Long Service Award

Mrs Heather Ferguson, of the University Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery (UDOTS) today received a ‘gold’ University lapel pin in recognition of 40 years’ service to the University of Dundee.

The Public Engagement & Major Events Office organised a long service award afternoon tea, held at the Apex Hotel, Dundee, on the 21st November, 2019 at 3:00pm where all staff having served over 25 years’ service were recognised.

Heather, along with another 12 members of staff received gold badges and £200 gift tokens from Pamela Milne (Director of HR and Organisational Development), who also read short biographies of each awardee. Altogether 50 University staff members were eligible for the awards for reaching 25 and 40 years’ service.

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Left: Heather with her husband Ray, who himself is sporting a pin badge in recognition of his 40 years’ service with the Post Office; Right: Heather with other long service recipients.

Heather joined the university from the NHS in 1979. Originally in General Practice she moved to Dundee Royal Infirmary to assist the Departments of Urology in and Neurosurgery in 1983 under Mr Patrick Weaver and Mr Keith Baxby before moving to Ninewells Medical School to join the Faculty/College Office in 1996 under Professors Denis McDevitt, David Levison, Brian Burchill and Irene Leigh. She subsequently moved to the UDOTS, based at the TORT Centre in 2010, under Professor Rami Abboud and more recently, Mr Arpit Jariwala.

Heather will be retiring from her post as Department Secretary at UDOTS on 20th December, 2019. She can be seen, top right, receiving her award from Professor Blair Grubb, Vice-Principal (Education).

Mr Arpit Jariwala, Director of UDOTS, stated:

“It’s an extraordinary achievement to be in the same employ for 40 years! Not only does it show dedication and loyalty, it takes great skill to realise such a landmark. I speak for everyone at UDOTS when I say that we’ll miss Heather, especially her unique sign-language, but we hope she, and her husband Ray, enjoy a fabulous retirement continuing their two passions, namely family and travel. Thank you for your service over the years Heather, and please do visit when you can.”