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Darren Donaldson

An Abertay University civil engineering student is preparing to go onto a Master's degree after a summer of work experience in structural design.

Darren Donaldson will graduate this summer after his time at Abertay provided an “excellent perspective and great opportunities”.

Four years ago, the 21-year-old from Fife was accepted onto the University’s Bsc (Hons) Civil Engineering course, which was ranked top in Scotland and sixth in the UK by the prestigious Guardian Good University Guide 2018 this year.

Darren said his passion for building started from a young age, with a particular interest in bridge construction having grown up close to iconic global landmark, the Forth Rail Bridge.

“Abertay's course uniquely works to prepare you for becoming a Civil Engineer, with a range of practical modules and activities - from the Constuctionarium event to placements with a wide range of construction companies,” said the former Canmore Primary School and Dunfermline High School pupil.

He added: “The course has given me an excellent perspective and great opportunities to learn how civil engineers operate from a professional real world standpoint, rather than only learning the theory.”

Darren has already started a summer studentship for Sweco’s bridges department  in Edinburgh, where he completed a third year work placement.

Next year he plans to develop his skills further by undertaking a Masters degree.

Darren said: “My family and friends they are very proud of me and my achievements at Abertay.”