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Two brothers from Ayrshire who undertook the MBA programme whilst working full-time have graduated together recently at University of the West of Scotland’s (UWS) graduation ceremony in Hamilton.

Brothers Craig and Ross Paterson, from the village of Monkton in South Ayrshire, both now live in Prestwick and are long-standing employees for UTC Aerospace Systems.

Craig (39), who is Lead Mechanic at UTC, commented: “Having my brother Ross do the same course at the same time proved very valuable; we were essentially sparring partners, having countless discussions, providing each other with moral support, guidance and reassurance.”

In deciding to choose the UWS MBA programme, Ross (37), said: “We are in a fortunate position that our company offers a funded scholarship programme. Both of us have high career aspirations and sought this course out and successfully applied through the funded employee scholarship programme at UTC.”

“Having my brother Ross do the same course at the same time proved very valuable; we were essentially sparring partners, having countless discussions, providing each other with moral support, guidance and reassurance.”
Craig Paterson

Starting in September 2016 the Paterson brothers attended the MBA programme part-time for two years and found the balance of holding down a full-time job and studying a challenge – further amplified by Craig’s partner giving birth ten days prior to starting the course and Ross’s wife also giving birth prior to the start of his dissertation. Craig: “At first, as with any change, it seemed pretty daunting; however, I soon came to realise that time management, planning and adaptability were the biggest keys to successfully navigating this course.”

And would the brothers recommend the MBA programme at UWS?

“Absolutely! Coming from a technical background, this course has definitely honed my business acumen with a variety of skills learned and personal traits confirmed.” said Craig.

“Yes, I would definitely recommend the MBA to anyone who wants to further their career.” said Ross. “I was a mechanic/inspector when I started the MBA, however, I was seconded to the Continuous Improvement Team 3 months ago and was offered the position of Continuous Improvement Facilitator on a permanent basis from the 1st November which I accepted. The MBA has definitely given me the opportunity to progress my career within UTC.”

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of UWS, said: “We’re delighted studying at UWS turned out to be a family affair for the Paterson brothers, and we’d like to congratulate them on their graduation from our MBA programme.

“Craig and Ross are another great example of the many routes our students take into higher education, and that at UWS, the support is there to enable university life to fit around our students’ existing career and family commitments. A huge well done must go to the brothers and we wish them continued success.”

 

“Craig and Ross are another great example of the many routes our students take into higher education, and that at UWS, the support is there to enable university life to fit around our students’ existing career and family commitments"
Professor Craig Mahoney
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