2017 Winners

Overall Student of the Year 2017 winners:

Hannah McDiarmid

University of the Highlands and Islands Higher Education Student of the Year 2017

Hannah achieved a BA (Hons) in Gaelic language and culture while managing cystic fibrosis, a chronic, life-limiting condition which affects the lungs and the digestive systems. Enrolled as a distance-learning student with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI, she completed her degree from her hometown of Torvaig, Portree, on the Isle of Skye.

Danielle O'Hagan

University of the Highlands and Islands Further Education Student of the Year 2017

Danielle, from Kirkwall, completed a National Certificate in computer technologies with games design at Orkney College UHI. Danielle was nominated for the award by her lecturer, Magnus Tullock. She was commended for her outstanding work as well as her bravery in managing her epilepsy and raising awareness of the condition.

Esther Renwick

University of the Highlands and Islands Postgraduate Student of the Year 2017

Esther, from Stromfirth, Shetland, achieved her PhD in archaeology while bringing up three small children, and by studying part time over a ten year period at Shetland College UHI.

Students of the Year 2017

Individual partner winners are listed below. 

Argyll College UHI

Higher education: Wendy Chance - Horticulture (HNC)
Further education: Rebecca AllanAdministration (NC)

Highland Theological College UHI

Higher education: Lynsey Brennan - Theological Studies (BA Hons)

Inverness College UHI

Higher education: Sharon Scobbie - Contemporary Art Practice (HND)
Further education: Vittoria McNamaraForestry (Certificate)

Lews Castle College UHI

Higher education: Peter Haubrick - Mechanical and Energy Engineering (BEng Hons)
Further education: Ruth MackinnonMechanical Engineering (NC)

Moray College UHI

Higher education: Christopher Miller - Sustainable Development (BSc Hons)

NAFC Marine Centre UHI

Higher education: Bryden Jacobson - Marine Engineering (HNC)

North Highland College UHI

Higher education: Liam Ross - Applied Music (BA Hons)
Further education: Morena MackenzieChild, Health and Social Care (NC)

Orkney College UHI

Higher education: Matthew Reid - Business and Management (BA Hons)
Further education: Danielle O'Hagan - Computer Technologies with Games Design (NC)

Perth College UHI

Higher education: Sam Drane - Computing (BSc Hons)

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI

Higher education: Hannah McDiarmid - Gaelic Language and Culture (BA Hons)

Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI

Higher education: Shannon Lafferty - Marine Science (BSc Hons)

Shetland College UHI

Higher education: Reuben Conroy - Computing (HNC)
Further education: Laurie CarterAccess to Education (BLA)

West Highland College UHI

Higher education: Kelly Adams - Social Services (HNC)
Further education: Samanta MilzarajaChild Health and Social Care (NC)

Judged Partnership Wide

Postgraduate: Esther Renwick
"The transmission of authenticity and World Heritage values in visitor experience at World Heritage sites" (PhD)