Joyce Cullen, a litigation partner at Brodies LLP, will today be honoured at the University of Dundee Winter Graduation ceremony.

Joyce will receive an honorary degree at the Caird Hall in Dundee. The other recipients, who will receive their honorary degrees tomorrow, are fellow alumni Pamela Butchart, the children's author, and Dr Niall Elliott, Team GB's Chief Medical Officer for the Olympics.

"In choosing our honorary graduands we look for people who are inspiring to our students and staff, and I am particularly delighted that we are honouring three of our own alumni, who have shown where a degree from Dundee can take you, said Professor Sir Pete Downes, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University.

"They have shown excellence and achievement in abundance and in completely different areas - literature, law and medicine. They illustrate the tremendous impact our own graduates are having in the world.

Joyce Cullen graduated with a Law degree from the University in 1979 and has since made an exceptionally meritorious contribution to law in Scotland. She is now widely regarded as one of Scotland's foremost litigators. She is a Partner at Brodies LLP and served as Chairman from 2004-2013.

Nominated by the Scottish Ministers, she served as a Member of the General Teaching Council, Scotland for two terms, from 1998 to 2006, representing the public interest. She was recently appointed as a non-executive member of the Joint Management Board of the Scotland Office and Office of the Advocate General in Scotland.

She is Governor of The New School, Butterstone, which aims to help young people who find mainstream education difficult to access, and Chair in Scotland of the Two Percent Club, which addresses the issue of under-representation of women at the top of corporate UK.