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Deputy Director of Finance

Our core purpose

To transform lives, working locally and globally through the creation, sharing, and application of knowledge.

We are a university that holds social purpose, building on our long-standing values, dear to our hearts. We are not afraid to act purposively to make a real difference in the world.  The primacy of social purpose was intrinsic in our founding principles and has evolved and grown with us as we continue to transform lives, locally and globally, working together as a community to deliver positive change.  We will be “One Dundee”.

Our impact on the world around us is enabled by the intensity of our focus in research, education, and engagement. In the coming decades, this triple intensity will be further enhanced across our university as we ensure that we pursue excellence in all that we do to make a positive difference.  The changes we make will ensure that the legacy we pass on will be strong, vibrant, and relevant to current and future challenges we all will face.

More information on the University’s newly published strategy can be accessed at www.dundee.ac.uk/strategy.


Our vision is to be a University globally renowned for our social purpose, delivered through our intensity and excellence in research, education and engagement. We will be agile and globally connected, focused on what we do best and where we can most effectively transform lives. Our students will be recognised as talented contributors to the work that is urgently needed to address the most pressing problems facing the world.


Building on our history and the world-changing heritage of our city, our mission continues to be to ‘transform lives though the creation, sharing and application of knowledge’.


Our core values were adopted in 2012 after a deep and reflective consultation across our extended community. They describe who we are and how we act. They are:

  • Valuing people
  • Working together
  • Integrity
  • Making a difference
  • Excellence

These values continue to reflect our identity and they inform how we behave, make decisions, communicate and work. We will ensure a culture at our University of empowerment with accountability, and act together as a high performing community. We will work together in the relentless pursuit and delivery of our goals, underpinned by our values.

University of Dundee Strategy 2022-2027