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Top lady golfer and Dundee city archivist to receive honorary degrees

One of Scotland’s leading international golfers and the City of Dundee’s keeper of records will be recognised by the University of Abertay Dundee with the award of honorary degrees later this week.
 
An Honorary Doctorate of Arts will be awarded to top lady golfer Catriona Matthew. The same event will see Iain Flett, Dundee City’s chief archivist, receive an Honorary Doctorate of Letters.
 
The awards will be conferred during Abertay University’s Winter Graduation Ceremony in Dundee’s Caird Hall on 23 November 2012. The honorary graduands will join almost 250 students scheduled to graduate on that day, in front of hundreds more friends and family members.

Catriona Matthew - web
 
Catriona Matthew has been one of the leading golfers on the world stage for over a decade, since winning the 1993 British Amateur title. She has won eight victories on the USLPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour (LET), and last year qualified for her sixth European Solheim Cup Team, having famously sunk the winning putt that clinched the Cup for the European Team in 2003.

Catriona’s biggest win of all came at the 2009 Ricoh Women’s British Open, one of the world’s four Majors – a title all the more remarkable for the fact that it was won just 11 weeks after giving birth to her second daughter, Sophie. She is currently 15th on the Rolex World Rankings.

Iain Flett - web
 
Iain Flett has worked in local government in Dundee for more than 35 years, looking after a priceless archive of historical documents and records not only of Dundee but also of the former Tayside Regional Council and also many ancient county records.

He was one of the first secretaries of the Scottish Oral History Group, and also chair of the Dundee Oral History Project, a visionary programme that recruited long-term unemployed people to systematically record Dundonians’ memories. Iain has also been very active in voluntary community history initiatives in Dundee.
 
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NOTE TO EDITORS
Photographs of the honorary graduands and further information are available from Kevin Coe – 01382 308452, mobile 07850 904110 or email k.coe@abertay.ac.uk
 
ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Catriona Matthew

Catriona has been one of the leading golfers on the world stage for over a decade. Her sterling amateur record, including the 1993 British Amateur title, laid the foundations for a successful career, competing at the highest level all around the globe. She has picked up eight victories along the way, on the USLPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour (LET), and last year qualified for her sixth European Solheim Cup Team, having famously sunk the winning putt that clinched the Cup for the European Team in 2003.

Catriona’s biggest win of all came at the 2009 Ricoh Women’s British Open, one of the world’s four Majors – a title all the more remarkable for the fact that it was won just 11 weeks after giving birth to her second daughter, Sophie.

Catriona was chosen by her fellow LPGA players to receive the 2009 Heather Farr Player Award, which honours an LPGA player who has demonstrated determination, perseverance, and spirit in fulfilling her goals as a player. She was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List and was also named 2009 LET Player of the Year. In February 2010 Catriona also became the first Freewoman of East Lothian at a ceremony in her hometown.

Catriona continues to consistently deliver at the very highest level and 2011 was no exception. She won on the LET at the Aberdeen Ladies Scottish Open, had seven top 10 finishes on the LPGA and finished her year with a victory at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Her form has continued into 2012 with six top-10 results on the LPGA and victory at the Ladies Irish Open resulting in her current ranking of 15 on the Rolex World Rankings.
 
Iain Flett

Born within the old dockyard in Dover, Iain Flett comes from a naval family and spent his early childhood in Malta playing among the towering bastions of Valletta Harbour. When the family returned to Scotland he attended Buckie High School in Banffshire and then read history at Aberdeen University. After a period of working in the then India Office Library in Foreign Office, cataloguing 18th correspondence from Sri Lanka, he went to University College Wales Aberystwyth in 1972 to study palaeography (old handwriting) and archive administration.

On graduation from Aberystwyth he worked on the dismantling of the huge Welsh county of Glamorgan. Iain remembers crawling about a wide range of attics and basements everywhere from Swansea to Cardiff, saving a fascinating range of plans, drawings and records from the many boroughs.
 
He came to Dundee in 1976 in the aftermath of Scottish local reorganisation, when Dundee City Archives had taken over the historical records of the former Tayside Regional Council. As the archive included many historical county records, Iain remembers crawling about another wide range of attics and basements saving more fascinating records.

Iain has always been interested in oral history and community history. He was one of the first secretaries of the Scottish Oral History Group, and also chair of the Dundee Oral History Project, a visionary programme that recruited long-term unemployed people to systematically record Dundonians’ memories.
 
Iain has also been very active in voluntary community history initiatives in Dundee, such as the huge volume of micro-indexed of records of burial, baptism, valuation etc that has been processed by volunteer members of the public from The Friends of Dundee City Archives.

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