Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Published on 8 September 2022

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with her family and those whose lives she touched.

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Queen Elizabeth II, with Professor Sir Pete Downes, visiting our Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science in 2016


We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with her family and all those whose lives she touched throughout a remarkable reign that lasted over 70 years.

The death of HM The Queen will have a huge impact on many people, including across our University community. This is a time now of national mourning.

While we join with the rest of the world in this period of change and mourning, we give thanks for The Queen’s life of service to our country and celebrate the ways in which she touched our University.

The University has a special connection to the Royal Family as our university status was conferred by a Royal Charter granted by The Queen in 1967. Our first Chancellor was Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, whose ancestral home was Glamis Castle, near to Dundee.

We remember with appreciation HM The Queen's most recent visit to Dundee, in 2016, where she and HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, visited the University's Leverhulme Centre for Forensic Science Research.

We are also one of only 12 universities to be awarded a Regius Professorship by The Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee in 2012. These Professorships are exceptionally rare, and are a mark of quality teaching and research at an institution. Currently, Regius Professor Sir Mike Ferguson holds this chair within our School of Life Sciences.

We have been honoured to receive on three separate occasions the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, which celebrates excellence, innovation and public benefit in our work.

In 2013 this was awarded to our Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) for anatomy research being successfully applied to aid forensic and victim identification.

In 2005 our Division of Signal Transduction Therapy (DSTT) received the Prize for its work in creating new drugs to help treat major global diseases

In 1998 the Prize was awarded for our innovative surgical skills training which helps surgeons develop expertise in minimal access technology used in surgery.

Our connections to HM The Queen and the Royal Family have been deep and long lasting. We join the nation in mourning her loss.


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