Sir Jackie Stewart takes pole position at University dyslexia event

Former world champion Formula One racing driver, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, is to make a rare appearance in Scotland during November when he will talk about his personal experiences of living with dyslexia at Queen Margaret University (QMU) in Musselburgh, East Lothian.

The special public event, which will take place on Wednesday 26th November, aims to raise awareness of dyslexia and improve access to higher education by attracting an audience of over 200 people from across Scotland.

‘An Audience with Sir Jackie Stewart’, will offer 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.

Commenting on his dyslexia and his support for the QMU event, Sir Jackie Stewart, said: “The world of education has a lot to answer for. There is still an enormous amount of work to be done for people with learning disabilities to be looked after sufficiently well for them to have the benefits that will allow them to enjoy the opportunities to be given the help and assistance required to exercise their full potential in life.”

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.

Professor Petra Wend, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen Margaret University, will host the event. She explained: “QMU is committed to supporting students with dyslexia as part of our continued work to improve access to higher education. It is therefore a great honour for us to welcome Sir Jackie Stewart to the University to talk about his personal experiences of Dyslexia. We look forward to welcoming our friends and members of the local community to this special event who have an interest in Sir Jackie, dyslexia and higher education.”

The event will also be attended by The University’s Chancellor, Sir Tom Farmer, and The Deputy Principal, Professor Alan Gilloran.

The event begins at 3pm in the Halle Lecture Theatre at QMU.  The event is free but ticketed. Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book your place, E: or call Shereen Fazeli on T: 0131 474 0000