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Keir Bloomer, Doctor of the University

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"Keir Bloomer is one of the leading authorities in Scottish educational policy and practice"

Thus began Mark Laing's laudation yesterday, in the ceremony at the Usher Hall that gave Keir the degree of Doctor of the University, honoris causaThe award was "for services to Scottish education and for his significant contribution to the strategic development of Queen Margaret University".

For nine years he has served the University Court, from 2011-16 as its Chair. In his acceptance speech, he admitted to having put in many more hours than for his first degree. Mark, who is Vice-Chair of the Court, commented particularly upon Keir's "incisive and self-deprecating sense of humour ... [and how he] somehow managed to leave everyone feeling that their view had carried the day".

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Here is Petra Wend, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, making her thoughtful address to all the graduands. She congratulated them and their families gracefully, and also emphasised the importance of personal qualities, not merely academic achievement. She stressed the importance of self-confidence and adaptability, and of being able to admit calmly when you don't know. She didn't refer explicitly to impostor syndrome, but this article has good advice on how to handle it. It is more prevalent than you think.

If Keir was suffering from impostor syndrome, he didn't reveal it. It was an unreservedly happy occasion, enhanced by having daughter and sister-in-law, Lindsay, present. Here he is afterwards in our garden, with Helen:

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