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By Rachel Smart

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From left: Rogan Nussey and Tom David. Picture: UHI
From left: Rogan Nussey and Tom David. Picture: UHI

A student from the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) has been awarded with an industry-backed scholarship bursary aimed at nurturing engineering talent and helping the next generation of renewable leaders into the clean energy industry.

Rogan Nussey (19) a second-year Electrical and Mechanical Engineering student at UHI Inverness will receive a bursary worth £5,000 having emerged as a successful candidate for the prestigious Future Leaders Fund award which is backed by renewable industry leaders Fred. Olsen Seawind and Vattenfall.

Tom David (31) a first year HNC Engineering Systems student studying at UHI North, West and Hebrides Thurso campus has also received the award.

The Future Leaders’ Fund is UHI’s largest ever scholarship bursary fund and aims to retain high-achieving and talented engineering students in the Highlands and Islands - helping to build pathways for students from their academic studies into future work opportunities. The fund, worth £10,000 per academic year, is now in its second year, with Fred. Olsen Renewables and Vattenfall supporting the next generation of engineering talent by committing the funding to 2042.

Alongside the financial backing the students will receive via the fund, the Muir Mhòr Offshore Wind Farm project team also provides informal mentoring, advice, and the opportunity to undertake work experience during their summer break - an opportunity which was taken up by Rogan.

Rogan Nussey said: “I’m delighted to be receiving the Future Leaders Fund for my second year of studies at UHI. The award has already opened up big opportunities for me, including a 10-week placement with the Muir Mhòr Offshore Wind Farm in summer 2023, where I gained experience across all engineering packages and understanding of highly innovative floating offshore wind systems. This experience has been invaluable to my studies and my onward career ambitions.”

Andy Hynd, technical interface manager at Muir Mhòr Offshore Wind Farm, said: “We are delighted to support the Future Leaders Fund into its second year, nurturing engineering talent in the Highlands and Islands, and extend our hearty congratulations to Tom and Rogan as worthy recipients of the funding award.

“It is initiatives such as the Future Leaders Fund that establish links between academia and industry which will help us to develop the engineers of the future who are so vital to Scotland’s energy transition and future economy. It’s great news that in our delivery of highly innovative renewables projects such as Muir Mhòr Offshore Wind Farm we can support the next generation who will take that innovation to the next level.”

Alison Wilson, director of economic development and advancement at UHI added: “We are extremely grateful to Fred. Olsen Seawind and Vattenfall for their commitment to making a difference to our region and supporting UHI to provide incredible opportunities like these for our students.

“Tom and Rogan are worthy recipients, and excellent examples of the growing number of young people who see a bright future in the north of Scotland, and who UHI want to encourage to study and develop their careers here with support like this from global companies in growth sectors.

“Fred. Olsen Seawind and Vattenfall truly have engaged with us as long-term industry partners and it's a privilege to be working alongside them to create an engineering talent pipeline that will enable the renewable energy sector to flourish over the decades to come.”

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