Sir Jackie Stewart motors in for University dyslexia event
Former world champion Formula One racing driver, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, made a rare appearance in Scotland yesterday (26th November) when he spoke about his personal experiences of living with dyslexia at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.
The special public event helped raise awareness of dyslexia and improving access to higher education by attracting an audience of over 200 people from across Scotland.
‘An Audience with Sir Jackie Stewart’, offered guests the opportunity to ask the former World Champion direct questions about how he deals with dyslexia.
Sir Jackie left school at 15 years of age, but his dyslexia was not diagnosed until much later. He found his personal voice in sport; first as an Olympic-class shot, then as a three-time World Champion motor racing driver.
He is now President of Dyslexia Scotland and Vice President of the British Dyslexia Association, and is a long standing campaigner for better support for people affected by the condition.
Sir Jackie is Vice-President of the Scottish International Education Trust. As well as being awarded an OBE in 1972 and knighted in 2001, he holds eight honorary doctorates from US, Scottish and English universities.
The event was also attended by Professor Petra Wend, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen Margaret University, Sir Tom Farmer, Chancellor of Queen Margaret University; Professor Alan Gilloran, Deputy Principal of Queen Margaret University; and Cathy Magee, CEO of Dyslexia Scotland.