06 June - 07 June 2024

2024 Medical Schools Secretaries National Conference

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Various locations, Dundee

2024 Medical Schools Secretaries National Conference

Welcome to the information page for the 2024 National Conference for Medical School Secretaries. 
We are pleased to invite you to this annual event tailored for professionals in the field of medical education.  As dedicated professionals navigating the dynamic realm of medical education, we recognise the pivotal role each of us plays in ensuring the seamless operation of our institutions. 

We very much look forward to welcoming you to this year’s conference which is an opportunity for us to get together, collaborate, innovate, and advance in our respective and collective professional journeys.  
This page is your go-to resource for all conference-related information and updates, including essential forms – don't forget to bookmark this website and check in regularly. 
Based on feedback from last year’s conference and also taking recent developments in the Medical School sector into account, we have carefully designed this program to provide you with a platform for sharing valuable insights, learning best practices, and fostering connections with colleagues across the country. 
Join us in June for an enriching and informative experience as we collectively navigate the evolving landscape of medical school administration. 
Should you need to get in touch, simply contact us
Warm regards, and we look forward to an inspiring and fruitful conference experience! 

2023 Conference at Newcastle University

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More speakers to be announced

Rory McCrimmon

Professor Rory McCrimmon, Dean of Medicine, University of Dundee

Martin Hart, Assistant Director, Education and Standards, GMC

Martin Hart, Assistant Director, Education at the General Medical Council

Katie Petty-Saphon

Katie Petty-Saphon, Chief Executive, Medical Schools Council

Shane O'Neill

Shane O'Neill, Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Provost, University of Dundee

Ellie Hothersall

Dr Ellie Hothersall, Head of Undergraduate Medicine, University of Dundee 

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Conference Venues

Thursday 6 June 2024 - Dalhousie Building, City Campus

On Thursday, the conference is being held at the award winning Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee.

Named after the Earl of Dalhousie, second Chancellor of the University, this was designed by Campbell & Arnott and opened by the Queen in 2007.

View Dalhousie Building's Accessibility Guide (external link)

Friday 7 June 2024 - Medical School, Ninewells Hospital

On Friday the conference is being held within Ninewells Hospital which is situated on the western outskirts of Dundee.  The main gate is on Ninewells Avenue which runs between Perth Road and Glamis Road and is home to our School of Medicine.  Further details on room location to follow and will be noted in the programme.

Accessibility: The main entrance has automatic doors.  There are lifts for public use.  There are accessible toilets throughout the building.  View accessibility information for the School of Medicine (Ninewells Campus) on AccessAble

A complimentary coach will depart from Central Dundee taking delegates to Ninewells Hospital further details to follow.

Social Venue - Drink Reception and Dinner

Thursday 6 June 2024

V&A Dundee was designed as a living room for the city – and an exceptional location for unique and engaging events with interchangeable spaces around the current museum exhibitions. Scotland is known for its hospitality and Heritage Portfolio couldn’t be more proud to be V&A Dundee’s chosen catering partner. As passionate foodies and event designers, they relish the challenge of bringing together the history and culture of the country with the stature of V&A Dundee while enhancing it with their creativity and innovation in menu and theme design.

Accessibility: The V&A Dundee has been designed to be inclusive and accessible, where everyone feels welcome. For further information on things to make your visit as enjoyable as possible, please visit the following websites: V&A Dundee and Euan's Guide

Location: 1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee DD1 4EZ Directions courtesy of GoogleMaps

Official Conference Accommodation Portal

We are working with Dundee City Region Convention Bureau and DACBRes to manage accommodation for our conference providing a variety of accommodation in the city centre.

Guaranteed Rates & Availability - Rates are fixed & subject to availability & individual hotel terms and conditions – True room availability – only rooms available to book are displayed.

Breakfast & VAT Included - No hidden extras – the price you see is the price you pay. Changes up to 24 hours before your arrival (subject to individual hotel Terms & Conditions).

Nothing To Pay Upfront - Details of your valid credit card are only used to guarantee your reservation. Pay on check in (subject to individual hotel Terms & Conditions).

Visit official accommodation portal and book your accommodation

Discounted flights to/from Dundee with Loganair

Loganair is offering up to 30% off flights to delegates travelling to/from Dundee from London Heathrow (LHR), Sumburgh (LSI) and Kirkwall (KOI) Airports for this conference. 

Please book at Loganair.co.uk before 10 June 2024, quoting promotional code MSSNC24 at the time of booking, for travel between 4 June - 10 June 2024.

Visit Loganair to book

Launched in 2021, GreenSkies is Loganair’s sustainability initiative, which sets out how the company will achieve its ambitious target of becoming net zero by 2040. One part of the initiative is a small mandatory charge as part of every fare; with funds then invested in internationally accredited carbon offset schemes to take the same amount of carbon out of the atmosphere that each flight produces. While the carbon offsetting programme is the first step, Loganair have also been engaging with leading aerospace and technology companies to ensure we can have the systems we need to achieve our carbon-neutral goal.

Guidance on Travelling Safely and your Travel Made Easy Guide

Follow government guidance on travelling safely in the UK and Scotland.

Read our Travel Made Easy Guide (link opens in new window) on how to get to Dundee from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Glasgow Airport, including coach travel to Dundee.

Organising Committee

Organised by colleagues of School of Medicine, University of Dundee with support from Dundee City Region Convention Bureau.

Fiona Brown, School Manager Fiona Brown, School Manager, University of Dundee
Kara Knight, Head of Learning and Teaching Support Kara Knight, Head of Learning and Teaching Support, University of Dundee
Mary Burke Mary Burke, Academic Support and Project Administrator, University of Dundee

with support from Karen Tocher and Debbie Ree, Dundee City Region Convention Bureau

Our Partners

We are extremely grateful for the generous support and help we receive from our partners.  Thanks to all involved in bringing us together for the 2024 Medical Schools Secretaries National Conference.

