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Inaugural RGU engineering prize for Tain student


A Tain student has been awarded an inaugural prize by Robert Gordon University (RGU) in recognition of his outstanding academic success.

Caorann FosbrookeCaorann Fosbrooke (21), who is studying for an MEng in Mechanical Engineering, was awarded the Robert Hosie Prize for best second year student at a special ceremony held by RGU’s School of Engineering this week.

The annual prize was set up by Robert Newton, a Professor of Information Management at RGU, who established the award to honour his friend and colleague Robert Hosie. 

Robert Hosie was previously an Associate Dean in what was then the School of Mechanical Engineering and his commitment to his subject area and to his students was exemplary.

Caorann said: “I’m obviously delighted to win this award, I didn’t expect it at all though. Winning an award like this definitely motivates you to carry on working hard and I’m looking forward to the challenges of third year.”

The former Tain Royal Academy pupil, who has also secured a scholarship from company UniversalPegasus to support him through his studies, said that he was inspired to study the mechanical engineering having grown up during the re-establishment of the energy industry in the Cromarty Firth.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how the energy industry is going to change over my lifetime. Being part of the development in oil and gas or renewable technologies will be interesting”, he said.

“RGU appealed because of the range of career possibilities in Aberdeen. Even with the recent downturn in industry there are still plenty of opportunities out there.

“I have a scholarship with Universal Pegasus and will be using my relationship with them to gain advice and experience. Gaining a scholarship is definitely the highlight of my course so far.”

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Jenny RushCommunications Officer | Design and Technology