Insch student wins academic award

Gervase Topp, Chair of the RICS Aberdeen & North East Committee presenting Mikaela with her award with Dr David McClean, Head of School.
Gervase Topp, Chair of the RICS Aberdeen & North East Committee presenting Mikaela with her award with Dr David McClean, Head of School.
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AN Insch student has received a prestigious award from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for her “excellent academic performance”.

Mikaela Newman (23) from Insch, is currently in her fourth year of a BSC (Hons) Surveying degree at Robert Gordon Univeristy’s Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment, received the award for the best academic performance over the year – achieving A grades in all her modules.

The former Inverurie Academy pupil originally went to Strathclyde University to study Chemistry but soon realised the course wasn’t for her.

Mikaela said, “I opted to return to the North-east and study Surveying as the course sounded really interesting and offered the opportunity to complete a placement and excellent future job prospects. The course is also accredited by RICS so it is a recognised qualification in industry.”

Mikaela recently completed an 8-month work placement with Petrofac, a leading international provider of integrated facilities services to the oil, gas and energy production and processing industries.

She added, “I’m really pleased with my award which has rounded off a great year for me. During my placement, I got to work on several projects within the commercial department, dealing with costs and the supply chain process, gaining valuable industry experience.

“In the future, I’d love to obtain a Quantity Surveying role in the oil and gas industry and complete my APC – Assessment of Professional Competence – to qualify and become a Chartered Surveyor.”

Paul Begg, Stage 3 Manager at the School said, “I’m delighted Mikaela has been recognised with this award and look forward to seeing her continue her success in her final year of study and beyond.”