Embargo: Not for publication or broadcast before 6pm, Thursday, 24 November 2011
Invitation: Media are invited to cover the 2011 Prizegiving Ceremony at the University of Abertay Dundee, starting at 6.15pm in the Main Lecture Theatre, Kydd Building, Bell Street, Dundee.
Dozens of students and former students gathered at the University of Abertay Dundee this evening (Thursday 24 November) for the annual Prizegiving Ceremony, held on the eve of the November Graduation Ceremony.
Accompanied by friends and families, the prizewinners were welcomed by Professor Steve Olivier, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Development) and by William Mohieddeen, President of the University of Abertay Dundee Students’ Association. They then received their awards from the Chancellor of the University, Lord Cullen of Whitekirk.
A total of 82 prizes, covering the full range of disciplines taught at the University, were awarded. The awards are sponsored by individuals, local, national and international organisations and Abertay University itself, and include prizes established in memory of former students and prominent members of the community.
A new prize issued for the first time this year is the Forensic Society Award for the most meritorious science project by a fourth-year student studying the BSc (Hons) Forensic Science degree.
Many of the organisations and individuals who sponsor individual prizes were also in the audience.
Addressing the prizewinners and their friends and family, Abertay’s Acting Principal Professor Nicholas Terry said: “Prizegiving is an important event in the University’s calendar because it honours those who have performed exceptionally well in their studies. On behalf of the University, I warmly congratulate all the prize-winners this evening.
“I am delighted that we have been able to continue to introduce additional awards. This is testament to the excellent relationships that the University enjoys with the world of business, industry and the public services.
“Many of our prizes and awards are donated by companies and organisations with which the University enjoys links through consultancy work or through other collaborative ventures.
“We value greatly such partnerships, from local employers to national and international businesses and also with professional organisations, and I thank most warmly each of the donors for their support in this way of the University, its purpose, its courses, and especially its students.”