Total IT Bursary finalists battle it out at RGU

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Total IT Bursary finalists battle it out at RGU

    TOTAL IT Bursary finalists battle it out at RGU

    Three students from The Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen will be competing for a prestigious bursary award on Wednesday 14 February 2007 at the annual TOTAL E&P UK Bursary Awards Final. The bursary provides the successful student with ?1500 per year for two years.

    Applicants for the bursary were required to submit a paper on a topic related to communication and information technology and its human, sociological or economic impact. The three finalists, selected by

    representatives from TOTAL E&P UK and RGU are: Jonathan Brown (22) who is studying BEng (Hons) Electronic and Computing Engineering; Claire Wood (29) who is studying BSc (Hons) Computer Network Management and Design; and Scott McArthur (20) who is studying BSc (Hons) Computer Science. At the event on 14 February, the finalists will make a presentation to a panel of judges, expanding on their original IT related paper.

    The judging panel comprises Graham Elrick, Head of Information Management Project and Methods, Yves-Andre Valot, Information Services Manager, TOTAL E&P UK, Professor John Watson, Dean of the Faculty of Design and Technology, Grant Maxwell, Acting Head, School of Engineering and David Davidson, Acting Head, School of Computing, RGU.

    The bursary was established for undergraduate students by TOTAL E&P UK in memory of George Mackay, who died in 1999. He worked for the company for many years as Information Systems Manager, and the bursary commemorates his contribution to the company, and his enthusiastic commitment to the development of graduates in the field of information systems. One of the main aims of the bursary is to identify and recruit local talent.

    Professor Watson said, “RGU is absolutely delighted to be associated with TOTAL E&P UK and their generous bursary. This is a relationship which

    helps to cement the close links between TOTAL and the University, and is of major benefit to the recipients of the award.”

Yves-Andre Valot, IS Manager at TOTAL, said, “TOTAL is constantly

    reviewing existing technologies and new ones to improve what we do and how we do it. It is great ideas, such as those presented by our bursary candidates, which enable us to do this. TOTAL is very happy to acknowledge and reward their efforts, especially as the standard has been so high.”

ENDS 25 January 2007

Pauline Smith

    Communications Officer

The Robert Gordon University

    Communications Office



    AB10 1FR

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