March 2021

Campus Highlights

Abertay ranks best in Europe for videogames education

Abertay has been ranked Europe’s top University for games courses by the Princeton Review.

The “superlative” teaching staff and “state-of-the-art” facilities at Abertay have been hailed by the prestigious Princeton Review, as the University once again ranks number one in Europe for videogames education.

Rob Franek, The Princeton Review's Editor-in-Chief praised Abertay and the other elite international institutions to have made the 2021 rankings, which also saw Abertay rank inside the global top 20 for undergraduate games courses and in the top 10 at postgraduate level.

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Abertay to support 5G innovation hub project

Abertay University will support a new 5G innovation hub to be located in Dundee.

The Scotland 5G Centre has announced the city as the location for its next innovation hub to ensure 5G (fifth generation mobile) technologies help drive growth and increase opportunities for employment and investment in the city and the wider Tay Cities region.

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5G Network

Abertay University named UK Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security

Dundee is poised to become Scotland’s cyber security capital as two major milestones prepare the city for significant growth in the sector.

Abertay University has been named among the first eight UK universities to be awarded Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education recognition by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – part of GCHQ.

The accolade recognises the high quality of Abertay’s teaching, research and outreach work and is linked to the University’s plans for the cyberQuarter - a major project that has attracted £11.7m of UK and Scottish Government funding through the Tay Cities Region Deal, combined with a further £6.5 million investment from Abertay.

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Abertay to lead on low carbon food and drink innovation

Abertay is leading a new £670,000 project as part of a drive to support low carbon innovation and manufacturing capabilities across Scotland.

Transforming Net-Zero will have input from all of Abertay's Academic Schools and aims to provide advice to food and drink SMEs on energy use, water technology and carbon sequestration, while also preparing companies for new net zero market opportunities. 

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Abertay named in top tier of sustainable transport ranking

Abertay has been named in the top tier of UK higher education institutions for commitment to sustainable transportation and electric vehicle infrastructure.

The new EV University League ranks more than 100 universities on a series of measures relating to the promotion of electric vehicles and other green transport options, such as the ratio of bicycle spaces to car parking spaces.

Abertay University is one of only 10 institutions to receive top marks, placing the University in the elite A+ League.

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Lowdown from the Campus 


Unique online lab to investigate Dundee dialect
Psychology lecturer Dr Neil Kirk has launched

Abertay campus recreated in Minecraft
Access the replica which was built by students

Abertay develops Ethical Hacking module for teachers
Training to benefit computing teachers across Scotland

Ultrasound used to improve shelf-life of fresh fruit and vegetables
It's believed to be the first time the process has been used in Scotland

Videogame technology used to enhance cow health at dairy farms
Innovative technology is being used to recognise a cow by the patterns on its skin

Online sports coaching “should continue after pandemic”
Researchers from Abertay and Glasgow Caledonian Universities found that the online setting allowed players to practise in their own time, encouraged them to learn new skills and encouraged greater engagement and interest from family members. 

Positive impact for police officers equipped with mobile devices
The introduction of mobile devices for Police Scotland’s frontline officers has had a huge impact on safety, wellbeing and public confidence, according to a study involving Abertay University. 

Dare Academy returns with £20,000 prize fund
Abertay University's video games design competition will be supported by the InGAME R&D hub in Dundee

Research reveals cybercriminals are leveraging covid announcements
Abertay University research has shown that cyber-criminals used governmental Covid-19 policy announcements to launch new attacks.

Events and Opportunities

The Usual Suspect? The Science Behind High-Quality Suspect Interviews

Thursday 1st April, 6-7pm
Online Event

Forensic expert Professor Ray Bull is to deliver an inaugural lecture as part of the new Michael Lamb Lecture series at Abertay University. 

Join us at this online event where Ray discusses different approaches to suspect interrogation based on recent research from across the globe. 

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Webinar: The State of Play - Keeping Children Safe Online

Abertay launched it's third Cybersecurity Webinar in February as part of CyberScotland Week.

Dr Ian Ferguson, Senior Lecturer of Cybersecurity, hosted the event and was joined by guest speakers Professor Karen Renaud, Senior Lecturer in Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde and John Carr OBE, Internet Safety and Security Consultant. 

It was a fantastic discussion covering areas including politics, human behaviour and the influence of design on child security. The event is now available to watch on demand. 


Cybersecurity Webinar Series

A Factory in Miniature

Launched Friday 6th November
Ongoing Digital Exhibition

Abertay University has teamed up with one of Dundee’s best-loved tourist attractions to launch a fascinating online exhibition exploring the University’s historic connections to the jute industry. 

Developed in conjunction with Verdant Works, Scotland’s jute museum, A Factory in Miniature: Abertay University and Jute Training 1889-1984 launched last month. 

The exhibition has allowed us to explore and bring together objects and documents in ways which we haven’t had the opportunity to do before" - Mel Ruth Oakley, Curator, Verdant Works

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Photographs of Jute Machinery in the Textile Department

Take part in our Memories Preservation Project

Abertay University Archives is making a call for people’s memories of the university and its predecessor institutions as part of its new project “Memories Re-Animated”.

It is collecting memories of the history of the institution through a newly designed portal that will allow members of the public to submit video or audio recordings of their stories about the university, and anything else they might have relating to it such as images of photographs. Their memories will become part of a project to expand historical knowledge about the university through the voices of the people that were part of it, and provide the community that it has served with an opportunity to add to its archive collections.

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Competitions and Funding

Alumni Discount for Postgraduate Study

The Abertay Alumni discount is a 20% discount for all Abertay alumni who are progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate study in September 2021/January 2022 on either a Postgraduate degree by Research or a Postgraduate Taught Degree.

It's for students from all fee categories - Scottish, EU, UK outside of Scotland, and International - who have received an undergraduate degree following a minimum of two years study at Abertay.

Explore our postgraduate programmes and learn more about discount eligibility and the initiative's terms and conditions.


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Converge Challenge

Closing date: 30 March 2021

Deadline alert! #Converge2021 closes next week! If you have a breakthrough business idea and need training, funding and support to make it happen, it's time to get your skates on and apply. Open to university staff, students and recent grads across Scotland.

Alumnus Jamie Bankhead @KonglomerateG created a business. Could you?

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Santander's Digital Reskilling | Iron Hack

Closing date: 25 March 2021 (today)

300 paid places available to students, staff and alumni interested in reskilling/upskilling in programming and web development. The top 50 will be offered a place on Iron Hacks digital bootcamp following the completion of the programme.

As a member of the Santander Universities Network, these scholarships are open to applications from Abertay University students and graduates alongside those of other University partners. Applicants must be aged over 18 and be a national of either the UK, Germany, Poland, Spain or Portugal. 


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Support our current students with AmazonSmile

Our fundraising partnership with AmazonSmile is continuing throughout 2021. We'd really appreciate your involvement in our fundraising initiatives helping to raise money in support of helping Abertay students to reach their full potential.

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