Deputy First Minister Applauds Dundee Science Centre’s Contribution to Science Education
Published on 31 August 2018
John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills applauded Dundee Science Centre for its contribution towards the Scottish education system when he spoke at the celebratory launch of the new Science Learning Suite last night (Thursday 30 August 2018).
In front of around 150 invited guests, Mr Swinney spoke at the official celebration of the new facilities which, alongside the ‘Medical Marvels’ exhibition, follow a successful £2M fundraising campaign coinciding with the centre’s 18th birthday. After several months of construction and fit-out, the redevelopment doubles the upper floor space through a mezzanine extension.
As well as the exhibition, which recogises the past, present and future of medical science, the redevelopment also provides a much improved ‘home’ for the Science Learning Institute, housing ‘Inspire’, an adaptable 80-seat space for seminars and exciting live science shows, alongside the ‘Innovate’ classroom which can accommodate an entire class of around 30 school pupils for teacher / scientist collaborative working. The development has also included the creation of new meeting facilities and offices, to enable Dundee Science Centre’s team to work with partner organisations across the city to continue to create new learning programmes for its diverse range of visitors.
Earlier this month, Dundee Science Centre also announced further plans to transform the visitor attraction into an even more accessible community hub with a £1.45M grant from the Inspiring Science Fund. Co-funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Wellcome, the scheme supports science centres to re-think what they do, and what they offer to the public. Dundee Science Centre is currently fundraising for an additional £340K to reach its ambitious targets.
During his tour of the new facilities, Mr Swinney said, “Dundee has a rich history of scientific innovation and the new facilities and exhibition launched today with support from the Scottish Government build on that legacy by highlighting the life sciences and medical expertise in the city today. Dundee Science Centre is a fantastic resource for the whole community and I’m pleased that it will now be able to make an even greater contribution to science education and engagement.”
Mr Swinney was joined at the event by fellow speakers John Alexander, Leader of Dundee City Council; Rodney Mountain, NHS Tayside ENT Surgeon and lead for Healthcare “Design and Innovation”; Matthew Jarron, Curator of Museum Services at University of Dundee; and Linda Leuchars, CEO of Dundee Science Centre.
Linda Leuchars said, “We are absolutely delighted to be celebrating the opening of our fantastic new facilities and once again would like to thank all of our funders and diverse range of partners. As well as the brilliant new exhibition, which has been incredibly well received since it opened to the public at the start of July, our new science learning suite significantly increases our capacity and ability to expand our learning activities for our diverse audiences – including public visitors, members, teachers, scientists and community educators. Dundee Science Centre is here to bring people together to enjoy science and we look forward to working together with our community and partners to continue to develop our innovative, tailored provision for the 85,000+ visitors that we engage in-centre and on outreach each year.”
For more information, telephone (01382) 228800 or visit www.dundeesciencecentre.org.uk.
The development has been designed by Aim Design, Dundee and, following a rigorous tendering process, Dundee Science Centre appointed Elmwood Projects as Main Works Contractor and Huettinger as Exhibitions Contractor. Ryden is carrying out the role of project management for the works.
In addition to the Wellcome Trust, the project has received financial support from A Sinclair Henderson Trust, Al-Maktoum College, Alexander Moncur Trust, DSC Endowment Trust, Dundee City Council, Foyle Foundation, Leach Family Charitable Trust, Leng Charitable Trust, Martin Connell Charitable Trust, Mathew Trust, Northwood Trust, Robertson Trust, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Government, Sonopill, Thriplow Charitable Trust, Walter Craig Charitable Trust, William S Philips Fund and Scotty and Mary Ballantyne.