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Civil Engineering lecturer becomes first female to be elected as Vice-Chair of COMEC

Published on 1 October 2020

Civil Engineering lecturer and Director of Public Engagement and Outreach for the School of Science and Engineering, Dr Margi Vilnay has been elected vice-chair of the Executive Board of the Council of Military Education Committees (COMEC)

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Civil Engineering lecturer and Director of Public Engagement and Outreach for the School of Science and Engineering, Dr Margi Vilnay has been elected vice-chair of the Executive Board of the Council of Military Education Committees (COMEC).

COMEC represents the views of Military Education Committees (MECs) across the UK and serves as a channel of information between the universities and the Ministry of Defence.

It also represents the interests of MECs in negotiations with Defence and the Armed Forces over policy development in officer training, the University Service Units and the Reserve Forces.

Despite being founded over 100 years ago, Dr Vilnay is the first woman to serve in this role and will hold the position until 2024.

““It is a great honour to have been elected to this important role. I believe that together with the Chair, Mr Jim Castle from Glasgow Caledonian University, we can bring on important changes needed,” ”

Dr Margi Vilnay

“Although the aims of COMEC are still as relevant as ever, attitudes between society, universities and the military have shifted. I hope to help raise the profile and benefits of MECs to universities and to develop new areas of mutual interest. I am passionate about promoting equality, diversity and inclusion and I intend to utilise my time as vice-chair to engage in these areas.”  Dr Vilnay said.

Civil Engineering is ranked 8th in the UK in the Times and Sunday Times Good University guide. Find out more about studying Civil Engineering: https://www.dundee.ac.uk/subjects/engineering