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1930s student gets in touch with Abertay University

31 January 2014

Mr Gordon teaching, c1960 

A student who started his studies in 1937 recently got in contact with Abertay University, after the institution launched an appeal to contact old alumni.

Jim Gordon started a five-year part-time textiles course in 1937, which he completed in 1948 following his war service.

With students, 1974 

He later became a member of staff and retired from Dundee College of Technology in 1987, having reached the position of Head of the Textile Science Department, seven years before the institution became Abertay University.

Mr Gordon contacted the university following the celebrations of the 125th anniversary of its founding as Dundee Technical Institute, sharing his course certificates and a damask napkin with the former College’s logo woven into the material.

Mr Gordon said: “I studied as a part-time student as did my two brothers, and my son gained a CNAA degree in Civil Engineering at the ‘Tech’.

“I then became external examiner for the City and Guilds of London Institute, which was the examining body at the time, and did so until I became a member of staff.

“I served as a lecturer, Head of Department and various administrative posts until March 1987, a period of 50 years including war service.

“My advice to all students today is enter your first appointment with an open mind. If students find a ready market for whatever course they follow then the university is continuing to be successful.“

Abertay University’s predecessor, Dundee Technical Institute, was formally opened on 15th October 1888.

It occupied a building on Small’s Wynd before moving to a new site on Bell Street which was opened in 1911 and is still used today.


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