Team work is top of agenda for C-MAR Award recipient

Recipient of the C-MAR AwardA student from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, has been recognised by global marine and energy services company, C-MAR Group, as the ‘Best Overall Honours Year Student' on the part-time BA Honours Management degree course.

The winner of the C-MAR sponsored award, Jane Hunter (46), from Danestone, Aberdeen, achieved the best marks in her year across all her modules and received a trophy and cheque from Andrew Macdonald, Group Operations Director at C-MAR, on Tuesday 1 December.

The married mother of two grown up children, Ricky and Jaye, has completed the course whilst working full-time at Northfield Academy. Since embarking on the degree course, Jane has progressed from her role as School Administrator to become School Support Services Manager.

As a member of Aberdeen City Council staff, Jane decided to focus her dissertation on the psychological contract shared by employees and their employers, using the Council as a case study. This relates to how a member of staff perceives what they should do for a company and what the company should do for them. The local authority had implemented a job evaluation exercise and Jane became intrigued to find out whether this was impacting on employees' commitment to their work and their knowledge-sharing attitudes and behaviours.

She explains, "After a lot of research, my main outcomes indicated that any perceived violation of the unspoken contract did affect commitment levels and attitudes and behaviours, but it really depended whether people were committed to their immediate working group. If they were part of a strong team and felt valued by that team then they continued to be committed to their work for the organisation and share their knowledge with colleagues.

"I think that it is important to recognise that building good teams will increase the likelihood of workers being committed to achieving a company's goals. Especially in these uncertain times, building good working relationships and strong teams is very, very important."

Following her graduation on 3 December, Jane adds, "I couldn't have done it without the support of my husband Paul and my family. Everyone at the University was really helpful too and I have made some great friends."

Head-quartered in Aberdeen, C-MAR is an internationally-recognised marine and energy company with bases around the globe. The group provides a comprehensive service to the marine and energy sectors which includes marine operations, management and consultancy, recruitment services, subsea and electrical engineering, dynamic positioning training and consultancy.

Andrew Macdonald, Group Operations Director at C-MAR, explained, "We are delighted to be able to recognise and reward Jane's hard work and achievement. The industries we operate in face very real skills shortages and institutions such as Robert Gordon University are vital to assist people in developing their talents and skills."

Graeme Stephen, Course Leader, said "The popularity of the course continues to rise as people are attracted by its flexibility as they are able to continue working full-time while attending classes two nights per week for three years.

"Aberdeen Business School congratulates Jane and wishes to thank C-MAR for all its support with the course over a number of years, culminating in the sponsorship of the C-MAR Award."