Lorraine Starrs

The annual School of Engineering and Built Environment prize giving ceremony celebrated the achievements of outstanding students.

Graduates, students and academics from across the School joined industry leaders and professional institutions to recognise the success of more than 80 award-winning students.

First class BSc Honours graduate in Construction Management Lorraine Starrs, from Cumbernauld, received three awards - the best BSc student in Built Environment, sponsored by The KAR Construction Scholarship programme, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) graduate prize, and the Scottish Building Contractors prize, sponsored by Trades House of Glasgow.

Lorraine said: “The leadership and guidance I received from GCU and my employers, Glasgow Housing Association, was vital and helped me to combine the demands of study with work and family life. I was promoted twice while completing the degree and the course aided that process.

“The programme combined commercial and specific industry issues. Coming from within industry, I felt part-time students were able to contribute and share a practical understanding with fellow students.”

Juggling her full-time position at GHA with the demands of studying wasn’t the only consideration that Lorraine had when coming to University. She was following her son Calum, who at 16 was studying Quantity Surveying at GCU.

She said: “I often sat behind Calum in exams as we were taking some of the same classes, and the mother in me would think, ‘why he has finished so early? He should be using these last minutes to check over and gain extra marks’.”

The prize giving ceremony recognised success in Construction Management, Quantity Surveying, Property Management, Civil, Mechanical, Electronic and Environmental programmes, Gaming, Cyber, Software and Computer Systems Engineering, and Digital Security.

To commemorate the late Harry Madden’s invaluable contribution to the building surveying profession, the Harry Madden Memorial Prize for Best Building Surveying student was awarded to Joe Shaldon. The trophy and medal was kindly sponsored by Trident Building Consultancy Ltd and presented by Director, Stewart Rutherford.

The annual event is supported by national, international and global businesses who provided sponsorship and awards, including IBM, Morgan Stanley Cebarco, Turner & Townsend, Balfour Beatty and Historic Scotland.

Sir Muir Russell, former Principal of The University of Glasgow, delivered the after dinner speech during which he urged prize winners to seize opportunities available to them and to take pride in Scotland’s rich education heritage.

Professor Douglas Greenhalgh, Executive Dean of the School of Engineering and Built Environment, addressed the prize winners.

He said: “Technology is changing the way we do things in society and as a university. For engineers, the pinnacle of achievement is to solve problems, and our graduates are ready to face these challenges in an increasingly digital world.”

You can get the full list of winners by downloading the event brochure and view photographs on Flickr