Graduates’ Association

You may not realise, but once you graduate from the University of Dundee, with either a degree or diploma, you automatically become a life member of the Graduates' Association

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Since the University became independent from the University of St Andrews in 1967 there have been over 100,000 members of the Graduates Association spread over 50 countries across the world and that number continues to grow each year.

During 2019/20 the University Court, and Privy Council approved proposals endorsed by the Graduates' Association Alumni Advisory Committee which have reformed the way in which the University engages with its graduates. One of the key changes was the introduction of a nominated member of the Court, who is also a member of the Graduates’ Association, to act as an intermediary between graduates and the University Court.

Dr William Boyd will be the Court nominated intermediary for graduates until 31 July 2021. Jane Marshall will be the intermediary from 1 August 2021 until 31 July 2023 and can also be contacted as an alternate to Dr Boyd if required. Both can be contacted via

William Boyd
“As one of the University’s earliest graduates, I am delighted to be the nominated graduate member of Court. I graduated with a BSc in Mathematics from the University in 1968, the first year in which it awarded its own degrees. I then undertook postgraduate research in Applied Mathematics at the University, supervised by Professor DS Jones, and was awarded a PhD in 1972. My wife Frances (whom I met in the University’s Computer Centre in the 1970s) and I live in Dundee; it has been fascinating to see how the University has developed and grown in recent years. I am privileged to be involved in this new format and look forward to being the point of contact between the University and its graduates.”

Dr William Boyd

After two years of postdoctoral research at Dundee, William joined the University of Bristol, where he spent most of his academic career. Latterly, he was Head of its School of Mathematics, and then Dean of its Faculty of Science. He has also served as an Assessor for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, reviewing institutions which apply to the Privy Council for degree-awarding powers.

He was elected in 2013 to the University Court as one of the two Assessors of the Graduates Association. During his time on Court, he has been a member of several of its committees: Governance and Nominations, Audit and Risk, Welfare and Ethical Use of Animals, Finance and Policy, and People and Organisational Development (and currently serves on the latter three).

There are currently no vacancies on the University Court but these will be advertised to graduates in due course.

In recent years the Development and Alumni Relations team have aimed to create a more vibrant and engaged alumni community who are actively participating in the University’s ongoing success. As our graduates, you are very much our ambassadors and advocates who can help the University with plans for transformation and growth throughout the world.

Our alumni relations programme is underpinned by a calendar of communications and events, volunteering and mentoring opportunities and engagement with our current students. This replaces the Graduate Associations’ Alumni Advisory Committee and its associated events and activities.

We would love to hear from you if you would be interested in getting involved in any of these activities. For further information, please contact