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Hundreds of students – and alpacas – gather in Dundee for summer school

Published on 4 June 2024

The University of Dundee is set to host the annual Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences (SGSSS) Summer School this week, with hundreds of students from across Scotland – and a small herd of alpacas – all set to arrive on campus.

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The SGSSS Summer School is a two-day, in-person annual event for all social science postgraduate research students at Scottish universities and will feature workshops on social science research methods, transferable skills, impact, working with partners, and career development; plus opportunities for networking and social activities.

Around 250 students will attend each day. 

The event takes place on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 June in the University’s Dalhousie Building.

As part of the programme, on the afternoon of Wednesday 5 June, Summer School attendees will get a chance to meet and pet alpacas, with a small herd brought on to campus and located on the grass area next to the tennis courts near Campus Green.

Dr Ed Hall, University of Dundee’s SGSSS Dean’s Group representative, said, “We’re very excited to host the SGSSS Summer School this year at the University – it’s a unique event that highlights the University of Dundee’s place at the centre of social science research in Scotland and gives PhD students an opportunity to meet, discuss their own research, and learn from experts from across Scotland.”

The on-campus events will be followed with online sessions for summer school students on 10 and 11 June.


Roddy Isles

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