Project Management students receive industry accolade from Aberdeen firm

Three recent graduates of the Masters Project Management programme at Robert Gordon University (RGU) have been awarded the annual Balmoral Offshore Engineering Prize for their winning projects, each benefiting from a share of a £5,000 prize fund.

Balmoral PrizeThis is the fifth year running that the Aberdeen-based subsea equipment manufacturing company has sponsored the prize for Aberdeen Business School students, recognising it as a significant association between industry and academia. It is a further affirmation on RGU’s Project Management course fitness to the Industry.

Each student on the MSc Project Management programme was required to produce a major research proposal as part of their individual project, researching significant and continuing problems and issues within a real business context focusing on areas including stakeholders management, portfolio and programme management, governance, change management, stage gate reviews, risk management, benefit and value management, procurement, contract management, supply chain management, team working, leadership, emotional intelligence and the project management office. The winning research project proposals were so highly commended by assessors that immediate plans are now in place to progress the research to next phase.

Steve Gibb, Group Public Relations Manager at Balmoral Group, said: “We have partnered the business school on this programme since 2007 and have seen the course grow in stature over the years.

“It is testament to the value of the course, and the university, that the course has gained global recognition by the Association of Project Management and the International Project Management Association. We are sure the programme will act as a springboard to success for all students that have been part of it and Balmoral is proud to have contributed to its success.”

Ama lawani has researched on Emotional Intelligence and the Impact to Stakeholders Relationship Management, Ayodeji Komolafe has looked at How Fuzzy Front End, Stage Gate Reviews enhance effective ranking, selection and prioritisation (projects) in Portfolio Management and Peter Olorunyomi has developed a research on How Recession stifles Project Management processes skill, knowledge and competence base diversity, Project Management workload and stress and Workload Management Programme

Langes Supramaniam, MSc Project Management Course Leader, added: “These students each has produced significant piece of individual research proposal projects and this Balmoral Prize an industry led award is a testament to the high standard of their work. As a university, we are proud to be closely associated with industry and this event provides further affirmation that the MSc Project Management course is relevant and continues to meet industry's demand and needs.”

For further information on the course, and how to apply, contact Langes Supramaniam on Tel: +44(0)1224 263908 or e mail


Photo Caption

Students at RGU’s Aberdeen Business School after having received their awards at the prize giving on Thursday 20 December 2012.

Left to Right: Photo attached (Steve Gibb – Group Public Relations Manager – Balmoral Offshore Engineering, Peter Olorunyomi, Ama Lawani, Ayodeji Komolafe, Allan Robertson (Production Director – Balmoral Offshore Engineering) and Fraser Milne (Projects Director – Balmoral Offshore Engineering)

Notes to Editors:

- Balmoral Offshore Engineering awards an annual prize fund of £5000 shared between the three top students on RGU’s MSc Project Management course.

The top-performing students on the course are short-listed and their projects are submitted to Balmoral who mark and select the top three prize winners.

- The MSc in Project Management is a management development programme suitable for new graduates and experienced project managers wishing to develop their professional practice and gain a qualification in their specialist area. The course is multi-focus and caters for all project management disciplines and sectors including information technology, public sector, business, built environment, engineering, knowledge, health and energy. It is also highly relevant to the new emerging market of project management in professional services like Human Resources and Finance which is largely being driven by government modernisation and large scale outsourcing.

The MSc Project Management is fully accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM) and recognised by the Project Management Institute (PMI) ® as a Global Registered Education Provider (GAC). RGU are approved to offer project management training for Professional Development Units (PDU). The course was also accredited by the GAC/PMI in 2009.