2022-23 Awards

In 2022-23 the total amount awarded for the academic year was £18 200.

Ewan Hamilton, fifth year Aeronautical Engineering | £300 for the automation of propulsion and navigation of a wheelchair, allowing the user to determine the best route for their wheelchair, using electronic components

GU Rocketry
Rocketry were working on four different launches – one at the end of June 2023 at the Mach-23 competition and the others in August during International Rocket Week.
Chaos is the Junior Development Programmes rocket from the 2021-22 academic year, and members from that team are already working on  flagship projects in 2023
Saltire-2, which GU68 supported in previous years, has been repaired following its abruptly terminated maiden flight and is ready again for launch
Eligius contains a sustainability focused payload that monitors CO2 levels produced by cattle
Finally the flagship rocket for the 2022-23 year, Saltire-3, is in the process of being built. The application to take it to the European Rocketry Challenge held in Portugal was unsuccessful as the category was  oversubscribed, so it is hoped to carry out the project on home soil
GU68 was invited to become GU Rocketry’s Propulsion Sponsor for the year and made an award of £2 250

Adam White, fifth year Aeronautical Engineering | £600 for the development of a Control System and the Electrical Power System to automatically manage the attitude of a CubeSat nanosatellite

GU Orbit, a multi-disciplinary society were awarded £1 500 towards their work on the ‘CloudView’ mission, developing an Electrical Power System and an Attitude Determination Control System for CubeSat, aiming to establish Glasgow as a place that allows open-source space research

UGRacing have been designing and building racing cars over several years, which they enter in the Formula Student competitions. Last year, they won the IMechE’s Formula Student UK Competition, becoming only the third UK team and first Scottish team in history to do so. They are currently working on three vehicles – an electric car to be entered in Formula Student UK23, a driverless car and concept design of an electric driverless car.
Following a visit by GU68 trustees to their workshop, an award of £7 500 was made

Michael Gartside, MEng Product Design Engineering | £250 towards a project which recognised that the modern world cannot simply do away with plastic packaging. His project aimed to develop a way of compacting plastic packaging, to reduce its volume and thus interest small businesses, which pay for waste disposal by volume rather than weight

Sam Rice, MEng Product Design Engineering | £700 for a videography process using several cameras filming concurrently to create a volumetric video, which allows users to navigate their filmed 3D scene and emulate camera movement virtually, allowing the motion to be altered post filming

Reece Kelly, Andrew Rollo and James Fox, MEng Electronics and Electrical Engineering | £500 to improve the operation and maintenance of wind turbine blades, by using a Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave radar to monitor imperfections during manufacturing and operation throughout a wind turbine’s lifecycle

Tara Duggan, James Campbell, Jake Beveridge and Ross McKeown, MEng Electronics | £600 to design, build and calibrate an automated liquid-handling workstation to be deployed within a lab setting, which should be more accurate than handling pipettes by human hand, but cheaper than existing automated systems

Matthew Cooke, Mark Harley, James Campbell and Angus Campbell, MEng Electronics and Software Engineering | £250 to design and build a free space optical communications system using light to transfer data through free space rather than using cables or sound, allowing the user to connect a computer with an ethernet cable, so the system will act as if it is a single continuous ethernet cable.

60 civil engineering students attending the ConstructionEd field course in May 2023 spent a week on a training site, building concrete structures supervised by professional staff seconded from industry. The students expressed enthusiastically how much value they got from the course, which was the first exposure to practical construction for most of them
Amount awarded: £4 500 in total. The University also supports the course financially