Dr Jonathan Mackenzie, doctorate in theology at Highland Theological College UHI

Dr Jonathan Mackenzie

Highland Theological College UHI student of the year 2011

Previously an undergraduate at the college, Jonathan achieved first-class honours in the BA (Hons) Theological Studies degree, before completing a doctorate in theology. He is now a pastoral assistant at Culloden Baptist Church, Inverness, and is training to become a fully-ordained church minister.

Jonathan was awarded the title in recognition of his academic and personal achievements and his contribution to the student community.

His five-year-old son, Lewis, suffers from a rare kidney disease, and Jonathan credits his own “exceptional self-discipline” for ensuring that he completed his coursework as he and his family cared for Lewis.

Jonathan also found time to serve as a representative on committees, and organised sports activities.

He said, “I was drawn to the college because of its low student-staff ratio. There is a good community at the college, and my time there has been a great experience.”