Patricia McPhail

Postgraduate student of the year 2013


Patricia McPhail, University of the Highlands and Islands Postgraduate student of the year 2013Patricia McPhail from Toronto, Canada, has just completed the university’s MLitt in Viking studies by distance learning through the Centre for Nordic Studies in Orkney and Shetland.

Patricia was nominated by her tutor Dr Ragnhild Ljosland, who is also a lecturer at the Centre. She was commended her courage in returning to university study after many years, for her determination to succeed and for her contribution to student life.

Dr Ljosland explained: “Patricia started off by attending our Viking culture summer school in 2012. Having enjoyed this, she made the brave decision to sign up for the MLitt. Patricia has been away from university studies for a long time so taking up a challenging postgraduate programme was initially a bit of a shock.

“However, Patricia’s hard work and determination pulled her through, making her an example to other students of what can be achieved if you set your mind to it.”

Patricia said: “Undertaking the MLitt degree has been an amazing experience - a lot of hard work, new challenges and rebirth into the circle of study and academia - but rewarding in so many ways.

“I have learned such a great deal - not only the coursework, but about myself and what is possible if you are willing and prepared to take risks and explore.”


Picture: Patricia McPhail, MLitt Viking Studies, Orkney College UHI