Investment decisions

Working alongside Dundee College are the other key players in regional development in the energy sector: Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Government's economic development agency; Dundee City Council; University of Dundee, University of Abertay Dundee and IRRI. Together these organisations form "Sustainable Dundee" whose role is to shape the sustainability agenda for the business community and the citizens of Dundee through influencing national and international investment decisions to be made within the city.

The collective objectives of our industry partners are as follows:

  • To develop an international reputation in energy and environmental research, training and consultancy
  • To respond to the need for environmental sustainability in their products and develop micro-renewable energy systems
  • To raise awareness of these products among plumbers, service and heating engineers
  • To ensure there are sufficient numbers of skilled and certified installers of micro-renewable heating systems.


Dundee College

Kingsway Campus
Old Glamis Road

Chris Ashe
+44 (0) 1382 834891

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Dundee College

One of Scotland's leading colleges, Dundee College offers a wide range of learning provision and training opportunities.

Dundee College has been particularly successful in working with external partners over many years. As a result of the profile and priority of the sustainable development agenda for our external partners and corporate customers, the college made a strategic decision to re-design its curriculum in June 2007. The Centre for Construction & Built Environment is key to addressing the sustainability agenda by implementing a range of micro-renewable technologies within the centre to ensure our customers were trained in these technologies, as well as working hard to influence the agenda of our external partners by building links internationally.

Activities in the energy sector

The College Environmental Strategy overall aim is to "Embed sustainable ethos and practices across the College by having an environmental strand to all areas of College activity."

The College approach to Sustainable Development Education involves the following:

  • Curriculum design and delivery
  • Employer Engagement and Knowledge Exchange
  • Student co-curricular activities
  • College operations.

In addition to this the College is represented on the Board of Management of Solar Cities Scotland and Dundee Science Centre. It is a founder member of Scotland's Colleges Science Group and has numerous partnerships and working arrangements with other organisations locally, nationally and internationally within the Science and Technology sector.

Dundee College recognised that investment in state of the art teaching and learning facilities was crucial to ensure that industry demands were met.

The college's investment in equipment and facilities has resulted in innovative collaborative projects with leading European manufacturers in the field of micro-renewable technologies, namely Dimplex and Worcester Bosch.  In partnership with the College, the companies developed purpose built training facilities, to provide training in the installation of Worcester solar panels and Dimplex air and ground source heat pumps, designed to complement existing training provision.

Alongside this, the college was successful in the award of a knowledge transfer partnership (KTP) project, the 1st awarded outside of the HE sector in Scotland.  The KTP objective is to enable McGill Electrical to become a leader in the design, supply, installation and maintenance of micro-renewable energy and low carbon energy efficient products.

Local North Sea SEP projects

In June 2008, Dundee College became a major partner in a North Sea Region (NSR) Interreg funded transnational project to change the way we plan, design and build in Northern Europe. Our involvement is to provide education and training, designed to ensure that craftsmen, technicians, builders, system designers, architects and developers have the knowledge and skills training to produce energy efficient buildings.

In June 2009, the College was successful in an application for ESF funding to create a national certificate in micro-generation. Dundee College is working in partnership with SQA and the Sector Skills Council (SSC) Summitskills, to develop 12 new NQ units based on the new occupational standards for the installation and maintenance of micro-renewables, and build capacity to deliver these through creating online materials and tutor training. Our aim is to widen participation in lifelong learning by creating new opportunities for SME and new entrant learners to gain skills which will directly impact to open up employment opportunities.

In November 2009, Dundee College became work package leaders in the prestigious North Sea SEP (Sustainable Energy Planning) NSR Interreg project. This project creates the opportunity to develop comprehensive regional energy strategies in a transnational surrounding.

Characteristics from the energy perspective

Over the last few years the costs for fossil energy resources have been increasing. Rising energy costs are contributing to a steadily increasing financial pressure for public utilities. In addition, cities and small towns, often situated in rural areas, have to face a decreasing number of inhabitants. This leads to a negative cycle - the public bodies have a lower budget available whilst at the same time costs are rising. Where the supply of electricity and heat is a service of public interest and thus a task of the public bodies, the rising costs have to be passed on to the inhabitants as consumers. Existing energy production plants based on fossil resources, often just recently built with the help of private investments and public funding, are another barrier for introducing alternative energy production from renewable sources in many regions.

Sub Partners

  • Dimplex
  • Worcester Bosch
  • McGill Electrical

Other important issues

Dundee College is working hard to ensure that we continue to meet industry skill requirements. The next phase in our provision is to address the macro renewable market. The current and future investment by the Scottish government in wind, wave, tidal and biomass sources of energy will require a significant number of skilled staff to repair the equipment. Dundee College is working in partnership with a range of organisations to further develop our existing engineering provision to meet the needs of those industries.