County Mayo student picks up plaudits at uni

A Country Mayo student has been recognised by Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen for his outstanding academic performance.

Michael GroarkeMichael Groarke (29), who has just graduated with an MSc in Drilling and Well Engineering, received the Bob Birse Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement at a special ceremony held by RGU’s School of Engineering.

The former Scoil Mhuire agus Padraig pupil, who decided to undertake a postgraduate qualification to further his goal of being a drilling engineer, said: “I was very excited and proud to receive the Bob Birse award. It is a great personal achievement and recognition for a lot of hard work over the past year.
“I've had a very enjoyable year at RGU. The teaching facilities available in the new Sir Ian Wood Building are fantastic and it was a great setting in which to study. The course covered a broad and interesting range of topics and classes were delivered by experienced industry professionals. We also had a number of guest lecturers come in and speak on their area of expertise.”

Michael, who represented RGU at the Student Development Summit at Offshore Europe, the Energy Institute's Best MSc paper competition and an SPE Petro quiz in Dundee, added: “It was a very busy and intensive year. The coursework was challenging but very interesting and I also enjoyed the multicultural nature of the class. I learned a lot about different cultures and gained new friends from every corner of the world.

“The industry is facing major challenges at the moment and that is affecting all of us.  There are still some opportunities out there, but they're just harder to find. It's a global industry and I believe mobility is key to securing a position. Hopefully I will be working - somewhere on the planet - in the not too distant future.”

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