Robin Tems

Role International consultant in oil, gas and refining corrosion and metallurgy.
Reasons for Choosing Newcastle

I chose Newcastle because back in the 70's, it was one of the few universities that gave the option of a General Science degree in which you could select from a wide variety of subjects. They gave me the chance to explore subjects I had not even encountered prior to university. After the first year, I narrowed my choice down to Chemistry and Metallurgy Joint Honours. After undergrad, I went on to complete a PhD in the Metallurgy Department at Newcastle, but still worked closely with the Chemistry Department on electron microscopy of corrosion inhibitor surface films and the application of ESCA to corrosion studies.

Newcastle was a fantastic place to study with excellent student accommodation, facilities, and funding for research. It was a fun town with a vibrant historical, cultural, and entertainment life plus an excellent local folk music and traditions. While Newcastle is a city, it has fantastic open spaces such as Jesmond Dene, Leases Park, Nuns' Moor, and the Town Moor all close to the center of town. Hadrian's wall, historic Roman ruins and endless hill and country walking is within easy access by train. Whitley Bay beach is just a local train ride away. There were several excellent churches (Jesmond Parish Church) and active charity organizations such as Shelter and SCAN with which to become involved.

Career Path

Since graduating, I have continued my work in corrosion, and I am an international consultant in oil, gas and refining corrosion and metallurgy, with a home base in the US. The education I received at Newcastle and the contacts I made there has allowed me to develop a fantastic career.

Finally, my wife and I met at Newcastle in university and have been very happily married for over 34 years!