Search to find students who became key figures in Abertay University’s history


4th December 2020

A search has been launched to track down students who answered the call to arms and became key figures in the creation of Abertay University.

They participated in a “quite radical” advertising campaign which is widely considered crucial in getting the student roll up to the 4,000 required to gain university status in 1994.

Abertay began life as Dundee Technical Institute in 1888 and specialised in arts, science and textiles training.

Over the years it adapted its courses for the times and became more international in its outlook, but retained a focus on preparing students for the world of work.

UK Government
The push for university status began in 1991, when UK Government policy to increase the number of students in higher education created opportunities for tertiary education institutions to become universities.

However, an initial attempt to become a university in 1992 failed on the grounds that the college – which was by that time called Dundee Institute of Technology (DIT) – was too small.

DIT was told it would have to increase its enrolment dramatically from its roll of around 2,500 if it were ever to become a university.

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