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Athena Swan

Heriot-Watt University welcomed a senior Jamaican diplomat to its Edinburgh campus today (Monday 28 January).

The Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard A. Williams, welcomed His Excellency, Seth George Ramocan, the Jamaican High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

A reception involving senior University figures including Professor Sir Geoff Palmer OBE was held in honour of the special guest who enjoyed a guided tour of the campus. Councillor Frank Ross, Lord Provost of Edinburgh was also in attendance.

Professor Williams said afterwards: “It’s a great delight to welcome His Excellency to our University.

“Heriot-Watt has long standing international connections with Jamaica, especially in business education, and it is wonderful that we had the opportunity to celebrate this today.”

As part of His Excellency’s visit, Professor Palmer arranged for the University to display one of its most important and treasured archives - a letter written by Sir William Gibson-Craig MP, who played a role in the final abolition of slavery in the West Indies in 1838.  At that time, the Gibson-Craig family lived at Riccarton, the location of Heriot-Watt’s Edinburgh campus.