Abertay University has signed the UK Armed Forces Covenant as a pledge to support the country’s servicemen and women wherever and however it can.
The Covenant commits organisations that sign it to ensure no member of the Armed Forces should suffer any disadvantage as a result of their service.
Professor Nigel Seaton, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Abertay University, signed the Covenant at a passing-out parade for the Tayforth University Officer Training Corp (UOTC) at Barry Buddon Camp near Carnoustie.
The signing – organised by Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association – was witnessed by Major General Nick Ashmore OBE, the Army’s senior officer in Scotland.
Dundee-based Abertay is the first university in the UK to sign the Armed Forces Covenant in its new form, which was only introduced this month. Eight other UK universities are signatories to the Covenant in its earlier form.
Professor Seaton said: “The Covenant sets out the obligations that the UK owes to the members of its Armed Forces, who sacrifice some civilian freedoms and face danger and the risk of injury and death while in service.
“Abertay is proud to sign up to the Covenant to acknowledge these sacrifices and to pledge to do what it can to support members of the Armed Forces within the University community.”
Abertay students make up almost half of Tayforth UOTC’s B Squadron, which also includes students from the University of Dundee. The rest of Tayforth UOTC includes students from the universities of St Andrews and Stirling.
Three Abertay students – from Dundee, East Lothian and the Borders – completed the first part of their UOTC training at the passing-out parade.
Main image: Major General Nick Ashmore and Professor Nigel Seaton showing off the signed Covenant.