Alumnus Awarded Highly Commended Mentor Award

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Civil Engineering graduate Robert Robertson, Senior Site Agent with Balfour Beatty has been recognised through the Scottish Mentoring Network for a Highly Commended Mentor Award for his role as an industry mentor to engineering students on the University’s Employer Mentoring Programme.

Robert who graduated in 2004 from the Paisley Campus has given his time and commitment as a mentor to the programme since 2017.  With his background in civil engineering and project management, Robert has supported students in their career progression and been influential in encouraging his colleagues from Balfour Beatty to give their time to support work related learning initiatives for UWS students.

Some feedback from students that Robert has mentored include:

“I feel great after this meeting. Robert was extremely helpful and very pro-active in helping me make my CV as good as it could possibly be.”

“Our last meeting went very well because I got to do a mock interview with my mentor and his colleague to prepare me for my summer placements.”

“I feel like I got a great insight into the different areas that a Civil Engineer can go into and how different they can be.”

The UWS Employer Mentoring Programme supports second, third and fourth year students from all disciplines to gain insight to industry and develop their employability skills with the support of an industry professional.

Since its commencement in 2012, the project has supported 346 students to be matched with an industry mentor, with a further 62 students this academic year currently being supported.

The next intake for students for the UWS Employer Mentoring Programme will commence in October 2020.

For more details on the project please email lynsey.mcmahon@uws.ac.uk – Careers Team

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