Transforming Our Facilities

Future Proofing Medical Education and Research


The University of Dundee is consistently ranked among Britain’s top five medical schools – with leading external evaluators scoring highly our educational and research performance.

One metric that spoke volumes in 2013 was the ‘Which? Higher Education’ Student Academic Experience Survey which ranked medical teaching at Dundee in the UK’s top position on three key criteria – principally, the amount of quality teaching time across undergraduate education which is between five and 11 hours per week more than 10 other institutions. This is the equivalent of an extra year of teaching over a five year degree.

Quality of healthcare care in the NHS and overseas is critically dependent on the skills and attitudes of front line staff – and so the quality and character of their alma mater is so important.  At Dundee, we are dedicated to ensuring that tomorrow’s professionals are able to lead the delivery of care and improve health outcomes.

Rankings aside, we can’t be complacent. As well as constantly striving to deliver quality, we must ensure that our facilities – the very environment for learning & teaching and research – are fit for today’s purpose and future-proofed for tomorrow.

Since 2008, we have been transforming our medical education areas. This is a £10.8 million project, much of which is complete - on time and to budget. The first phase delivered exceptional ward simulation facilities and, in 2013, our contractors handed over a new Library plus a technologically advanced e-learning  space (which can be used for classes of up to 40 students or easily divided into small study zones).

In January 2014, our refurbished main auditorium, the Gannochy Trust Lecture Theatre, received its first students. With bench-and-desk style seating for groups of six on the ground floor and traditional seating on the upper level, this pioneering facility creates a more flexible space for team-based learning and wider participation – complete with advanced AV equipment including links to clinical areas and the possibility to live stream lectures and events.

We have raised over £10 million towards funding this transformation and are delighted with the faith that so many donors, from individuals to Trusts, have placed in us to deliver exceptional facilities.

However, we still have a funding shortfall to meet. As of January 2014, we need to raise a further £750,000 to balance our expenditures. And we are now planning the refurbishment of our second auditorium which, when complete, will provide Ninewells Hospital and Medical School with lecture, presentation and symposium facilities that should rank among Europe’s finest.

To maintain momentum, Dundee Medical School asks for your kind support. Funding medical education and research provides one of the most lasting legacies, as your money will help prepare tomorrow's healthcare professionals for service in a fast-changing world – locally, nationally, internationally.

John Connell MD, FRCP, FMedSci, FRSE
Head of College and Vice Principal for Research
College of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
University of Dundee
Ninewells Hospital & Medical School
Dundee DD1 9SY