University prizes for Huntly computing students

Two Huntly computing students have been awarded prizes for their outstanding academic performance at Robert Gordon University (RGU).

Michael AlexanderComputer Science student Michael Alexander (22) and Andrew MacLean (23), who is studying Business Information Technology, both picked up awards at the School of Computing Science and Digital Media’s annual prize giving ceremony last week.

Michael, who has just completed the fourth year of his degree, was awarded the Codify prize for the highest academic achievement in his year, while Andrew received a ConocoPhillips prize for his performance in the first year of his course.

Michael said: “I’m really chuffed to have received the Codify prize. It was a very challenging and busy year so it is good to have something at the end to show for all the hard work.

“I have really enjoyed my course so far because of the variety of different topics and modules that I have studied allowing me to gain skills and knowledge in a number of different areas. Also, the placement year that I spent at Aventa Systems has given me valuable industry experience.

“I participated in several different development projects and was also fortunate enough to take part in an IT decommissioning project in London.”

Andrew meanwhile said he was so surprised to receive his prize that he double checked with the university.

“I was really pleased that I'd done well enough to get the prize, and it's boosted my confidence that I can hopefully go on and get a first class honours at the end of the course, so I'm a lot more determined now for when I start second year,” he said.

The keen horse rider was unable to attend the ceremony as he is currently in Canada working at a horse riding facility. It is a hobby that sees him volunteer at the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) in Aberdeen so he was delighted when the class was set the task of designing and programming a website for the organisation. 

Andrew said: “This project was particularly important to me as I've been volunteering for the RDA for over a year, and I really wanted to make them a great website, even though I've never made one before.

“I was really involved and motivated from the get-go, to the point that I was actually excited to get home so I could do more work on it. We got the results of the contest in January and I was very happy and proud that we won and our design is now the RDA Aberdeen official website.

“It was a nervous wait as I'd made a point of not talking to the RDA about the project, so I was hoping I’d done enough that it would win on its own merits.”

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Jenny RushCommunications Officer | Design and Technology