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Living and working in Dundee

Photograph of RRS Discovery and Discovery Point in Dundee
RRS Discovery and Discovery Point in Dundee
Dundee is known by its slogan 'one city, many discoveries'

The James Hutton Institute is situated in the village of Invergowrie on the western outskirts of Dundee. It also has a site a few miles to the north at Balruddery Farm by Fowlis.

Dundee is Scotland’s fourth largest city and has one of the largest life science and research communities outside of Cambridge and Oxford. With two universities, a teaching hospital and the Wellcome Trust Biocentre as well as the James Hutton Institute the city has a strong science base.


Dundee is around one hour’s drive from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen and is on main train routes. The city also has an airport with regular services to London Stansted run by Flybe.

The city is well served with regular bus routes and details can be found on the Dundee Travel Information website.

To help find your way around during the first few weeks, you can find more information on the VisitScotland website.


Photograph of Dundee City Square

Dundee has a vibrant shopping centre with many mainstream high street retailers plus a good selection of independent traders, particularly in the west end and Broughty Ferry. There are two main shopping centres; the Overgate and Wellgate as well as several retail parks.

Social life

There is plenty of choice when it comes to your social life in Dundee with Dundee Contemporary Arts, which has gallery space, a cinema and bar/restaurant, Dundee Rep, regular concerts at the Caird Hall, an ice arena, cinemas and two football clubs; Dundee and Dundee United.

A lively local music scene in pubs and clubs and a wide selection of restaurants of all types ensure there is always something to do.


There are a wide range of attractions in Dundee including Discovery Point, home to Captain Scott’s famous RRS Discovery, Verdant Works, a working museum charting the city’s jute heritage, the Frigate Unicorn, Dundee Science Centre and the University of Dundee Botanic Garden (University of Dundee students get free entry with their matriculation card).

Things to do for free in Dundee

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.