Nostalgia: Memories of working at university

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ANNE Clason, 77, from East Calder, fondly remembers her time working at Edinburgh University’s Moray House School of Education, off the Canongate.

After growing up at ­Riccarton, where the Heriot-Watt campus is, it seemed a particularly fitting location for her to spend her final years ­before retirement.

Mrs Clason worked in the finance office of Moray House, after spending her whole working life in accounts.

She said: “I was living in England before I got the job there so that was my first job back in Scotland.

“I was in charge of the ­finance office and I loved it.

“You saw all sorts working there – I remember there was once a sit-in, where the mature students were staging a ­protest.

“There was a guy from East Calder involved and I heard it was one of the people who I actually lived next door to.

“I loved working alongside the people I worked with and I enjoyed seeing the students coming in.

“I made friends with some of them and it was nice to see them going from the start right through to their ­graduation.”

Mrs Clason retired from Moray House in 1994 when the commute from West ­Lothian became too much.

She said: “I used to get a lift from my husband, who worked down Leith way, and he would pick me up at night.

“He died in 1993 and this was when I decided to retire.

“I had to get two buses to work. I would get off the first bus at Gorgie then have to wait for another bus to take me to the Canongate.

“The roads were always so busy and it took me ages to get home at night.”