Principal's welcome for The Bridge

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David Maguire standing in front of the University of Dundee sign
“Wherever you are in the world I think we can all say 2020 has been a year like no other, as we have all had to cope with the effects of the global pandemic. It has changed how we work and live. I had not long taken up the Principal’s office before we were moved into lockdown and had to start working from home, as did the vast majority of our staff and students.”

Professor David Maguire, Interim Principal & Vice-Chancellor  

In adapting to these new ways of working we have done all we can to maintain the standards that saw us named University of the Year 2020 for Student Experience, by the Sunday Times Good University Guide. Dundee has long prided itself on being one of the best places in the UK to be a student, something you as alumni will know well.

We are looking forward to welcoming students back from all over the world in the new academic year, so they can fully enjoy the unique Dundee experience. Detailed plans are in place to minimise the threat of the virus and keep our students and staff as safe as possible.

I have been full of admiration for how our University community has responded to the challenges presented by Covid-19. At the forefront of that has been the work of our researchers, who immediately set to the task of developing understanding of the coronavirus, working to develop vaccines for Covid-19 and future coronaviruses, and examining other possible treatments including existing drugs which could be effective against Covid-19.

We are engaged with other research teams and collaborations around the world, with other universities and pharmaceutical companies.

It is important to note that life does go on beyond the Covid-19 issues. We continue to carry out groundbreaking research and make a great impact in many areas of society. That includes being at the forefront of efforts to make a breakthrough against Parkinson’s disease, where we have real hope of being able to make a difference to the lives of patients.

You can read more about our efforts with regards to Covid-19 and Parkinson’s, including how you can lend your support to our effort, in these pages.

While we continue to make a global impact, we are also committed to making a strong local impact and supporting the development of the city of Dundee and our surrounding region.

We are engaged in efforts to create new businesses and opportunity from the site of what was the Michelin factory in the city. There is determination and drive among the local partners to create something exciting and of real substance here. We also continue to pursue new developments through the Tay Cities Deal, including the development of the Tay Cities Biomedical Cluster, in partnership with NHS Tayside, and a new innovation hub for forensic science and related technologies.

We want to make Dundee a great place to live, work and study for everyone, including both our own students and staff, and also the wider community. I see so much positive work being done that will make real positive differences.

I appreciate the support that comes to us from our alumni around the globe, and the interest you continue to show in our activities. It is a reminder that our alumni remain a part of our community long after you have gained your degrees. Similarly, we are always interested to hear what you, our alumni, are doing and the impact you are making.

Wherever you are in the world, I hope we can stay in touch. I also hope you are staying safe and well, and that someday soon we can welcome you back to Dundee. 

Enjoy the 2020 issue of The Bridge.

Professor David Maguire 
Interim Principal & Vice-Chancellor