Martin Meszaros

Computing

HND Cyber Security

“I really have so much to thank NESCol for. I’m sure it is an experience that will have a positive impact throughout my life.”

Martin Meszaros was presented with the SQA Award for Aberdeen City Campus at the recent NESCol Graduation Ceremonies. His lecturer said, “As well as being a top student, Martin is a huge asset to the college and a very worthy winner of this award. He achieved A grades in both his first and second year graded units during his HND in Cyber Security. He also succeeded in the online heats of the World Skills IT Support Technician Competition and will go on to compete in the national finals in Blackpool. During his course, Martin worked on the NESCol Student IT Helpdesk supporting students across the college with any IT issues they had and also helped out at CodeCraft, a Saturday club designed to introduce children to programming using Minecraft. He also volunteers to help with visits to the college by school pupils.”

Martin said, “I see this award as a symbol of hard work – not just my own but the hard work of my classmates who raised the bar high, pushing me to my limits in order to prove myself. It also demonstrates the hard work of the whole computing department who always showed incredible support towards our ideas and helped us understand the technology we used in class even better. They gave us challenges to think outside the box and they also brought industry experience to their teaching which was extremely useful, because we could see how our subject could be applied to real life scenarios. They also took the time to introduce us to specialist equipment and prepared us well for competitions. Having the chance to work on the IT Helpzone was my first opportunity to work in IT, which I think will give me an advantage over graduate students who may apply for jobs without any experience. I really have so much to thank NESCol for, I could be here all day. The respect I received throughout the years I spent here from the lecturers, other staff, fellow students and contracted staff is absolutely overwhelming. I’m sure it is an experience that will have a positive impact throughout my life.”

Martin has now progressed to the third year of a degree in Cyber Security with Network Management at Robert Gordon University through a 2+2 partnership between the institutions.