Triple celebrations for Mearns student

A Mearns student is celebrating graduating with an honours degree, picking up two university awards and starting a new job.

Ross McLeanRoss McLean (23), who is originally from Newtonhill but now stays in Portlethen, graduated earlier this month with a BSc (Hons) in Business Information Systems and was awarded the class prize for the course, as well as the Head of the School of Computing Science and Digital Media’s prize for student contribution and involvement.

Ross, who was a student ambassador at RGU, has also managed to secure a job as a data analyst with Aberdeen company Independent Data Services (IDS).

He said: “I am extremely thrilled to have won the prizes, I genuinely did not expect anything. I always want to improve the university experience for other people so I would get my hands involved with anything I could to help to make sure that was the case.

“To graduate with a good degree and to know I have a job lined up too is a great feeling.”

Ross, who spent five years in Canada before returning to the north-east for his studies, had initially started a business management degree there but his passion was always to work with technology.

He said: “When I researched courses available around the UK, the Business Information Systems course stood out as a perfect mixture for business and technology. It then made sense to go for a uni that prides itself in being a modern university.

“I would say studying gets progressively more challenging the closer the course gets to the honours year - the biggest challenge was finding that balance of social life, part-time work, academic work and personal projects – but my time at RGU has been brilliant.

“I loved the people, the location and the course. Things got even better once we had moved into the Sir Ian Wood Building at Garthdee.”

Ross added: “There are loads of awesome things that have happened while I’ve been at RGU but some of the top ones would be my summer placements in Edinburgh and London along with my honours project where I developed a mobile app to reduce range anxiety in EV (Electric Vehicle) owners.”

Release by Jenny Rush
Communications Officer | Faculty of Design and Technology
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