University of Dundee

CLS Alumnus wins the Inaugural Principal's Prize for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

29 Jun 2012

Dr Mhairi Towler has been named as the first winner of the Principal's Prize for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

Mhairi, a biochemist and until recently a postdoc in the Hardie Lab at CLS, hit upon the idea of creating animations and using them in the lectures she delivered as a way of enhancing the students' learning experience.

She decided to establish a company that uses computer graphics to help communicate science more effectively, and matriculated on the MSc Animation & Visualisation course at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design to obtain the necessary animation skills.

She also enrolled on the 'Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Small Business Start-Up' module, and has been awarded the Principal's Prize in recognition of being the highest-graded student.

Mhairi, who received a certificate and a cheque for £250 from Professor Pete Downes, Principal of the University, and Entrepreneur-in-Residence Scott Brady, has now started her own company. "I embarked upon the Masters in order to gain the animation skills and thought it would be good to combine this by adding some business knowledge as well," she said. "Studying for this module fitted with my plans for starting up a company."