Signing of memorandum starts effort to tackle energy and education issues


A SCOTTISH university has joined forces with a global consulting and engineering company to tackle key challenges facing the transitioning energy sector through a mix of research, skills development, academic/industry discourse, and new initiatives.

Aberdeen based Robert Gordon University (RGU) and Wood, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). 

The memorandum has been signed with an aim to look at ways of addressing challenges and crafting solutions which the two firms hope will benefit the wider industry and Higher Education.

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Photo by RGU. The organisations co-created and co-delivered their first event through a Student Innovation Challenge.

In a Student Innovation Challenge students developed innovative ideas and proposals for attracting and retaining an inclusive and diverse workforce for the future. 

The initiative involved Wood Executives, with the inaugural Wood RGU Innovation Challenge trophy awarded to the team of students who delivered the most impactful proposal.

Donella Beaton, Associate Vice Principal for Business and Economic Development at RGU, commented: “We are delighted to announce the RGU-Wood Partnershipthe result of many in-depth discussions, recognising the alignment of vision and approach of our two organisations. 

The MOU is an important milestone, but even more important is the journey that has already commenced as illustrated through the Student Innovation Challenge focused on diversity and inclusion and other developing initiatives.”

Craig ShanagheyWood’s President for Operations across Europe, Middle East, and Africasaid: “This MOU represents the beginning of a pivotal partnership that enables both Wood and RGU to leverage the strength and knowledge of the other organisation, collaborating to develop bold ideas and new ways of working to solve the challenges faced by both the energy industry and higher education.

I was really impressed by the calibre of solutions delivered by the students at the first Innovation Challenge, it left me inspired and excited as we focus on continuing to create a great working environment, where everyone can be themselves and achieve their full potential. 

“I look forward to working with RGU to build upon the success of our first event through future projects and challenges.