Adam Littlejohn is an incorporated member of the Chartered Institute of Building and has worked for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution since 2001. He is responsible for providing building and civil engineering support to the Institution's built assets in the South division which includes 35 lifeboat stations and a number of institutional operational facilities along the south coast and Channel Islands.
"When applying for the Construction Engineering Masterís programme I was instantly attracted by the aim of the course, which was to be unique, and to "Revolutionise the construction sector by educating leaders to break down the traditional barriers and transform the future of the industry". In my mind there is no doubt that this programme continually strives and offers the tools to its students to do just that."
The Chartered Institute of Building's Tony Gage Scholarship is a prestigious bursary worth up to £10,000 which is awarded to candidates selected as future leaders in construction. This award is specifically aimed at professionals employed by a UK contractor - individuals who demonstrate the potential to steer the course of the industry, embrace change and display leadership qualities.
As a recipient of the award, Adam is currently mid-way through the Engineering Department's two-year Construction Engineering Masters programme and speaks about his experience to date:
"In April I attended my third residential week of the year with the Engineering Department at Queens College. The Construction Engineering Masters programme is intense but incredibly educational and the level and quality of the lectures and speakers has been unquestionable. During each residential week a course theme is identified and the lectures of the week focus on topics surrounding the theme. After the presentation of each topic we individually, or as a small group, are asked to present our findings or thoughts relating to the topic.
"The programme is graded on four individual pieces of writing, one 5000 word case study, two 3000 word essays and a final 15000 word thesis. I am thoroughly enjoying being part of this exciting programme and looking forward to the next 12 months.
"When applying for this programme I was instantly attracted by the aim of the course, which was to be unique, and to "Revolutionise the construction sector by educating leaders to break down the traditional barriers and transform the future of the industry". In my mind there is no doubt that this programme continually strives and offers the tools to its students to do just that.
"I am thankful to the trustees of the Tony Gage Scholarship and the Chartered Institute of Building for the opportunity to take part in this unique programme."
The Tony Gage Scholarship is based on a legacy given by Mr A. G. Gage to The Chartered Institute of Building to provide a post graduate student bursary. Tony Gage was employed by Higgs & Hill Plc for nearly fifty years and was for many years a project manager in the UK and overseas. Subsequently he became a director of Higgs & Hill Civil Engineering. A significant part of his later career was dedicated to training young people and leading management development in this group.
Further details of the scholarship can be found here.