Abertay is turning 25!
To celebrate 25 years since we were awarded university status, Abertay is organising a special series of public talks.
The ‘Changing Times’ talks series will see more than a dozen events rolled out across 2019. The talks will range from presentations from internationally-acclaimed digital artists to debate panels on some of society’s most pressing issues.
Since beginning life as Dundee Technical Institute in 1888, Abertay has always provided first-class education with a particular focus on preparing students for the world of work.
Since achieving University status in 1994, we’ve continued to evolve and grow with the needs of modern industry, launching the world’s first videogames degree and playing a key role in establishing Dundee as an international hub for videogames development.
Part of the Changing Times line-up will be ‘Sport Cares – a panel discussion on the past, present and future of welfare in sport’. The panel will include Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, former Scotland rugby international John Beattie, CEO of Switch the Play Leon Lloyd, former CEO of the British Athletes Commission Iain Braid, and Dr Rhiannon Lord of Abertay’s Division of Sport and Exercise Sciences.
The free event will take place on Thursday 7 February and be chaired by Abertay’s Prof David Lavallee – the world’s first Professor of Duty of Care in Sport – and will delve into issues surrounding sport, such as mental health, diversity and injury prevention.
Also on the bill will be a unique Pecha Kucha talk in association with Creative Dundee, which will see former students return to Abertay to pass on their collective wisdom through the fun and frantic quick-fire format.
Scheduled for September, the Pecha Kucha evening will showcase a diverse range of alumni, reflecting on their Abertay experiences, careers and thoughts for the future, and will launch alongside a Curate the Campus exhibition where artwork from students, staff and alumni will be showcased around the University and remain on public display.
A number of professorial lectures will also run over the course of the year, drawing on the expertise and insight of some of Abertay’s newest professors.
The University’s cultural outreach team, Weave by Abertay, will be feeding into the celebrations through their Platform talks, with a diverse range of speakers planned. On the 24 January, Florent Maurin, a critically-acclaimed games designer and visual artist from Paris, will kick off the talks.
His reality-inspired game Bury Me, My Love is a mobile interactive fiction, telling the story of a Syrian woman trying to reach Europe and the poignant messages of support sent by her husband.
On 21 February, the Weave team will also host artist, activist, organiser, teacher, and Iraq War veteran Aaron Hughes, a multimedia creative who works to construct narratives and meaning out of personal and collective traumas.
Speaking about the anniversary, Abertay University Principal Nigel Seaton said, ‘Over the past 25 years Abertay has developed and grown in tandem with the needs and outlook of the modern, digital world, as well as the city of Dundee itself.
‘Our commitment to supporting young people into work is at the very heart of what we do and will continue to be our key focus for many years to come.’