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RGU student awarded David Young Memorial Prize

Prize given in memory of its former Chair and Board Member David Young.

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A quantity surveying graduate of Robert Gordon University has been awarded an annual prize in memory of a former chair of Grampian Housing Association.

James Valentine, who now lives and works in Edinburgh, was presented with the David Young Memorial Prize at a prize giving ceremony at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment on Tuesday 7 November 7.

Sponsored by Grampian Housing Association, the prize is in memory of its former Chair and Board Member David Young, who passed away in 2013.

The prize is awarded annually to the student who completes the best surveying integrative studies project.

James received his prize from Grampian Housing Association’s Chief Executive Neil Clapperton at the ceremony, which was held at the university’s Garthdee campus.  

Course leader Dr Michael Dignan said:

“James has improved every year and this continued into his final year, where he really found his feet and excelled. This culminated in an excellent piece of project work in his final semester.

“He was awarded the prize in recognition of his continued improvement that led to excellence.”

Neil Clapperton said:

“I was delighted to attend the prize giving ceremony to present the award to James, who is a very deserving recipient.

“Grampian Housing Association is proud to support this award, which is presented each year in memory of our former colleague David Young.

“David was a professional surveyor who always encouraged staff and helped them realise their potential, while continuously improving services for our tenants.”

With more than 3,500 homes under management and a turnover of £18million, Grampian Housing Association is a leading provider of housing and related services across the three local authority areas in the north-east of Scotland.

Pictured: (from left to right) James Valentine is presented with his award by Grampian Housing Association Chief Executive Neil Clapperton.