University of Dundee

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The University of Dundee has its roots in the earlier University college based in Dundee and the University of St Andrews. During the 19th century, the growing population of Dundee significantly increased demand for the establishment of an institution of higher education in the city and several organisations were established to promote this end, including a University Club in the city. There was a significant movement with the intention of moving the entire university to Dundee (which the Royal Commission observed was now a “large and increasing town”) or the establishment of a college along very similar lines to the present United College. Finally, agreement was reached that what was needed was expansion of the sciences and professions, rather than the arts at St Andrews.
A donation of £120,000 for the creation of an institution of higher education in Dundee was made by Miss Mary Ann Baxter of Balgavies, a notable lady of the city and heir to the fortune of William Baxter of Balgavies. In this endeavour, she was assisted by her relative, John Boyd Baxter, an alumnus of St Andrews and Procurator Fiscal of Forfarshire who also contributed nearly £20,000. In order to craft the institution and its principles, it was to be established first as an independent university college, with a view from its very inception towards incorporation into the University of St Andrews.
In 1881, the ideals of the proposed new college were laid down, suggesting the establishment of an institute for “promoting the education of persons of both sexes and the study of Science, Literature and the Fine Arts”. The University currently identifies 1881 as the year of its foundation, as University College’s endowment was dated 31 December 1881, but the year 1880, when the announcement of Mary Ann Baxter’s funding was made, as well as the years 1882 and 1883 have also been cited as their foundation year by the institution in the past.


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March 19, 2022