Long-serving members of staff from the School are to have their achievements recognised at an event on Thursday, 18 January. The ceremony, to which 103 members of staff have been invited, will recognise the commitment and hard work of staff members who have worked at the University for over 15 years. Staff members from across the University who have given over 25 years' service - including a group of 20 staff members who have achieved an impressive 40+ years of service - were recognised at a ceremony in November last year, held at Dundee's Apex Hotel. In total, staff being recognised have served over 7000 years.
Mr Ian Christie, who is Postgraduate Skills Tutor within the Tayside Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation (TORT) Centre, was one of the staff members who was recognised at the event held at the Apex. Having achieved 26 years' service with the University, Ian has seen - and been part of - many of the major developments within the School. He said, “I’ve seen so many changes at the University over the last 26 years, thankfully most of them positive. For a start when I first began working for the University everything was DOS-based and I had the unenviable task of designing a newsletter by typing commands at a (blinking) prompt?! Windows were something your mum cleaned once a week! I’ve worked for and alongside many talented and inspirational people such as Professor Rami Abboud, Professor David Rowley, Mrs Jean Keighren and Professor Eric Abel."
Professor Sir Pete Downes, University Principal and Vice-Chancellor, who has worked in Dundee since 1989, was the recipient of an award for long service himself. He said, "I am delighted we are having this celebration as part of our 50th anniversary. The shared exerience and knowledge of people who have been here for over half the life of the University cannot be underestimated, and it is a significant factor in building the sense of community that is at the core of our strategy and direction."