Dundee, United Kingdom
Discover the top reasons for why you should consider coming to University of Abertay Dundee
So friendly... One of the things that makes the Abertay experience special is the friendly, welcoming environment created by our staff and students, who come from a great diversity of backgrounds and cultures. Over 80 nationalities are represented on campus, and our courses attract everyone from local school leavers to overseas research students.
So supportive... We offer a really supportive environment, designed deliberately to help you to make the most of your studies with us. Coming to university is a major step in your life, and our staff are here to make sure that the transition is as smooth as possible. They can offer advice and support on everything from accommodation and managing your finances, to staying healthy and planning your workload.
So convenient... Abertay is right at the heart of Dundee, combining all the advantages of a close-knit campus with the buzz of city centre life. All our buildings are within a quarter of a mile of each other, along with hundreds of shops, bars, clubs, cinemas and theatres, and we´re just a few minutes´ walk from the citys main bus and train stations.
The heart of the University lies in Bell Street, with most teaching and learning facilities, offices, research centres, the Bernard King Library and the Student Centre all within a few yards of each other. Whether you´re going to lectures, meeting with friends or staff, studying in the library, or attending tutorials and seminars, you´ll always feel like a part of our bustling community.
...and world leaders As well as being a great place to be a student - Abertay is also home to world-leading research teams, whose discoveries are hailed internationally.
We are the top-rated modern university in Scotland for environmental science research, with leading-edge initiatives such as the Abertay Centre for the Environment promoting `green´ business practices; the Urban Water Technology Centre developing innovative new drainage and pollution-control technology; and the SIMBIOS unit exploring bioinformatics and soil dynamics.
All of our researchers are involved in teaching and developing courses - giving our students the chance to learn from world leaders every day.
We have researchers developing new software and new systems in an amazing variety of fields, not just in computer games but in customer-oriented sales and service, environmental monitoring and prediction, novel medical diagnosis and treatment systems, cyber-security, town planning, policing, critical infrastructure planning, education and learning, heritage preservation, soil science and sustainability, infection control, sports psychology, telehealth, energy, business innovation capacity and much more.
The new Prototyping and Business Support Project for the UKs games and digital media industry run by Abertay is a £5 million initiative that is planned to create dozens of new businesses and hundreds of new graduate-level jobs.
Abertay has also been chosen to manage the Scotland Food and Drink Skills Academy, promoting the development of high-level skills and innovation through an industry which, in an age of food security, is a key component of Scotlands competitive economy.
And in 2009, the University was designated the UKs first national centre for excellence in computer games education, and we opened a new Institute of Arts, Media and Computer Games to take forward research and teaching the creative industries.
Every year, students from over 80 nationalities choose to study at the University of Abertay Dundee. Our location, facilities, reputation for innovative, employment-relevant courses, and our friendly, supportive environment are just some of the reasons why international students choose to study with us year after year.
Abertay is an internationally recognised institution dating back to 1888, when it was founded to offer opportunities of higher education to working people in Dundee. Today, the University is recognised for its achievements in teaching, learning and research that directly support the industries of today and the future.
Dundee is Scotlands fourth largest city. Of the Universitys approximately 5000 students, across five faculties/schools, around two-thirds are from Scotland but over 80 countries are represented in our student community
With a reputation for developing innovative, exciting courses, Abertay has become well-known internationally in the fields of computer games, computer arts, environment and biotechnology, as well as offering a wide range of courses in fields as diverse as psychology, ethical hacking, biotechnology, business, environment, oil & gas courses across four academic Schools: Engineering, Computing and Applied Mathematics, Dundee Business School, Contemporary Sciences, and Social and Health Sciences; and our Institute of Art, Media and Computer Games.
The Universitys world-leading development of computing and creative and digital arts degree programmes has resulted in it being named the UKs first National Centre of Excellence for Computer Games Education.
White Space Situated on the ground floor of the University's Kydd Building, White Space is a unique knowledge environment for students, staff and local businesses. Opened in 2007 and with an eclectic mix of disciplines, this creative environment is now a thriving hub of activity. The library The facilities at Abertay are excellent and getting better. Our award-winning The Bernard King Library has set the standard for all British universities. This superb learning environment includes fully equipped seminar rooms for teaching information and IT skills, six group study rooms, and the Centre for Language Learning and Self-Study. Part of the building has been designed to operate 24 hours a day and combines IT and study facilities and a time-out area where students can relax. Student Centre Abertay's Student Centre is in the middle of our friendly city campus, just yards from our award-winning library and main teaching buildings. We've invested £6 million into getting it just right, from the beautiful red sandstone to the inspiring green cladding with glass front. The Student Centre is more than just a building - its the cultural and social hub of our city campus and is a safe, stimulating environment in which to eat, relax and socialise with friends and meet with lecturers. Sport@Abertay Sport@Abertay is as much a part of university life as attending lecture and tutorials. We have over 20 sports clubs ranging from traditional sports such as rugby and football through to new exciting sports such as skydiving and ultimate Frisbee. Most clubs compete in the Scottish universities sport leagues, while some also compete in local amateur leagues. There is also a revitalised gym that is on campus, making it ideal to use in-between classes. For a minimal membership you have the use of 14 cardio vascular stations, 15 strength stations and as much training advice as you want. Abertay Sports Injuries Centre The Sports Injury Clinic is a multi-disciplinary centre that brings together expertise from the areas of sports medicine and sports science and delivers them to the individual. The centre provides a comprehensive service to everyone and is delivered by our staff who are highly qualified in a range of areas including the diagnosis of injuries, rehabilitation advice, screening and advice on appropriate training methods. They are also qualified in massage and acupuncture. The Hannah Maclure Centre The Hannah Maclure Centre is located on the top floor of the new Abertay Student Centre in the heart of campus and provides an informal and cultural space for students and staff to present, engage and interact with exhibitions. The centre also houses a state-of-the-art cinema and performance space that seats 80, and runs student film nights and a multitude of one-off screenings, performances and seminars. Students' Association There are many things to do at Abertay when you are not studying. The Students' Association organises a wide range of societies covering all sorts of interests from the Biotechnology Society, Japanese Film and Anime Society, to the Poker Society. All of the societies welcome new members so you don't need to be an expert to join. Abertay GameLab The best way to teach our students all about game technology and game application development at undergraduate and postgraduate level was to create their very own game lab. GameLab consists of two main teaching areas, an octagonal pod area housing 40 computer stations, and an advanced development areas housing 50 computer stations used for the high-end game and graphics development. Muslim Prayer Room The Muslim Prayer Room is maintained by the Abertay Islamic Society and is situated on Level 2, Old College, Room 2518c. The Piping and Traditional Music Club The Abertay University Piping and Traditional Music Club was formed in 2001 and aims to promote piping, drumming, traditional music and ceilidh dancing within the University and in the wider community. Membership is open to all. The club runs a variety of activities and groups including the University of Abertay Dundee Pipe Band and a traditional acoustic music session group, from which members of the Abertay Ceilidh Band are drawn. In addition, tuition is offered in piping, fiddle and guitar. Many of our tutors, in addition to being full-time staff members, are professional musicians in their own right, often competing and composing their own music, so high quality tuition is guaranteed. We also offer tuition in ceilidh dancing as well as organising social events and outings on a regular basis. Annual membership costs just £5 for students and £10 for staff/external members. This entitles you to take part in as many music and dance classes, sessions or practices as you can fit in! IT support Abertay is one of the leading universities in the use of communications and information technologies in the support of teaching and learning, and access to electronic and other information resources is central to every course at the University. Our Information Services combine the information provision skills of library staff with the technical expertise of our computing team, together with the creative design and multimedia expertise of publishing staff. Students therefore benefit from the provision of a high quality integrated support service across the University Wireless internet access Students using a laptop equipped with a wireless card can connect to the Universitys wireless network wherever there is a hotspot sign.
Student life at Abertay is fun and exciting. No matter what type of student you are - undergraduate, postgraduate, full-time, part-time, coming from a local college or from abroad, you´ll not be alone at Abertay. The University is conveniently located on a city centre Campus, with all of its buildings within a quarter of a mile of each other. Shops, recreational facilities and the main bus and train stations are but a short walk away. The main buildings, Old College, Kydd Building, White Space, Student Centre and Hannah Maclure Centre and cinema and some Abertay accommodation are in the Bell Street complex, grouped around the University's outstanding award-winning Bernard King Library. There is always a busy atmosphere around the Abertay campus, as students come and go to lectures, meet with staff, study for exams, and attend tutorials and seminars. As well as succeeding academically, we want to make sure you enjoy your time in Dundee, so we'll be there to support you every step of the way. If you feel you are struggling with your finances, workload or feeling homesick, the counsellors will be able to put you back on your feet and help you move forward again.
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