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Graduation joy for north east engineering student


A prize-winning north east student is celebrating after graduating with distinction from Robert Gordon University (RGU).

Andrew FowlieAndrew Fowlie (22), from St Fergus on the outskirts of Peterhead, graduated with an MEng in Mechanical and Offshore Engineering yesterday (Tuesday, December 9) at Aberdeen’s Music Hall.

The former Peterhead Academy pupil, whose interest in engineering stemmed from a childhood gift from his parents of a Honda ATC70 motorcycle, has excelled throughout his time at RGU, picking up prizes for the best student on his course in first, third, fourth and fifth years, as well as the prizes for the best mechanical engineering projects in his second and final years.

Andrew was also awarded a scholarship from Talisman Sinopec Energy in his first year at RGU, which provided him with financial support during his studies, mentoring, and the provision of an industry focused project.

He is now employed as a well intervention engineer with the company and over the course of three years will spend time working within five disciplines - well integrity, production chemistry, well operations, subsea engineering and operations reservoir engineering.

Andrew, who commuted to Aberdeen from St Fergus while studying, said: “Living 40 miles away from university was a challenge for me as travel could take two hours each way which definitely ate into my day and required perseverance to make the trip each day by bus.

“All in all I have really enjoyed my time at RGU and feel I have received a high level of training with excellent opportunities to get involved in industry with the established links that the university has.

“The greatest lesson I learnt while at university is that those at the top of the mountain did not fall there, they had to climb.”

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Jenny RushCommunications Officer | Design and Technology