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Vivienne gains first class degree and scoops Biology prize


Ellon resident Vivienne Mechie is celebrating a double success after graduating from Robert Gordon University (RGU) this summer.

Vivienne Mechie is celebrating a double success after graduating from RGU this summer.Vivienne (21) has gained a first class honours degree in Biosciences with Biomedical sciences and also scooped the Society for Biology prize for her studies.

The former Ellon Academy pupils’ achievement is even more impressive as she had not previously studied Biology or Chemistry during her Highers.

Vivienne, from Laverock Hill, Ellon, originally began her studies at RGU by working towards an honours degree in Adult Nursing but after her first year transferred to Biosciences with Biomedical sciences.

She said: “After my first year I decided that nursing wasn’t the career for me but because I enjoyed Human Biology during the course I wanted to learn more about the subject.

“My course was very challenging and it required a lot of hard work and commitment to be successful. I am very proud to have gained a first class honours degree and was delighted when I found out I had been awarded the Society for Biology prize for my studies.”

Vivienne, who graduated on Thursday, July 11 at His Majesty’s Theatre, has recently been employed as a trainee recruitment consultant in Aberdeen and said that the skills she learned at RGU have given her the confidence to succeed.

She said: “Although I am not starting my career by using my degree, studying a science-based course has taught me many valuable skills which can be transferred into any job such as problem solving, analysis, research and technical writing.

“Most importantly my degree has given me the confidence in my own abilities as well as the motivation to put 100% in to whatever the future holds for my career.”

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