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23 September 2008

Naming ceremony for Dalhousie Building

Photo opportunity: 11.45 am, Wednesday September 24th
Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill
Sir Alan Langlands and Earl of Dalhousie unveil plaque

The University of Dundee's landmark new teaching building is to be formally named the Dalhousie Building in honour of the University's second Chancellor, the 16th Earl of Dalhousie.

James Hubert Ramsay, the current and 17th Earl of Dalhousie will attend a naming ceremony at the building on Wednesday September 24th.

Simon Ramsay, the 16th Earl of Dalhousie, was Chancellor of the University from 1977 to 1992.

'It is entirely fitting that this innovative and landmark building should be named after the University's second Chancellor, Lord Dalhousie who served from 1977 to 1992,' said Sir Alan Langlands, Principal of the University.

'During his tenure he demonstrated enormous loyalty to the University and particularly took a keen interest in our students. The Dalhousie Building will be used primarily for teaching and it is therefore entirely fitting that it should be named after a Chancellor who did so much to enhance the student experience.'

The Dalhousie Building forms a gateway to the University campus off Hawkhill. It was opened in July 2007 by Her Majesty The Queen as part of the celebrations to mark the University's 40th anniversary.

The building offers one of the most advanced teaching facilities in the country and is mainly occupied by the School of Education, Social Work & Community Education, and the School of Nursing & Midwifery.

The building houses 40 teaching rooms of various sizes all equipped with the most advanced audio visual teaching aids, and four lecture theatres are provided, including a major 350-seat theatre.

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