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Simon Patterson - BSc Forensic Science, 2012
What does your current job involve?

I'm now a sports reporter for the world's largest motorcycling magazine. I travel non-stop - the USA, Japan, Spain, Italy, China, Netherlands so far - reporting on motorbike racing like MotoGP and the Isle of Man TT.

What are your lasting impressions of Abertay and Dundee?

It has been four years now since I left Dundee, but heading across the Tay Bridge on the train still feels like going home. I made my best friends at Abertay. Dundee is the perfect student town, and if I could, I'd go back to living there in a flash! There's a community feel to Abertay, where lecturers know your name and you recognise most of the faces you see on campus, which adds so much to the teaching and learning experience there - and is something that just doesn't exist on bigger campuses.

How important was your Abertay degree in helping you pursue your career?

In reality, my degree might not look that important, seeing as I did a forensics degree and ended up in journalism. But it gave me the basic skills I needed - research, writing, teamwork, stats - that helped get me to where I am. My time at Abertay helped me get the job of my dreams, not only through my degree but through my extracurricular activities. Getting involved with sports teams, the Students' Association, and clubs and societies made me employable across a huge variety of fields, not only in science.

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