A group that helps aspiring engineers get into the oil and gas industry is staging two events at universities in Aberdeen later this month.
Oil and gas industry professionals should consider additional academic qualifications as a form of insurance in an uncertain industry, according to the head of Robert Gordon University’s MBA course.
Mexico is looking to harness the experience and wisdom of the mature North Sea oil and gas basin as the country pushes forward with energy reforms.
It’s that time of the year again when the likes of BP and Shell report their annual results. With BP and Shell alone representing roughly 20% of all the dividends paid in the FTSE100, the results of both companies are normally eagerly awaited.
An augmented reality system will be developed for use in the oil and gas industry after a cash boost from two Scottish innovation centres.
Researchers from the Robert Gordon University have won more than £160,000 in funding from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to support the the establishment of a South East Asia Marine Energy Centre (SEAMEC) in Indonesia.
Determined to help their peers and in partnership with their university, RGU’s Alumni Council, made up of RGU graduate volunteers, is organising a 'free-of-charge' event for all RGU alumni and/or family members of alumni who have been made redundant or are at risk of redundancy.
A north-east university has teamed up with an oil and gas data specialist to launch a new course as demand for information management grows despite the decline in oil prices.
A call to action from the UK Government to form a clear government policy on Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) in the North Sea has been made.
A leading renewables expert said “sooner or later” companies will have no choice but to shift their position on green energy. Dr Alan Owen, a director for the Centre for Understanding Sustainability in Practice (CUSP) at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, spoke to Energy Voice after it was revealed the UK’s biggest energy lobbying group said it would start campaigning for low-carbon alternatives.
The University and College Union (UCU) has warned that cutting staff numbers at Robert Gordon University will threaten teaching quality and undermine efforts to recruit more students.
An IT expert from Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University (RGU) has taken part in an international conference highlighting how oil and gas companies can better protect themselves from cyber threats.
The size and shape of offshore workers in the North Sea oil and gas industry has been found to be "a lot bigger" than two decades ago, according to new research.
Researchers are developing software to dramatically cut maintenance costs for offshore wind turbines. With tough North Sea conditions, a large percentage of lifetime outgoings for offshore windfarms are associated with maintenance.
Sir Ian Wood’s analysis in 2012 that the North Sea industry was not viable when Brent crude was $114 a barrel and that drastic action had to be taken to save the industry is a sobering thought.
Two Robert Gordon University (RGU) graduates have set up their own company specialising in developing innovative underwater products for the energy industry. Ben Grant, 30, who studied electrical and electronic engineering and Alastair McLennan-Murray, 31, an artificial intelligence and robotics graduate, set up Impact Subsea in February, around the time that oil prices hit rock bottom prior to what turned out to be a small and temporary partial recovery. Impact Subsea offers products and solutions to oil & gas, offshore renewables and scientific markets. Its products are used on remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles and in “stand-alone” applications. Given the nature of what they offer, the hope is that they can exploit the current crisis.
Robert Gordon University (RGU) and the Mexican Government said yesterday they had agreed to an oil and gas industry knowledge swap. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was announced at Offshore Europe in Aberdeen and follows Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s visit to the Granite City in March. Under the pact, the Mexican energy ministry and RGU will share information and seek opportunities to support the training of Mexicans for the oil and gas industry. RGU will be included on the list of preferred universities for Mexican scholarships.
In February last year, the formal launch of OGAS (established 2012) took place at the Scottish Parliament, where its fresh-out-of-the-box director, Rulzion Rattray, outlined the potential and new opportunities made available through the formation of the academy.
The principal of Robert Gordon University (RGU) has confirmed the institution’s commitment to investing in fossil fuels after he drew criticism for urging others not to divest. Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski said a trend for universities to divest their investment in fossil fuel companies risked sending the “wrong message” about the “responsible use of energy”. The professor was under fire from green campaigners after a letter he wrote to fellow higher education principals urging them to resist divestment campaigns was leaked to a newspaper. Dr Richard Dixon, director of Friends of the Earth Scotland claimed the university was “coming at this from an area of vested interest” in its support for fossil fuels.
Offshore workers have undergone a sizeable change in body shape and build over the past 30 years –partly due to “comfort eating”. Research by Robert Gordon University has concluded that offshore workers are an average 19% heavier than they were in 1985 – with significant growth in neck, chest, hip, waist and wrist sizes.
Three UK institutions are working to develop enough electricity to power two universities. The Crown Estate, Aberdeen University and The Robert Gordon University (RGU) are to carry out a project that will produce enough energy for two universities.
A north-east oil and gas academic has called for energy policy to be fully devolved to Scotland with all revenues flowing to Holyrood. In a submission to the Smith Commission, Alex Russell argued the Scottish Parliament should also have control over the fiscal and regulatory regime for “all economic activity” both onshore and in the North Sea. Professor Russell, an expert in petroleum accounting at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, said devolving more financial powers north of the border would encourage future growth.
Travel offshore will be business as usual, according to Step Change and Safety's Les Linklater.
Robert Gordon University (RGU) will launch a new technology centre focused on cultivating data analytics for the oil and gas sector.
A senior north-east lecturer has joined the Energy Institute’s council.