The annual School of Engineering and Built Environment prize-giving ceremony celebrated outstanding academic achievement last night (June 23).

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, Building Surveying, 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 75 awards.

The big winner on the night was BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying graduate Ryan McPherson, who was awarded four prizes. He took home Chartered Institute of Building Certificate of Excellence Prize to Top Honours Student (FT); the David Avery Prize for Best Performance in Cost Studies; the McLaughlin & Harvey Construction Prize for Top Value and Risk Appraisal Student; and the Turner & Townsend Prize for Top Final Year Student in BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying.

And it was fitting that, on National Women in Engineering Day, 18 of the key award winners were female students.

Keynote speaker on the night was Jim Cochrane, sponsor of GCU’s Centre for Built Environment Asset Management (BEAM), which was established in 2014.

He said: “The harder you work, the luckier you will become in your career. Have the courage to make decisions for yourselves. GCU is a fantastic platform for you – but your future is now in your hands.”

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.

“As we continuously strive to enhance our students' employability prospects, this year we brought prize-giving forward to June, before summer graduation. This allowed students to promote their successes prior to entering the job market and offered a networking opportunity for all students seeking summer employment.

“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.”