Graduate wins prestigious research award
Tuesday 22 April 2008
Carl Fergusson has been awarded first prize for his Masters Dissertation in the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) International Research and Innovation Awards.
Carl, 44, graduated in February with a Masters Degree in Construction Project Management with Distinction from the University’s School of Engineering and the Built Environment (SEBE). He was also awarded the Dean’s Prize for the best Masters student in SEBE.
His award-winning dissertation examined sustainability in the UK highways sector.
Carl, a Senior Manager at Colas Ltd in Birmingham, will collect the Premier Award, which includes a £750 cheque and a commemorative medal, at a ceremony at the CIOB Headquarters in Ascot on Wednesday 14 May 2008.
Carl, from Wolverhampton, who is married with three children, said: “I am delighted to have won the CIOB’s prestigious international research award, particularly so soon after winning the Dean’s Prize for best SEBE Masters student.
“Completing the Masters course was challenging since I was doing it at the same time as working full time. Graduating with Distinction and winning these awards has made all the hard work worthwhile.”
Professor David Proverbs, Head of the Construction and Infrastructure department, said: “This is a highly important international competition that draws entries from all corners of the world. For Carl to be awarded first prize is excellent and will help to raise the profile of the department and of the University as a centre of excellence for construction education and research. I extend my congratulations to Carl and his supervisor, John Billingham, for the overall quality of the work on what is a highly topical and timely study.”
Picture: from left to right - Keith Potts, Carl Fergusson, Dr Rod Gameson, Prof David Proverbs and John Billingham.
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is the leading body for managers in the international construction industry.
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