Rhys scores touchdown with RGU degree

Portlethen's Rhys Elmslie

Portlethen's Rhys Elmslie

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A Portlethen American Football player is celebrating his most recent success after graduating from Robert Gordon University (RGU).

Rhys Elmslie (21) graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Forensic and Analytical Science from His Majesty’s Theatre on Thursday, July 16.

The former Portlethen Academy pupil was first attracted to the course due to its hands on approach to laboratory work and his love of science.

Rhys said: “It’s a fantastic achievement to graduate from RGU and is something I am very proud of. A lot of time and effort goes in to studying for a degree so it’s not something that can be entered in to lightly.”

Sport played a big part in Rhys’s time at University. He was a member of the RGU Badminton team and ever since his first year has played as a Wide Receiver for The Aberdeen Roughnecks, an American Football team.

Rhys, who enjoyed chemistry at school, applied to study Forensic and Analytical Science as the course allowed him to develop his science skills and take part in mock criminal investigations.

He said: “The course allows you to get an overall view on the work a forensic scientist does on a day to day basis.

“The crime scenes proved to be a very enjoyable experience, despite being assessed. No one in forensics could get through the course without mentioning their moot court appearance. It was unlike anything else we have done before but was an enjoyable experience that we all learned a lot from.”

Now that he has graduated, Rhys plans to pursue a career in the science sector.

He said: “My immediate goal is to work in a chemistry laboratory. The good thing about the course was that there was plenty of experience and work involving general chemistry which means the skills can be applied in a number of different ways.”

Rhys now feels that after living and studying in Aberdeen, he would like to move from the north-east to gain new experiences.

He said: “I think it’s time to move elsewhere in the UK or potentially abroad depending on what job opportunities are out there. I know that my degree from RGU will stand me in good stead whatever I choose to do next.”