A quantity surveying graduate has become the first student to be awarded a new prize in memory of a former chairman of Grampian Housing Association.
Jack Graham, who graduated from Robert Gordon University with a first-class honours degree, was presented with the David Young Memorial Prize this month at a ceremony at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment.
The prize, sponsored by Grampian Housing Association, is in memory of its former chairman and board member David Young, who died last year.
The prize, along with a £50 book token, will be awarded annually to the student who completes the best surveying integrative-studies project.
Mr Graham, who is originally from Edinburgh and now works for Talisman Sinopec in Aberdeen, said: “This module provided a challenging aspect of the quantity surveying course, simulating professional practice in producing a feasibility study for a commercial development in Aberdeen.
“It wasn’t until waiting in line at the graduation ceremony that I found out I had been awarded the prize, so it was an added bonus on the day and I was delighted to formally receive it last night.”
Malcolm McNeil, Grampian Housing Association’s director of corporate services, said: “We congratulate Jack Graham on his success and thought this was an appropriate way to mark David Young’s contribution to Grampian Housing Association over many years.
“With his professional background in surveying, David was always challenging but was an encouragement to staff and helped them to realise their potential. He was committed to making service improvements for the benefit of our tenants.”
Grampian Housing Association’s current chairman is Gordon Edwards, former corporate services director at Aberdeen City Council, who was appointed for a second year following the association’s recent annual meeting. Keith Jones has been reappointed vice-chairman.