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2013

Abertay celebrates student success at Winter Graduation Ceremony

29 November 2013

The achievements of over three hundred students were celebrated in Dundee's Caird Hall today (November 29) as Abertay University's Winter Graduation Ceremony took place.

In addition to the students, more than 800 of their family and friends gathered from around the world to join in the celebrations.

Degrees were conferred by the Chancellor of the University, Lord Cullen, in subjects as diverse as Computer Arts, Ethical Hacking, Biotechnology, and Criminology.

The ceremony included the award of an Honorary Degree to computer games industry pioneer David Braben.

David is a founding trustee of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, which aims to bring affordable, pocket-sized computers to schools and individuals across the world - inspiring a whole new generation to learn computer programming.

‌‌Congratulating the new graduates on their success, Professor Nigel Seaton - Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Abertay University - said:

"Congratulations to all of you, our new graduates. My colleagues and I are incredibly proud of you. We challenged and stretched you intellectually, because we believed in your ability to learn and grow. And you did.

"There might have been times when you doubted your own ability to complete the journey, but today, on this stage, you have emphatically answered your own question.

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Professor Seaton continued:

"You have developed your intellectual capacity to make your own contributions to society; to find creative solutions to real-world problems; and to work effectively with others from other backgrounds and with other skills.

"Through your academic, cultural and sporting achievements, you have contributed enormously to Abertay's distinctive community spirit, helping to make it such an important part of the wider communities of Dundee, Scotland and the UK.

"We hope we have helped you develop curiosity and ambition in your thinking, determination and creativity in your approach to work, and confidence and flexibility in your collaborations with others - in short, all the attributes that make an Abertay Graduate.

"Armed with these, you are well equipped for your own journey through life, and for a life of learning, whatever the challenges that lie before you.

"My congratulations once again to all of you, our Graduates. I wish you every success and good fortune in your futures."

ENDS

For media enquiries please contact Kirsty Cameron T: 01382 308935 M: 07972172158 E: k.cameron@abertay.ac.uk

Notes to Editors:

David Braben received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology from Abertay University on Friday, November 29.

David Braben biography

David's career as a software engineer extends back over 30 years, beginning in 1982 when he co-wrote the hugely popular and influential space trading computer game 'Elite' with a friend while still at Cambridge University.

He founded Frontier Developments plc in January 1994, which now employs about 250 people at the Cambridge Science Park and in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Frontier is famous for many computer games, most recently 'Rollercoaster Tycoon 3', 'LostWinds', 'Kinectimals' with Microsoft, 'Disneyland Adventures' with Microsoft and Disney, and 'Zoo Tycoon' with Microsoft.

Frontier floated on the London Stock Exchange in July 2013 (AIM: FDEV).

David is also a founding trustee of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and was formerly a non-executive director of Phonetic Arts, a Cambridge-based company focussed on speech synthesis that was acquired by Google in December 2010.

David is a member of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and chairman of the Skillset University Approvals Board.

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