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Graduation

Jennifer Hedge

A Tayside mum will graduate after her son inspired her to return to education 25 years on from leaving the system.

Jennifer Hedge will graduate with a 1st class degree in Business Management a year after watching her son, Daniel, tread the same stage in the Caird Hall.

She said it was his “excellent experience” studying Sport and Management at Abertay that had convinced her to apply to the University after completing an access course at Dundee & Angus College.

The 47-year-old from Forfar said it was the real life work experience on offer at Abertay’s Dundee Business School which had set their offering apart from others.

“My son had an excellent experience here and spoke very highly of it, which was one of the main reasons for applying - he recommended it and he said he thought I could do it,” said Jennifer.

She added: “I also attended the Open Day and spoke with lecturer Charlie Malone, who promoted the course very well, and I knew Dundee & Angus College had good links with Abertay, which made the transition process very straight forward.

“I wasn’t too nervous about studying because I had done well at college, although I perhaps worried about the level I was going in at.

“However, I found the lecturers very helpful and there were additional classes for college entrants like myself of which I immersed myself in."

Jennifer had completed an HNC and HND in IT & Business at Dundee & Angus College before applying to Abertay.

She said the University’s Business Management course goes beyond the classroom, using extra-curricular activities such as international competitions like the IBM Business Challenge.

“I have had a wonderful experience and for any mature student thinking of coming back to study or anybody contemplating a career change I would absolutely recommend Abertay."