Links
15:45-16:30 Panel Discussion (with Chris)  The skills that employers need
16:30-18:00 Informal drinks reception and canapes Accountancy Lecture Theatre


Saturday 27 August – various locations

Time Activity
Morning We have various social activities planned – see booking link for full details
13:00 onwards Same presentation agenda as the Friday
19:00 Evening meal at the V&A

We would also like to collect any old photos that you may have from your time at the university (with accompanying text) and so we have set up a memory board. Please feel free to add to the collection - we will be making a presentation with these photographs for all to enjoy on the day.

If you have any questions, drop us an email –

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