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Nigel Osborne, D LItt

It's difficult to be objective about Nigel Osborne: I've mentioned his 60th birthday and our memorable lunch with him a year later. He retired from his Professorial post at Edinburgh University last year, and last Friday he was honoured by another university: Queen Margaret University awarded him a Doctor of Letters, and Keir, who is Chair of its University Court, gave the laudation Osborne.pdf.

Below is Keir, Nigel (central) and Petra Wend, Vice-Chancellor of the University, pictured outside the Usher Hall.


The whole occasion benefited from the imposing atmosphere of the Usher Hall, with its splendid organ, good audiovisuals and superb acoustics. Somehow, despite the large numbers and limited time, all the graduands were treated as individuals, with humanity.


This is something for which Chancellor Tom Farmer and Vice-Chancellor Petra Wend both deserve considerable credit. Tom Farmer managed to doff his cap on a baby in its mother's arms - a baby who thus took his degree at a very young age, setting the tone for a humane and individualised graduation. (All photos courtesy of QMU.)



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