First cohort of students graduate from RGU energy course

The first cohort of students has graduated from a commercial practice course aimed specifically at the energy sector at Robert Gordon University (RGU).

Kirsteen Bell CPES awardThe MSc Commercial Practice for the Energy Sector course was launched by RGU in 2012 and was developed in partnership with a working group of industry experts from various backgrounds.

It is aimed at professionals wishing to develop their skills in commercial management in the oil, gas, renewables and decommissioning industries.

Kirsteen Bell (29), from Mannofield, was among those to graduate from the course in December and was awarded the Total E&P industry prize for best student.

She said: “I am thrilled to win the Total E&P prize and really appreciate that both the university and the company have taken the time and effort to recognise hard work and dedication, especially in a challenging time for the oil and gas industry. It's definitely an accolade I will be adding to my CV.”

Kirsteen decided to embark on the course with a view to progressing her career and said: “At the time I was in a role of quite a lot of responsibility and I wanted to prepare myself as much as possible in order to progress and ensure I could succeed in the role.

“I was a Senior Contract and Proposals Engineer at EnerMech Limited and managed a small team in the UK and in India. I spent a lot of time learning on the job and growing with the company, so I wanted to formalise some of knowledge and improve my commercial acumen by gaining this qualification.”

The former Hazlehead Academy student has an undergraduate law degree from Edinburgh University and while studying for the MSc at RGU and working at EnerMech in a new role as a Legal and Compliance Executive, she also managed to complete her Legal Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Aberdeen.

“2015 has been a busy year,” she said. “I really enjoyed my time at RGU. I found the flexibility of the course ideal in order to be able to study and maintain a high intensity job. The resources were great and the staff helpful. I would recommend the course.

“Highlights were definitely the sense of accomplishment in juggling work and study commitments whilst receiving good grades. The more challenging side was completing assignments from dodgy internet connections whilst working in India and dealing with jet lag and time differences whilst working in Australia.”

Kirsteen is currently completing her legal traineeship at Burness Paull LLP through a corporate finance secondment and EnerMech Limited in order to become a solicitor.

She added: “I hope to use the commercial knowledge gleaned from the Masters combined with my work experience to obtain a strategic role as an in-house legal counsel on an international scale.

“I plan to continue to work in the energy sector and hope to be part of diverse projects and frontier regions, including renewable technologies and expansions into Africa.”

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