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7 January 2005

Engineers & Scientists invited back to Dundee

Sir George Mathewson, Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group is just one of many University of Dundee graduates, in over 70 countries worldwide who have been invited back to the University for a unique, two-day engineering event. Sir George will join UK Science Minister, Lord Sainsbury as a guest speaker at the conference, 'Engineering Your Future'.

This the first alumni conference of its kind from the University, offering graduates professional career development advice and an update on the latest research coming out of the University. As well as re-establishing links with friends, colleagues, and tutors, graduates will benefit from the expertise and advice on offer from the guest speakers from UK politicians to renowned academics and industry leaders.

Sir George Mathewson completed his PhD in electrical engineering at the University in 1964 and almost forty years later is returning to offer alumni advice from the wealth of his experience. This is a rare opportunity for graduates to glean knowledge from Sir George, who is largely credited for transforming the Royal Bank of Scotland into one of the worldís biggest financial powerhouses over the last 5 years.

Dr Rod Jones, head of the University's Division of Civil Engineering and a graduate of the University himself explains, "From civil, electrical and mechanical engineers to mathematicians, computer scientists and physicists, this is the first time the University has brought together its engineering and physical science graduates, to find out about the latest developments in the field from UK experts.

The University is renowned for producing first class engineers and industry leaders but with a highly competitive worldwide market it is important for professionals to stay ahead of the game by keeping up to date with advances in their field. This is a rare chance for our graduates to learn from each other, stay abreast of industry developments and make new contacts that will help them advance in their own careers and businesses."

The conference will be held in the University of Dundee on 18 March 2005. Anyone interested in attending should contact the Events Office on 01382 3445564 or e-mail events@dundee.ac.uk. For further details and to make a booking via the web, visit www.dundee.ac.uk/externalrelations/events/conferences/feps.html

By Angela Durcan, Press Officer 01382 344910, out of hours: 07968298585, a.durcan@dundee.ac.uk