Fire helmet in one hand, mortar board in the other

Senior Fire and Rescue Service Officer Andy Coueslant (44), from Westhill, Aberdeenshire, graduated with a Masters in Public Administration with merit (MPA) after three years of participating in the distance learning programme whilst performing his day job with Grampian Fire and Rescue Service.

Andy Fireman Family

Andy, who has worked for Grampian Fire and Rescue Service for 26 years, is currently the Head of Operations based at the Service’s HQ in Aberdeen. The determined fire officer chose to complete his MPA via distance learning so that he could fit his studies around his career and family life.

Andy reflects: “I wanted to find a course that could fit around my current commitments and RGU offered that through its Masters in Public Administration. The end goal was to develop my knowledge and marry theory with practice, so that I’m better placed to make a contribution and progress my career in the future.

“It’s been a real juggle to ensure my role as a senior officer has not been overtaken by my studies and that my family still remembers what I look like!  It was a challenge to find the right work-life-study balance and going back to academia after 23 years was daunting at times, however I received huge support from my family, my boss, the tutors and fellow students.”

Andy proudly follows in his grandfather’s footsteps, Leopold Coueslant, who attended the Robert Gordon’s Technical College in 1904, graduating with a BSc degree in Engineering.

Masters in Public Administration (MPA)


Issued by:

Katie Begg
Communications Officer | Aberdeen Business School

Robert Gordon University
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262144