Success Stories

QC placement for QMU Graduate

Euan, who is 10 months into his graduate placement, tells us about his dream role as a Quality Control Scientist.

Published: 19/12/2016

Euan McKechnie, from Glasgow, initially studied Human Biology for 2 years before switching to Applied Pharmacology in his 3rd year at Queen Margaret University. He graduated with a 2.1 BSc (Hons) in July 2015.

Euan was looking forward to being able to apply the knowledge and skills he gained at university in a professional atmosphere. He was also keen to learn other techniques and further his understanding of pharmaceutical production and testing. In February 2016, Euan was delighted to secure the role of Quality Control Scientist with Ferring Controlled Therapeutics Ltd through ScotGrad. This pharmaceutical manufacturing, research and development company based in East Kilbride, near Glasgow, supplies novel products to a worldwide market. 

Euan told us, “This is my first full time graduate-level role and it has taught me an awful lot about what it is like to work professionally within the field that I studied for four years at university. My previous experience in a laboratory environment at university meant I was well equipped for my role at Ferring. My role involves testing the Ferring product at every stage of production; from the potency and impurity analysis of the initial raw materials to the testing of final packaging to ensure all necessary criteria are met.

My interest in analytical chemistry, combined with my keen eye for detail and desire to further my knowledge and ability in my role, have helped me to have a positive impact on my department. This in turn has enabled my department to deal better with deadlines. My role has also given me a wealth of experience; I have learned and become competent in a wide variety of analytical testing techniques and QC procedures.”

Euan told us that he applied for his placement after a previous colleague recommended ScotGrad to him. He said the placement appealed to him as, “The opportunity for trainee work in chemistry can be very tough to come across; the location and size of the company were also factors that appealed to me.”

Euan offered advice to prospective ScotGrad Associates. He said, “I would definitely recommend the programme to anyone else who has recently graduated as getting graduate level experience can be extremely hard and ScotGrad has a huge variety of graduate placements available.

I also found that the training opportunities ScotGrad recommended very beneficial – a course I attended earlier this year provided a great opportunity to meet other graduates who were in a similar position to me. We also learned how to be most effective in our roles.”


Well done Euan on your achievements!

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