University of the year for student experience.

THE University of Dundee has been named University of the Year for Student Experience by The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.

This title confirms that University of Dundee is one of the best places in the United Kingdom to be a student.

It follows the university being placed fourth in the UK for overall satisfaction in this year’s National Student Survey, while Dundee was also named the Best Place to Live in Scotland by the Sunday Times earlier this year. Furthermore, the university was ranked second in the UK and sixth globally in the most recent International Student Barometer.

Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) president Josh Connor said, “This award won’t be surprising for anyone who studies at the University of Dundee. We are a community, a family, and that is why our student experience is the best in the UK, because we look out for each other.

“I’m proud of the integral role that DUSA plays in enhancing the student experience. We are in constant communication with the university about what is going well for students, but also what isn’t going well. This partnership of collaboration helps us to achieve the best possible student experience.”

Students said the quality of teaching, strong student representation, the friendly nature of a campus set in the heart of the city, the variety of life offered both on campus and off, and even the weather all contributed to Dundee being a great place to study.

Pursue your studies at University of Dundee in the UK for the best student experience.Pursue your studies at University of Dundee in the UK for the best student experience.

The university’s Malaysian Society president Kexin See agreed with that assessment, saying, “I love the fact that the University of Dundee is located near the city centre and everything is within walking distance. The teaching staff are friendly and they are happy to help whenever you need it. In lecture and workshops, they are engaging and always interact with students.

“Dundee is a small city with a very student-friendly environment. During the weekend, I will go to places in Dundee where I can relax and enjoy a picturesque view. The hills, parks and beaches are the perfect places to spend my free time to have a picnic or just to have a sunrise or sunset walk.”

Federica Chiti, a 20-year-old third-year Physics with Astrophysics student, from Italy, said, “What I love about Dundee is that you are not a number, you are a name. The staff are so friendly and they go above and beyond in helping you with your studies.

“When I first came here, I was afraid of the accent but actually I had nothing to fear, everyone is so friendly and when you study here you meet new friends from all over the globe which is amazing because you get to share your culture and passions. Having students from all these different corners of the planet is just amazing, Dundee is like my staircase to the universe.”

Student representation in university matters is very strong at Dundee, through a partnership agreement renewed every year between the university and DUSA. This ensures students are represented at every level of the university’s decision-making structure and are full members of panels for all senior management appointments.

Professor Blair Grubb, Education vice-principal added that, “This award shows that Dundee is one of the best places in the UK to be a student. This is something our students have consistently said in the major surveys of universities, where we are ranked highly in comparison to other universities in the UK and internationally.

“Our priority is to offer our students the best experience we can, to make them feel welcome, safe and enabled to realise their potential. We do that by working very closely with the Students’ Association and with the support of great staff across the university.”

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