The F1 legend, Sir Jackie Stewart will make a rare appearance in Scotland in this month where he will talk about his personal experience of living with dyslexia. The event, titled ‘An Audience with Sir Jackie Stewart’, will take place at Queen Margaret University (QMU) in Edinburgh on Wednesday 26 November, aiming to raise awareness of dyslexia and improve access to higher education.
It is expected to attract more than 200 people from across Scotland. And in this event, the guests are offered opportunities to ask the three time F1 world champion direct questions about how he deals with dyslexia.
Sir Jackie left school at 15, but his dyslexia was not diagnosed much later. Truly fortunate for him, he found his personal voice in sport and has won three F1 World Championship since then: in 1969, in 1971 and in 1973. His racing statistics were remarkable, with 27 wins from 99 races entered and this victory record stood undefeated for 14 years, and only broken by another Formula One genius, Alain Prost in 1987. Now, the 75-year-old is President of Dyslexia Scotland and Vice President of the British Dyslexia Association, campaigning for better support for people affected by the learning disability.
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 opportunites to be given the help and assistance required to exercise their full potential in life.” Besides, when asked about whether his dyslexia gave him the determination to succeed in 2011, the Flying Scot answered that though in a funny way dyslexics do have an advantage over the clever folk because all the clever folk go down the same avenue, and it’s very congested, he still considered his education was his greatest loss in life.
Professor Petra Wend, principal and vice-chancellor of Queen Margaret University, said: “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.”
The event will also be attended by The University’s Chancellor, Sir Tom Farmer, and the Deputy Principal, Professor Alan Gilloran.