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Former Warsash cadet, Bari Khan, has been awarded the Marine Society's Life Long Learning Award. Bari was presented with the award at the Marine Society’s Annual Court in October in recognition of his progress and future academic ambition. The Annual Court also hosted the Trainee Officer of the Year award, presented to another former Warsash cadet, David Barfoot.
Bari studied towards the engineer officer of the watch unlimited certificate of competency in 2006 and graduated with additional electro-technical qualifications in 2009. He was named marine engineer cadet of the year by the Academy, and received the Warsash Association cadet prize, as well as the Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers and British Petroleum award for apprentices.
Bari sailed deep sea until 2013 before deciding to return to higher education. Upon receiving the Worcester Scholarship from the Marine Society, he returned to Warsash to study BEng (Hons) Marine Engineering and Management. During this time Bari also took the opportunity to complete distance learning projects and engage in continuous professional development.
After finishing his studies Bari was accepted on to the MCA’s graduate trainee surveyor programme where he rotates between survey and policy roles. He also participates on the Nautilus International Young Maritime Professionals' forum and supports the work of the Southern Joint Branch technical committee. His dissertation 'A study detailing the key characteristics of the training of Merchant Marine Engineering Officers,' is under academic consideration and will be forwarded to the DfT and the MNTB as part of the Support for Maritime Training review.
Bari is hoping to sit his second engineer exams in January 2016, and says: "My intention is to work as a surveyor and then return to sea with the knowledge and experience I gained ashore to add greater value to my sea time as I work towards the rank of Chief Engineer. I also intend to study psychology at degree level and combine this with my engineering background to conduct research at sea."
He continues: "I am inspired by the work of the Marine Society as they strive to help seafarers of all ranks and backgrounds achieve their potential. I am indebted for the support and look forward to working with the Society in the future."
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