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Graduation stories – a family affair

27 August 2013

Stuart Milne picked Abertay for its course and his love of games, which also involved being taught by his father Allan Milne for two modules.

We caught up with Stuart and Allan recently to hear about the family connection, and discovered that his sister also chose Abertay for her studies.

Some places for this course are still available for September entry for rest of the UK and overseas applicants. You can apply today on our clearing pages.

Like father, like son

Stuart said: “It feels great to graduate from the same university my dad teaches at, my sister gained her degree and doctorate here as well so it definitely feels like upholding a family tradition!

“I've always been proud of my dad for the work he does so it was great to be able to see first-hand what a fantastic job he does and to be part of that for four years.
“My dad taught me games tools programming and audio programming in third year. However, he was pretty much teaching me every day as I would pick his brain on the bus to and from university, any time I visited, family dinners and so on.

“A lot of my fundamental and core knowledge in terms of programming and computer science has come from conversations and advice from my dad over the years, those two modules hardly do his contribution justice.

“However, it has been nice towards the end of my degree, and now since I've been in industry, to be able to turn the tables and help him out and give him advice on some things!”

Learning from the best

Allan insists there was “no parental pressure” on either child to study at Abertay: “Jennifer chose it because she wanted to stay locally and Stuart because of the fine reputation of the Computer Games Technology course.”

“It was very insightful having their views of the student experience, these being unclouded with any hesitation or self-censorship that is often the case when we talk to students. Their experiences certainly contributed to my reflections and development of my teaching practice and engagement with university processes. It was also very useful in having them about when I needed some assistance!

“Jenny, Stuart and I were never uncomfortable with the situation; where necessary a professional approach was always taken. For example, I excused myself from boards where any of their results were being considered and any assessments submitted for modules which I taught them were always scrutinised by a second member of staff.

“Overall having had Jennifer and Stuart attending as students has been a very positive experience and I am extremely proud of both of them.”

Straight into industry

Stuart is now working in the computer games industry, having secured a job before he graduated: “I am now living in the English Midlands, working for Rare on a launch title for the Xbox One.

“I've been working here full-time for two months now and am loving it – it’s exactly what I hoped for, great environment, great team, working on big releases with lots of challenges and exposure, so my plans for now are just to continue with more of the same as I'm very happy!”

You can learn more about Stuart’s course on the Computer Games Technology page.

Some places are still available for September entry for rest of the UK and overseas applicants. You can apply today on our clearing pages.

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