The Princess Royal congratulates success and achievements at UHI celebration event in the North Highlands

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands, personally congratulated more than 70 students at the UHI North, West and Hebrides’ graduation and celebration of success and achievement in Thurso on Friday 15 September.

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HRH The Princess Royal congratulates IET award winner, Leoni Mowat.

Addressing over 200 guests, Professor Stuart Gibb, Director of Research and Innovation and the Environmental Research Institute, commended all celebrating their successes ranging from SVQ level 3 to postgraduate programmes.

Debbie Miller, UHI North, West and Hebrides Vice-Principal (operations) and Senior Officer for the North Highlands, said: “Today’s celebration of success and achievements are a powerful reminder of why we are here – to recognise your hard work, reflect on your time with us, and to look forward with excitement to your next chapter. We have shared this journey with you and feel incredibly proud of all you have achieved.”

This year we move forward under our new name, UHI North, West and Hebrides, and will continue to pioneer distinctive learning and research within our rural and island communities, providing students with access to supportive, high quality, and an impactful learning experience.”

Graduates being clapped out of St Peter's and St Andrew's church by HRH The Princess Royal and the platform party, following the graduation ceremony.

Award winners, together with friends and family enjoyed a warm address by HRH The Princess Royal, Chancellor of UHI, before being presented with their certificates. Special awards were also presented to:

  • Jon O’Connor, HNC Game and Wildlife Management - UHI North Highland Student of the Year
  • Leoni Mowat, MSc Mechanical Engineering - Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Award - Best Master's Degree category

Lydia Rohmer, Principal of UHI North, West and Hebrides, said: “Today marks the end of your student journey with us, for now, however, it is the start of an exciting new chapter for you. With passion and hard work, you can achieve anything, and we hope your time with us opens many doors of opportunity for you.”

“We are immensely proud of your achievements and wish your every success, happiness, and prosperity in the future.”

HRH Princess Royal with UHI staff in the gardens of the Pentland Hotel, Thurso, prior to the celebration of success and achievement ceremony

Professor Stuart Gibb provided a final congratulatory message and thanks to the Minister David Malcolm of St Peters and St Andrews church, Andrew Mackay of the Caithness Collection, Piper Andrew Sinclair and Heather MacLean who carried UHI’s ceremonial mace.

Congratulations to:

Doctor of Philosophy: Environmental Science PhD

  • Melissa Costagliola-Ray
  • Natalie Isaksson
  • Lisa Karen Shearer
  • James Slingsby
  • Huiyi Zhang

Masters of Letters: Archaeological Studies

  • Iain Alexander Dodds

Master of Science: Mechanical Engineering

  • Scott Gibson
  • Emma Beth Gunn
  • Leoni Carol Mowat

Master of Research: Environmental Science

  • Thomas Thompson

Master of Science: Sustainable Energy Solutions

  • Michael Crowe
  • Andrew Kelly
  • Michael Livingstone

Post Graduate Diploma: Net Zero Communities

  • Clare Sterritt

Post Graduate Diploma: Sustainable Energy Solutions

  • Desmond Boyd

Post Graduate Certificate: Developing Low Carbon Communities

  • Francisco Cortes Sanchis

Post Graduate Certificate: Teaching Qualifications for Further Education

  • Duncan Crofts
  • Kara Gray
  • Fiona Harper

Professional Graduate Diploma in Education [PGDE]: Primary Education

  • Jessica Grace Campbell
  • Katie Mackay
  • Hollie Mackintosh
  • Rhea Sinclair

Bachelor of Arts with Honours: Applied Music

  • Robert Toby King
  • Rebecca Shillan

Bachelor of Arts with Honours: Business and Management (with Human Resource Management)

  • Elaine Gina Brass

Bachelor of Arts with Honours: Child & Youth Studies

  • Victoria Lee Mutch

Bachelor of Arts with Honours: Contemporary Film Making in the Highlands and Islands

  • Sara Aptomos
  • John Baikie
  • Charlie Dawson
  • Niamh Fowler
  • Kieran Hall
  • Gabriel Szeiler

Bachelor of Arts with Honours: Creative Writing in the Highlands and Islands

  • Ashleigh Lauren Tucker
  • Geoffrey Francis King

Bachelor of Arts with Honours: Equine Business Management

  • Reece Cunningham
  • Bethany Hall

Bachelor of Arts with Honours: Golf Management

  • Alyxander Bihuniak
  • Grant Ross

Bachelor of Arts with Honours: Professional Golf

  • Shin Bateman
  • Camryn Bulman
  • Rory Bushnell
  • Calum Stuart Maclean Draper
  • Declan Gray
  • Reece Haspell
  • Ian Lynam
  • Alan Stuart Murphy
  • Mark Parsonage
  • Giovanni Siani
  • Jack Stewart
  • Oliver David Till
  • Christopher Turner
  • Finlay Wallace
  • John Wilding

Bachelor of Arts with Honours: Social Sciences

  • Kyle MacLeod

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours: Mechanical Engineering

  • Niamh Charlotte Murray
  • Conner John Nellies
  • Viktor Szécsi

Bachelor of Science with Honours: Environmental Science

  • Caleb Reid Montgomery
  • Sofia Mariana Ponte Dos Santos

Bachelor of Science with Honours: Sports & Fitness

  • Scott David Bremner
  • Steven Munro Hughes
  • Neave Erin MacLeod

Bachelor of Science with Honours: Social Sciences

  • Abbey Nancy McAdie

Bachelor of Arts: Child and Youth Studies

  • Katie Jessie Helen Dunnett

Bachelor of Arts: Equine Business Management

  • Sophie Leigh Bell
  • Shannon Clark

Bachelor of Engineering: Electrical and Electronic Engineering

  • Steven Budge
  • Liam Alexander Dunnett
  • Matthew David Grigor
  • Andrew Mackay
  • Kyle Oag

Bachelor of Engineering: Mechanical Engineering

  • Michael Budge
  • Connor Henderson

Bachelor of Science: Electrical and Electronic Engineering

  • Dean Robertson-Carswell

Continuing Professional Development Award: Teaching Qualification Further Education (SCQF Level 9)

  • Donna Bain
  • Laura Gray
  • Lance Garrard Nicholson
  • Stephen Bull

Diploma of Higher Education: Contemporary Film Making in the Highlands and Islands

  • Nicole Natalia Perez Skowronska

Diploma of Higher Education: Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

  • Lewis Reece Buchanan
  • Scott Edwards
  • Jamie Robertson

Diploma of Higher Education: Professional Golf (PGA)

  • Kyle Brown
  • Ellis Colin Henderson Hart
  • Ronan Higgins
  • Ethan Hurst
  • Gregor Scott Piggot Ramsay

Higher National Diploma: Engineering Systems

  • Michael Cragg
  • Darren Gunn
  • Robbie Gunn
  • Morgan Kennedy
  • Shaun Kirk
  • Murray Mackenzie
  • Cameron Montgomery
  • Liam Sinclair

Certificate of Higher Education: Applied Music

  • Paul Hornby-Battrick

Certificate of Higher Education: Environmental Science

  • Jamie Moloney

Certificate of Higher Education: Professional Golf

  • Samuel Rusnak
  • Cameron Wallace

Certificate of Higher Education: Theological Studies

  • John Ernest Newall MacMillan

Higher National Certificate: Business

  • Julie Davies
  • Susan Norton
  • Kimberley Munro
  • Rhys Scott
  • Hana Sutherland

Higher National Certificate: Childhood Practice

  • Abbie Bruce
  • Tia Mackay
  • Rhea More
  • Riley Trueman
  • Jessica Tilt

Higher National Certificate: Construction Management

  • Charlie-Jack Meeres
  • Kylle Offor

Higher National Certificate: Engineering Systems

  • Jamie Ross

Higher National Certificate: Game and Wildlife Management

  • Steven Campbell
  • Craig Clement
  • Ryan Grant
  • Jon O’Connor
  • Liam Perks
  • Jamie Sawyer
  • Stuart Taggart
  • Thomas Yoxall

Higher National Certificate: Music

  • Finley Atkins
  • Hamish Atkins
  • Joseph Carson
  • Andrew Madej
  • Mia Munro
  • Tait Skinner

Higher National Certificate: Social Services

  • Kaitlyn Valerie Polson

Higher National Certificate: Sound Production

  • Kenneth Bauld
  • Scott Bell
  • Dean Mackay
  • Benetton-Ford Macleod
  • Andrew Wilson

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing Small Animal

  • Louise Bouise
  • Megan Bruce
  • Kerry Cameron
  • Jade Dowie
  • Elise Duncan
  • Beth Dunnett
  • Lauren Mckay
  • Rachael Mitchell
  • Megan Murray
  • Eve Paterson
  • Kerry Warden
  • Karen Webster
  • Calum Young

Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 3 (MA): Business and Administration

  • Ellie Mackay
  • Blair McGeachin
  • Rhea Booth

Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 3 (MA): Carpentry and Joinery (Construction)

  • Thomas Alexander Campbell
  • Don Swanson
  • Aaron Wilson

Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 3 (MA): Social Services and Healthcare

  • Rikki Mackenzie
  • Eva Malcolm
  • Angela Patience
  • Iona Sinclair

Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 3 (MA): Hospitality Supervision and Leadership

  • Francisca Sanchez Herrera

Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 3: Beauty Therapy

  • Abbie Bell
  • Teigan Campbell
  • Lauryn Miller
  • Annie Mills
  • Rachel O’Hare

Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 3: Electrical Installation SCQF

  • Sinclair Bremner
  • Robert Gunn
  • Ross Mackay
  • Mark Muir
  • Ross Steven

Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 3: Hairdressing

  • Mon Chan
  • Abbie Irvine-Dunnett
  • Stacy McGinley
  • Katrine MacGregor

Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 3: Social Services and Healthcare

  • