Scottish university gets tops marks as place to work


By Christine Lavelle

THE UNIVERSITY of Dundee has topped the chart as the Europe’s ‘Best Place to Work in Academia’ – and took third place worldwide.

The eighth annual survey was compiled by The Scientist magazine, and voted for by readers.

Dundee was voted third internationally in a previous poll this year by the same magazine, based on the best places to work for post-doctoral researchers.

Professor Pete Downes, principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Dundee said: “It is extremely satisfying to once again see our international reputation reflected in this poll, which gathers the views of researchers working in major institutions all around the world.

“Dundee has performed consistently well in this poll over several years and it is a reflection of one of our great strengths, as an international centre of excellence in life sciences and medical research.

“We continue to attract people from all over the world to come and work in Dundee, where they can join an extremely strong research base at the university.”

The Scottish university came in just behind winner the University of Queensland, based in Brisbane, Australia, and second place runner-up the Weizmann Institute of Science, in Israel.

A spokesperson from The Scientist said readers take into account the opportunities available for advancement and research resources as major strengths when considering their vote.

Edyta Zielinska, associate editor of The Scientist, said: “We are pleased to give our readers the opportunity to report what they love and hate about their institutions through the academia survey.”

In the poll, readers ranked Princeton University the highest in the US.