Bob, from Carluke, said: “It was hard at the time. Through my role with the NHS, I’d actually been setting up wards for COVID and COVID assessment centres, so I was well aware of what was going on in the Health Service. Work had been pretty hectic anyway, and then I ended up off work for seven weeks.”
During his recovery, Bob – who studied the BEng part-time alongside full-time work and raising a family – was granted extra time to complete his studies through the University’s extenuating circumstances process. Despite operating with one arm in a sling, he still managed to complete his university work – and was awarded a distinction.
Bob’s success ties in with National Graduates Day on 30 July. The campaign, organised by Universities UK, celebrates the successes of the Class of 2020, who have overcome more than most to get their hard-earned degrees.
For Bob, enrolling on the Engineering Management course in 2017 offered up the opportunity to enhance his career prospects.
He said: “In order to get a promotion at work, I had to get a degree. So I went to my employer and said, there’s this part-time degree, it’s a local uni, it’s engineering-based, is there any chance I can go do it? So my work funded it for myself and my colleague to go through it.”
Now at the end of his course, he’s beginning to apply for maintenance manager posts and take his career to the next level.
“Through my degree, I got lots of good insight into manufacturing engineering, and a lot of that can come across to my role as a maintenance manager,” he explained. “I also got a Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification during my time at the University, which is a management qualification – that’s really good. That’s an extra qualification to add to my CV."