The campus itself is an eclectic mixture of everything from 16th-century castles to our outstanding award-winning library. The heart of the University lies in Bell Street, with most teaching departments, offices, research centres and the library all within just a few yards of each other. Best of all, our brand new Student Centre is also here, and whether you’re going to lectures, meeting with staff, studying in the library, or attending tutorials and seminars, you’ll always feel like a part of our bustling community.
Abertay isn’t just a great place to be a student – the University is also home to world-leading research teams, whose discoveries are hailed internationally. We are the top-rated 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. Abertay researchers are also studying issues as varied as the Scottish economy, advanced pain management, food and nutrition science, psychology, computer arts and digital media, and many other topics.
All of our researchers are involved in teaching and developing courses – giving our students the chance to learn from world leaders every day.
Apart from getting on with the business of teaching, many of the staff are either actively involved in research or work with schools and employers as a collaborative process.
The School of Social and Health Sciences has a number of strong links with local secondary schools with regard to the Performance Laboratory and its facilities, providing pupils with additional support for their PE studies.
The Tayside Institute for Health Studies is committed to promoting interdisciplinary and inter-professional ways of working, and to the development of pathways for facilitating lifelong learning in healthcare practitioners. The core staff of the institute represent a range of health professions: nursing, mental health, psychology and counselling.
In 2006 the Psychology subject area and programmes were reviewed. The panel identified the establishment and development of the physical space associated with the Psychology provision and the use of that space for both teaching and research as exemplary.
The friendly and welcoming environment at Abertay is created by our students, who represent a great diversity of backgrounds and cultures. Over 60 nationalities are represented on campus, and our courses attract everyone from local school leavers to overseas research students. Abertay also attracts a very high proportion of mature students.
There are endless opportunities for students and staff to socialise together, helping to develop excellent staff/student working relationships, and contributes to the feeling of community which characterises Abertay.