Alex is First Class graduate

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LOCAL student Alex MacDonald (22) from Kintore graduated from Robert Gordon University’s School of Computing on Friday (July 13) with a First Class Honours Degree in Computer Science, after a busy university career which has seen him take part in a national programming marathon and receive industry awards.

Alex was recently presented with an award from the British Computer Society for academic excellence at a special prize-giving at the School. The accolade was not Alex’s first industry recognition, as he was previously awarded a £250 prize from international energy firm ConocoPhillips, in both his first and second year of study.

Attracted to the BSc (Hons) in Computer Science by the year-long placement opportunity offered on the course, Alex also represented the University at a national programming competition at the University of Lincoln. The event, at which RGU’s team came fourth, involved a 26-hour overnight developer marathon where teams from across the UK worked to create applications relevant to student life.

Alex said, “I’ve really enjoyed my four years at the School of Computing. Working in groups, whether on a course project or in competitions, has helped me to develop better team working skills which are extremely beneficial in the work environment.”

And further good news for Alex is that he has already secured a graduate position developing applications for Plexus Ocean Systems in Dyce.