Formartine student celebrates picking up university prize

A Formartine student has scooped a top award for his academic performance at university.

Graeme Penny prize givingGraeme Penny (23), from Oldmeldrum, is currently studying Surveying at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen and was awarded the prize for the Best Built Environment Stage 2 student at a special ceremony recently.

Graeme, who is now in his third year of the course at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment, said: “It is fantastic to be recognised by the university in this way. Second year was an exciting time with all the new areas in the construction industry that I am being introduced to.”

After leaving school, the former Meldrum Academy pupil studied to be an apprentice joiner at North East Scotland College.

Graeme said: “During my final year, the college had a lecture about further education and that is when I applied to RGU to study Surveying. I work for my family's construction company and they are supporting me through my degree and help me balance my studying and my work.”

He added: “Being from a construction background has helped me a lot through the course, when it comes to building technology. The other modules such as procurement, estimating, and measurement, have been an exciting challenge for me to learn about new areas of the construction industry.”

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