It is June so that means just two things, poor weather and the TSA Survey Course Graduation Day.
It does not seem possible that it was twelve months ago that I was in Worcester presenting the TSA Best Student prize at the end of the two year course. Where has the time gone? This year I had the pleasure of presenting the award to Phil Tett of RPS Group. The award is given to the student who has not only achieved high marks in all areas but who has also acted in a professional and dedicated way through the duration of the course. The award is jointly presented with Leica and Phil Wright, MD of Leica, presented Phil Tett with the Leica shield. The winner also receives a cheque enabling him to replenish his bank account after what seems to have been a very good final night out for the students.
It is especially pleasing when a member of staff from a TSA member wins the award. When the course started in 2001 it was envisaged that it would fill a need mainly for TSA members. The latest course contained students from seven non TSA companies including one from Ireland and four from Abu Dhabi. It is great to see that the course has become international and one of the students from Abu Dhabi told me that they were willing to go anywhere to study surveying but that the TSA course in Worcester was the only suitable one that they could find in the whole world. A great recommendation for the course which continues to provide excellent training through the auspices of Andrew Crumpler. The course is still evolving as it needs to keep up with all the recent technology changes and to ensure that students are well prepared for surveying in the 21st century.
The next courses, 32 and 33, are nearly full and include more students from Abu Dhabi. Although numbers declined a couple of years ago as a result of the recession, it is great to report that numbers are almost back up to their previous levels. Long may it continue.
Sincere thanks from TSA go to The Survey School staff for their dedication to the cause and to Georgia Rowley for organising such an enjoyable day.