University of Strathclyde students gain scholarship with major energy firm

(From left to right): New MSc student Kenneth MacSween celebrates his scholarship with Dr David McMillan, University of Strathclyde, Andy Lewin, SSE Renewables, and fellow awardee Skye Francis

SSE Renewables has awarded MSc scholarships to two students at the University of Strathclyde.

Skye Francis, 22, and Kenneth MacSween, 24, received the scholarships after being chosen from a number of prospective candidates.

Following the award, Skye is now embarking on an MSc in offshore wind energy while Kenneth is studying for an MSc in wind energy systems.

Skye said, “I’m so pleased to have been awarded this scholarship. Offshore wind is a growing industry and once I have completed my MSc, I want to work on one of the major projects either currently in construction or on the horizon. It is such an exciting time for offshore wind power and renewable energy in general.”

Kenneth added, “I’m focusing my studies on the developing technology which is used on wind farms. It is an area that is developing continually so it is an exciting time to be studying for this MSc. I’m really grateful to SSE Renewables for this support.”

Both students will be assigned a mentor from within SSE Renewables who will support them throughout their studies, providing a link to the industrial application of their learning and helping guide them through their MSc projects.

Andy Lewin, project director for floating wind at SSE Renewables, commented, “We’re building more offshore wind than anyone else in the world right now so we’re keen to make a commitment to the next generation of wind energy professionals who will undoubtedly make a valuable contribution to the burgeoning renewable energy sector.

“On a personal level, I am very pleased for SSE Renewables to be supporting Skye and Kenneth’s studies. It is great to see their enthusiasm and I have no doubt that they will do well in their future professional endeavours.”

Co-director of MSc offshore wind energy at the University of Strathclyde, Dr David MacMillan, added, “It is great to see SSE Renewables supporting two of our students in this way. We see Strathclyde playing a key role in the supply of outstanding graduates with the right mix of skills, ready to make their mark in the wind energy industry.

“We hope to continue building very strong links with our industrial partners to ensure that the next generation of wind projects are in good hands.”