Father and daughter graduate together

Any proud father will look forward to his daughter's graduation, but for Graeme Collie the day will be a particular celebration, because he'll be graduating too.

52 year old Graeme, from Edinburgh, gained his undergraduate degree, Honours in Mechanical Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, in 1988. On 19 June 2013 he'll be back at Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh Campus, to accept his PhD in Mechanical Engineering, at the same ceremony where his daughter, 22 year old Morven Collie, who lives in Dunfermline, will be graduating with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering.

It appears that not only engineering but also Heriot-Watt are deeply embedded in the family: Graeme's grandfather, William Fraser Oliver, gained a diploma in Mechanical Engineering at Heriot-Watt College (later converted to an MSc when Heriot-Watt became a University), studying between 1908 and 1914. After serving with the Royal Engineers during WW1 he returned to the college where he worked as a lecturer from 1920 until his retirement in the late 1950's.

Following his first degree Graeme went to work in research and development at FMC Technology at their Dunfermline base, and the company has supported him during his seven years of part-time study. Morven has gained a position with Schlumberger, with whom she did internships during her degree course.