Housebuilder helps university student access opportunity

Chairman Stewart Milne with RGU student Stephen Collins and development manager at RGU Foundation, Sarah Dingwall

STEWART Milne Group has lent a helping hand to an ambitious university student studying construction.

The independent housebuilder and timber systems manufacturer is supporting a Robert Gordon University (RGU) access scholarship, which has this year been awarded to Stephen Collins, 18, who is studying a BSc (Hons) in construction management.

Stephen, a pupil of Nairn Academy, worked two jobs in a bid to fund his further studies, and joined RGU after taking part in the Access to RGU programme. The £8,000 scholarship will enable Stephen to focus on his studies without financial stress and will also offer him a 15-week placement with Stewart Milne Homes North division.

Stephen commented, “I cannot thank Stewart Milne Group enough. Receiving the scholarship not only provides me with financial stability, but it also guarantees a work placement during my third year. This support allows me to come to university and focus on my work rather than thinking about how I can afford it. As a result, I can dedicate more time to my studies and less time worrying about the financial strain of living away from home.”

Sarah Dingwall, development manager at the RGU Foundation said, “We are grateful that Stewart Milne Group has chosen to support RGU in this way. By creating an access scholarship SMG have invested in a talented individual and in a commitment to widen access to higher education. The scholarship will allow for a student to reach their full potential regardless of their background or circumstance.”

The housebuilder has a mutually beneficial relationship with the university. Chairman, Stewart Milne, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in 2000 and the group made a significant donation towards the establishment of the RGU: Sport facilities on campus in 2005.

Stewart Milne Group has also offered placements to RGU students from various schools over the years and recently formed part of the technical expert team for the design of the new Graduate Apprenticeship in the Built Environment programme.

Stewart Milne, chairman of Stewart Milne Group added, “We are committed to attracting and retaining people to the construction industry.

“The RGU Scholarship levels the playing field for individuals. By providing financial support we can nurture and support the most promising students, regardless of their circumstances.”