Our Partners:

University of Dundee logo Dundee City Region Convention Bureau logo

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Conference Sustainability Aims and Health & Wellbeing Guide

Dundee is famous for Jute, Jam, Journalism and so much more

Jute: Dundee, employing more than half the population in the mills, earned the nickname 'Juteopolis'. Visit Verdant Works a world class visitor attraction (external link).

Jam:  In 1938, the Mackays brothers converted the Mackay factory (originally a carrot processing facility) in Carnoustie, Angus into a jam-making facility sourcing berries locally.  Dundee Marmalade, the original marmalade, was created in Dundee in 1797.  Read more and details to visit Mackays factory shop.

Journalism: DC Thomson is a family business that was established in Dundee by publisher D.C.Thomson in the early 20th century.  Home to the world's oldest magazine, The Scot Magazine.  The Beano (launched in 1938) is the world's longest running weekly comic. Read about DC Thomson and their history (external link).

Our heritage and the people who shaped it form the basis of our city's culture and the stories we pass on to future generations.  Dundee and the surrounding region are home to numerous remarkable individuals who have made groundbreaking contributions to our community and the world at large.

The following are just a few of the stories:

Royal Research Ship Discovery | Dundee Shipbuilders 1901
The Royal Research Ship Discovery was built in the city of Dundee by skilled craftsmen and shipbuilders, awarded the contract due to their internationally renowned skills in constructing wooden ships for the city’s whaling industry.  This ship was used by Captain Robert Falcon Scott when he sailed on his first voyage to Antarctica in 1901.  One of the inspirations for the voyage was the pioneering Dundee Whalers’ Antarctic expedition of 1892.  Scott’s expedition can be seen aboard the RRS Discovery berthed in Dundee, at Discovery Point.  Visit Discovery Point award-winning visitor attraction (external link)

Pioneered the use of X-rays in Dundee  |  Dr George Alexander Pirie 1863 – 1929  
George Alexander Pirie was an early pioneer in the use of X-rays in clinical medicine between 1896 and 1925 at the Dundee Royal Infirmary.  He paid a high price for his research, which ultimately led to the amputation of both hands due to his exposure to radiation.  In 1926, Dr Pirie was awarded a Carnegie Trust medal and pension, and the citizens of Dundee presented him with a sum of money raised by them in recognition of his achievements.

Discovered the basis for aspirin  |  Dr Thomas J Maclagan 1838 – 1903  
Dr Thomas J Maclagan was a doctor and pharmacologist based at Dundee’s Royal Infirmary from 1864 to 1866.  During this time, he carried out research into the effect of Salicin, an extract from willow bark, and a known anti-rheumatic treatment.  This work was then taken up by German researchers who used salicin to develop acetyl-salicylic acid – more commonly known today as aspirin.

Missionary  |  Mary Slessor 1848 – 1915  
Mary Slessor, a skilled jute worker, became a missionary for the church in Calabar, West Africa at the age of 28.  She was unique due to her desire to live as they lived, which gained her the respect of many local people.  Superstition was prevalent within local tribes, and it was common for twins to be killed when born.  This led to Mary saving many children and raising them herself. 
Mary Slessor became the first woman to be depicted on a Scottish banknote. 
Pioneer of Electricity  |  James Bowman Lindsay 1799 – 1862  
James Bowman Lindsay, born near Arbroath, is known as a visionary and pioneer of electricity.  In 1854, Lindsay patented his system of wireless telegraphy through water.  He perfected the world’s first constant electric light, although Edison was credited for the invention of the electric lightbulb 40 years later.  Lindsay predicted that cities would be lit by electricity; however, his main objective was to produce a safe method for the jute mills of Dundee to be illuminated. 
Inventor of the adhesive postage stamp  |  James Chalmers 1782 – 1853  
James Chalmers was eventually recognised much later for developing an adhesive penny postage stamp in 1834.  He was born in Arbroath in 1782 and became a weaver, moving to Dundee in 1809.  Chalmers served as Town Councillor, promoting burgh reform on taxes and excise duty, and it was through his printing and publishing experience, he developed an adhesive postage stamp.  His fifth son, Patrick, fought for twelve years to have him recognised as the inventor, and his gravestone now bears this acknowledgement. 
Pioneering scientist who applied mathematics and physics to nature  |  Sir D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson 1860 – 1948  
D’Arcy Thompson became the first Professor of Biology at University College Dundee in 1885, a post he held for 32 years.  During this time, he collected zoological specimens from around the world and used them in researching his ground-breaking book ‘On Growth and Form’.  It proposed that the natural world was ruled by the laws of mathematics and was seen by many as an alternative to Darwinian evolution.  Thompson’s work is central to current research into biomathematics and developmental biology, and has also influenced the worlds of art and architecture.  Much of his collection can still be seen today in the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum (external link) at the University of Dundee. 

Getting around Dundee

Get active out and about in Dundee city.  A compact city bursting with places of interest, history, and things to see, it is so easy to get around.

Dundee’s active travel routes in and around the city have been developed over the last few years with a key objective to encourage active travel through walking, cycling and public transport, and deploy sustainable alternatives to decarbonise transport.  Read more on Dundee.com Active Travel website.

MixMap is a friendly, easy to use, locally produced Dundee map for tourists showcasing the colourful range of independent businesses, attractions and places of interest in Dundee and Broughty Ferry.

We want to help you make the most of your time in our city. Discover great little shops, welcoming restaurants, immersive attractions with MixMap The Dundee Tourist Map (opens a pdf document).

Contact Us

For conference enquiries email: 2024SMEDCONFERENCE@dundee.ac.uk