Dundee’s global rep­u­ta­tion goes be­yond the three Js...

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS - Lord Dun­can, UK Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter for Scot­land

Dundee is un­der­go­ing a re­nais­sance; a new cityscape, a re­gen­er­ated wa­ter­front, and the V&A.

How­ever, ask peo­ple what Dundee is fa­mous for, and chances are you will still get the three Js – Jute, Jam and Jour­nal­ism.

Chances are that no­body an­swer­ing the ques­tion will say ‘science’. And that is a shame, be­cause Dundee’s rep­u­ta­tion in sci­ences is global – world beat­ing, in fact.

It’s 20 years since I last worked in a lab­o­ra­tory and things have come a long way since then.

So it has been a plea­sure to spend the last few days in the univer­si­ties of Dundee, learn­ing more about life sci­ences in the city. It is heart­en­ing to hear of the ground­break­ing re­search, in­no­va­tion and ven­tures all of which have their ge­n­e­sis in Dundee. UK life sci­ences gen­er­ate £4.2 bil­lion in turnover, about £2bn gross value added to the Scot­tish econ­omy every year.

For the UK Gov­ern­ment, life sci­ences are in­te­gral to our in­dus­trial strat­egy. We asked Sir John Bell, pro­fes­sor at Ox­ford Univer­sity, to de­velop a strat­egy to ex­am­ine the chal­lenges fac­ing the sec­tor, and set out a path­way for growth. The am­bi­tion is for the UK to be­come a global hub of clin­i­cal re­search and med­i­cal in­no­va­tion. That’s also why I am in the city, to hear from sci­en­tists like Pro­fes­sor Sue Black of Dundee Univer­sity’s Lev­er­hulme Re­search Cen­tre for Foren­sic Science, on the is­sues fac­ing the sec­tor.

There are also op­por­tu­ni­ties ahead for the City. The UK Gov­ern­ment has just signed a UK City Deal for Ed­in­burgh, bring­ing £300m of new money to the city, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on the univer­sity sec­tor. It fol­lows a half a bil­lion fund­ing pack­age for Glas­gow, £125m for Aberdeen and more than £50m for In­ver­ness. Dundee and the Tay Val­ley is next.

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