The Peter MacConnell Memorial Prize

The Peter MacConnell Memorial Prize

During your time at the University of Aberdeen School of Engineering, many of you will have been taught by Dr Peter MacConnell, who sadly passed away in 2011. All who knew him will remember him as a dedicated academic and an outstanding teacher and supporter of students.

As a tribute to this inspiring academic, Peter’s family launched The Peter MacConnell Memorial Prize by which to remember him and honour his contributions to the Engineering Department and the University.  And now to mark the 10th anniversary of his passing, a memorial bench has been unveiled on Elphinstone Lawn, offering an opportunity for staff, students, local residents and visitors alike to take time out to pause and reflect. You are very welcome to visit this bench the next time you are on campus and to take a moment to reflect on Peter and his legacy.

Professor Thomas O'Donoghue, Michael MacConnell, Celine MacConnell and Professor Ekaterina Pavlovskaia

Peter MacConnell Memorial Prize

The Peter MacConnell Memorial Prize has been supported by the generous donations of Peter’s family, friends, students, and colleagues and not only reflects his area of expertise but also his passion for supporting students.

This prize is a much cherished and appreciated way to further encourage students to aim for the best grades they possibly can.  The benefits of winning this meaningful accolade will far surpass a students’ time at university and sets the scene for their further education, employment opportunities and all future endeavours.

If you would like to support the Peter MacConnell Memorial Prize you can find further information below.  The Prize is awarded annually to the undergraduate student in Electrical and Electronic Engineering who obtains the highest overall marks for the third year of their course.

Peter brought a wonderful personal touch and friendly approach to everything he did, which was hugely appreciated by students and colleagues alike.  A conversation with Peter invariably ended with laughter; it raised one’s spirits and you were glad to have chatted with him. And I’m sure that is how many of you will remember Peter: a wonderful teacher who left you smiling.

Peter is greatly missed by all who had the opportunity to know and work with him, and with your support, The Peter MacConnell Memorial Prize will help to ensure that the work which he was so passionate about can continue.

Click the link below to give to the The Peter MacConnell Memorial Prize (external website)

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