Abertay’s longest-serving ethical hacking student will enjoy his final graduation from the university this week – having studied the subject for more than 10 years.
Scott Mitchell managed to do this while holding down a full-time job offshore.
The 33-year-old – who studied both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the university – works as a lead production technician for an oil company, and on a day-to-day basis is responsible for the upstream production of about 5% of the UK’s domestic gas.
He said: “Completing my degree full-time while working full-time was very challenging, but I think it was the best way to do it. I had to play catch-up constantly, and I never had a break but that helped motivate me throughout. The PhD was a completely different story.
“Studying part-time was extremely difficult while working full-time and there was more than one occasion on which I almost threw in the towel. Finally finishing has been the most surreal feeling, I don’t believe it.”
Even though he’s finished his studies, he plans to keep his relationship with Abertay alive.
He added: “I plan to remain engaged with Abertay and to continue my research there in a more relaxed capacity. I’ll also remain in my current position in the oil and gas industry.”