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Engineering graduate celebrates new career after award-winning four years


Ian Adamson (22) from Cunningsburgh in Shetland graduated from Robert Gordon University’s School of Engineering with a MEng Mechanical Engineering with Distinction on Friday 7 December, following a successful university career which has seen him recognised with over six awards during the course of his studies. 

Ian AdamsonThe hardworking student celebrated with friends and family after a busy four years involving studying, competing in an international competition, undertaking industry work placements and winning a number of accolades from the School of Engineering, industry bodies and the Student Association.

In the summer before commencing his first year, Ian applied for a Talisman Energy Scholarship and after an interview with the firm was awarded significant funding towards his studies and the opportunity to attend specialist training courses.

Ian was also recognised by the School of Engineering for his academic excellence throughout his studies, winning the award for best student in second year, the Lloyds Register EMEA Award for third year and the Frederic Barnes Waldron IMechE Award for fourth year. He will also be presented with accolades from BP and the Alexander Nicol Carnegie Engineering Award at a school prizegiving before his graduation ceremony.

A dedicated member of the Christian Union University Society, Ian was received a Student Achievement Award for his time on the Society’s committee as Treasurer.

Ian also managed to take time out of his hectic schedule to travel to Hawaii as part of a team from the University for an international design competition final to build a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), with the team ranking 9th out of 28 universities from across the world, winning the ‘Best Design Elegance’ Award for their work.

He comments:

“I decided to study at the University as I knew about the fantastic opportunities for engineering graduates and my sister had previously attended so gave it a good recommendation.

“As I was on the University’s ‘fast-track’ Masters course, I had to undertake a series of modules and placements during third and fourth-years which required working and completing coursework during the summer months. It was often quite difficult to find motivation to spend all day at work and then come home to do management reports.”

“I really enjoyed my time as a student, and I am happy that the hard work paid off with a very good job at the end.”

After completing a work placement with Subsea 7, Ian has secured a graduate position with the firm which he started in May.

Issued by:
Sarah Grieve
Communications Officer
Robert Gordon University
Tel: 01224 262206
Mob: 07970 622229
Email: newsdesk@rgu.ac.uk