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Fordyce student follows in father’s footsteps and scoops top award for academic performance


A Fordyce student has scooped a top award for his academic performance during his first year at university.

Scott Mathieson and Prof. John WatsonScott Mathieson (21), who is currently a student at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen, was presented with the prize for the Most Promising Built Environment Student in Stages 1, 2 or 3 at a special ceremony recently.

Scott, now starting the second year of a degree in Surveying at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment, was inspired by his dad’s career in the industry to study the subject.

He said: “My dad is a quantity surveyor who studied at RGU years back and actually won a few awards so I’ve got a long way to go to catch him! When I first left school I was fortunate enough to play full-time football for two years with Inverness Caley Thistle.

“When that all fell through though I had a decision to make as to choosing a proper job. After looking at several courses and not seeing anything that really appealed to me, my dad recommended surveying and the more I looked into it the more it appealed to me.”

The former Banff Academy pupil added: “I feel honoured to see that all the work I put in last year has been recognized by the school and lecturers.

“I really enjoyed the practical work in the first semester for surveying methods. It was really interesting to use all the machinery for calculating ground levels and I’m looking forward to the industry placement in third year to get some real hands on experience.”

Alan Watson, Lecturer and Stage 1 Manager for Built Environment students at the School, said: “Scott has demonstrated the many early skills required by the surveyor, from the theoretical to the applied. His work ethic coupled to his professional approach to succeed, will be successful ingredients in his future employment.”

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Jenny RushCommunications Officer | Design and Technology