Heather’s hard work pays off

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A St Cyrus student is celebrating an impressive end to her university career, after picking up two prizes for her academic performance.

Heather McKenna (22), who graduated on Tuesday, December 8 with an MEng Mechanical Engineering with distinction, was awarded a certificate of commendation from the School of Engineering at Robert Gordon University (RGU), as well as an industry prize for Undergraduate of the Year developed by RGU in partnership with the Chartered Quality Institute and Wood Group PSN.

The former Mearns Academy pupil said: “It feels very rewarding to have received these awards - like all of the hard work has paid off. It’s great to be recognised and it will be a lovely reminder of my time at RGU.

“I have really enjoyed my time at university - there have definitely been some highs and lows, but it’s all been worth it. I have found the staff to be incredibly friendly and supportive.

“Particular highlights have to be being awarded a place on Petrofac’s scholarship scheme which allowed me to gain industry experience through summer placements, and recently being awarded my degree classification.

She said there were some “challenging” pieces of coursework and “some very late nights”, but she had a lot of support.

Heather, who is working as a trainee patent attorney, added: “At school, I loved maths and physics and the course seemed like a natural progression from this. Working as a trainee patent attorney seems like a bit of a career change but actually requires a technical degree in order to understand technology in many different fields. Training is a long process, and I will need to pass lots of exams in the UK and in Europe in order to become a Chartered Patent Attorney in each.”