The annual School of Engineering and Built Environment prize-giving ceremony celebrated outstanding academic achievement on November 18.

Graduates, students and academics from across the School were joined by key stakeholders, including industry leaders and professional institutions, to recognise success in Construction Management, Quantity Surveying, Property Management, Civil, Mechanical, Electronic and Environmental programmes, Forensic Investigation, Networking and Computing Web Systems Development, Digital Security and Interior Design.

The annual event was supported by national, international and global businesses, which provided sponsorship and 81 awards.

Carolyn Susan Broatch and Emma Cameron picked up three awards each. BSc (Hons) Building Surveying student Carolyn received the Certificate of Excellence Prize to Top Honours Student, Top Management Student in Core Modules at Honours Level and the Harry Madden Memorial Prize. BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying student Emma took home the Certificate of Excellence Prize to Top Honours Student, Dissertation Demonstrating Excellence, and Top Final Year Student QS awards.

Andrew Wilson received the award for Best Dissertation across the Built Environment programmes, which was presented by Jim Present of the Veitchi Group. Andrew received a first class honours in BSc Environmental Management. Andrew's parents collected the award on his behalf, as he is currently on an internship programme in Geneva working with the UN, a move that was made possible through a Magnus Magnusson sponsorship award.

The Deacon Convenor of Trades House Glasgow, Ruth Maltman, the first female Deacon Convener since it began in 1605, presented the Scottish Builders Contractors Associate Scholarship award to Scott Green.

Alex Clark was given an Alumni Achievement Award on the night in recognition of his significant contribution to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

He said: “When I was told that I had received this prestigious award, I was surprised and delighted in equal measure. While I am the one receiving the award, for which I am extremely grateful, I have to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the University for creating the platform that enabled me to pursue my career goals.”

Alex studied GCU’s BSc Fire Risk Engineering programme. He quickly rose through the ranks in the fire service to take up several senior roles prior to becoming Acting Chief Fire Officer of Lothian and Borders in 2011, a post he held until the creation of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in 2013, where he was appointed Deputy Chief Officer.

Professor Iain Cameron, Dean of the School of Engineering and Built Environment, said: “We are delighted to hold this prize-giving event celebrating our student successes and thank the employers of our students for continuing to be our academic partners.

“We place employability at the top of our priorities and, in this respect, the involvement of industry as guest speakers, placement recruiters, facilitators of site visits, prize donors (to name but a few), is something we are tremendously grateful for, and proud of.

“I offer my own thanks to donors and academic staff for all their support and, of course, my heartfelt congratulations to all of the prize winners.”