Working at Abertay

Working at Abertay 

We're a small, friendly and ambitious university.

Founded in 1888, we pride ourselves in offering industry-relevant courses for both today and the future. We were granted University title in 1994 and have around 4,000 students on our Dundee city centre campus, offering a range of programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate and research level.

We're also proud of our friendly and informal approach - here you'll play a real part in the direction of our University and the future of our students, as you are key to our success.

We're ranked as a leading Modern University in Scotland in all league tables, and in the last few years we're consistently in the top three.

For details of our current vacancies, please see our Jobs page.

Pay and Reward

Here's a snapshot of the important details:

  • 29-33 days paid annual leave
  • 8 days Christmas/New Year paid leave where we close the University
  • Contributory pension scheme: LGPS (Local Government Pensions Scheme), STSS (Scottish Teachers' Superannuation Scheme) or USS (Universities Superannuation Scheme) - with a substantial University contribution towards your pension
  • Childcare Vouchers, Cycle to Work and Buying Additional Holidays schemes providing benefits with exemption from tax and National Insurance
  • Occupational sick pay and maternity/adoption/parental pay

Abertay Pay Scales (from August 1, 2018). 

Abertay Terms and Conditions

How We Support You

As a new member of staff you'll be welcomed to our friendly institution where we enjoy an informal culture.

Abertay is passionate about inclusion, equality and diversity for staff as well as students, and we're proud that we've been recognised with Bronze Awards for both Athena SWAN and Race Equality Charter. In addition, we have signed the UK Armed Forces Covenant, committing to ensuring no disadvantage to members of the armed forces, veterans or their families.  

We also have a Healthy Working Lives Gold award, which recognises our commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees. We're also a recognised Cycle Friendly Employer

We have an array of family friendly policies which include, flexible working, enhanced maternity/paternity/adoption leave and carers’ leave. We also operate a flexi-time scheme to help employees get the right work-life balance.

We have a free external counselling service available to all staff and an on-site professional Occupational Health Advisor.

We have an on-site quiet contemplation room, multi-faith space and Islamic Prayer Rooms.

We have a sports centre on campus with regular classes available to staff and students at very low cost and a range of staff benefits including ‘AberSave’ a discount website for Abertay staff. 

We support our staff’s continuous professional and personal development with an active learning and development programme and resources for all staff, including induction, mentoring, regular development reviews, e-learning, both on-line delivery and face to face.

We are committed to academic development and mentoring with research and teaching training and development opportunities provided though our Graduate School and Teaching and Learning Enhancement service. 

Our HR Team

We have a small and friendly professional HR team who can support you with your career journey to Abertay and once you get here.

Led by Eilidh Fraser, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, you can contact the team here:


T: 01382 308961

Living in Dundee

Dundee is Scotland’s 4th largest city with a population of around 148,000. Noted as the UK’s ‘coolest little city’ (GQ magazine 2017) and a designated Unesco City of Design (the only one in the UK), this city has a lot to offer:

  • Dundee is ideally situated in Scotland within 90 minutes by road and rail to other major cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. Under 30 minutes takes you into splendid countryside with hills, glens and nearby beaches
  • Set on a stunning location on the banks of the River Tay, Dundee is the only city in Scotland which faces south and is officially Scotland’s sunniest city
  • With direct flights from Dundee to London Stansted, and the East Coast rail network, you can be in London in a few hours
  • Cost of living in Dundee is extremely competitive. 1 in 5 of the Dundee population are students and the average house price in 2017 is around £148,000. (See for up to date properties for sale). You will be able to find quality housing that is affordable for you and family
  • Dundee is a small, vibrant city on its way to international recognition - it's a UK recognised cluster for digital media, computer games and biotechnology. In 2019, the V&A Museum of Design opens, as part of the £1bn waterfront development, bringing international attention to Dundee