MSc funding worth thousands of pounds available through Piper Alpha scholarships

Opito chief executive John McDonald

Scholars are in with a chance of winning thousands of pounds worth of funding to study safety in the oil and gas industry.

Oil and gas skills body Opito is offering two Piper Alpha Memorial Scholarships worth £6,000 each.

The funding is available to candidates undertaking any of Aberdeen University’s year-long, safety engineering MSc programmes.

Professor Igor Guz, head of the university’s engineering school, said: “This is the first time that the Opito Piper Alpha Memorial MSc Safety Scholarships have been offered across our full range of safety engineering MSc programmes, and we are grateful to Opito for their continued support.

“As we approach the 30th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster, safety remains one of the most important areas of focus for the oil and gas industry.

“Our Masters degrees reflect the continuing high demand for specialist knowledge, and by working alongside our industrial partners our graduates receive a comprehensive grounding in all aspects of safety engineering, from technical and regulatory, to human factors.

Opito chief executive John McDonald said: “Any accident offshore reminds us that this industry operates in some of the harshest, most hostile, and therefore hazardous environments for workers in the world.

“Bringing a consistent approach to basic safety training remains the focus for Opito and it’s essential that the next generation have opportunities like the Piper Alpha Memorial Scholarships to pursue fresh, meaningful ideas.

“We look forward to seeing what safety practices the Masters students who are applying plan to research.”