Edward Pollock has stood on the stage at His Majesty’s Theatre to give many inspirational and uplifting speeches to Robert Gordon University (RGU) graduates, however this time he took to the stage to collect his own First Class Honours degree.
The former student president, from Aberdeen but has previously lived in Dubai for six years, graduated with an Events Management degree on Wednesday July 11 at 2.30pm.
Edward (23) said going to RGU was a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the subjects he was passionate about, to gain social and practical experience and develop as a person.
He had a real passion for event management from a young age and had planned lots of events while in school in Dubai – including planning a Model United Nations conference.
He said: “I feel incredibly proud to be graduating with a First Class Honours. My time at university has been really outstanding and I feel like I have RGU in my blood.
“I’ve met amazing people, and had to work so hard, but had the best time. It certainly was difficult, my Mum passed away when I was a teenager and my Dad passed away while at university, just on the same day I won my first President election. “So, reflecting back on that personal level, I’m proud to have overcome and managed some really difficult personal struggles and been able to prove to myself and the memory of my family that I could do it and do my best by getting all A’s.”
Edward was Student President for two years which he has described as “the most phenomenal experience of running an organisation, representing students and getting the opportunity to make real change”.
“I’m so proud of projects I initiated whether that was launching an award winning safe taxi scheme, to changing the calendar to have exams before Christmas, to running and launching new events and campaigns. All of this work has had a profound impact and will be so valuable as I go forward in my career in events,” he said. Edward is currently on a summer entrepreneurship accelerator programme at Elevator, and hopefully looking to set up his own events and marketing agency.
He has also just accepted a part-time role as a lecturer in Events Management here at RGU.
He added: “I feel completely prepared, confident and equipped to graduate from RGU and take the next steps in my career. Through activities on my course such as work experience opportunities I’ve developed skills through assisting at events such as the Commonwealth Games. Through extracurricular activities, I’ve gained a wealth of skills from volunteering as a representative, getting involved in student groups, taking on leadership roles, initiating new events and so much more.
“The broad student experience has set me up so well to be prepared for what’s next.”
Release by Stacey Lynch
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