Open Eye: Fast lady Tracey takes graduate total to 200,000

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Formula One electronics designer Tracey Inglis has been officially revealed as the recipient of the OU's 200,000th undergraduate degree.

Tracey, whose story featured in the first issue of Open Eye in May, formally accepted her BSc Honours degree at a graduation ceremony in Egham, London.

She celebrated against a backdrop of Grand Prix trophies and cars at McLaren International. Tracey joined TAG Electronic Systems (part of the TAG McLaren group) last season after studying computer-aided design as part of her OU degree. She is pictured with Professor Alan Bassindale.

The first OU degrees were awarded in 1973 and it took until 1990 for the university to reach the milestone of the first 100,000 graduates. Today the OU is Britain's largest single teaching institution with more than 200,000 people studying its courses.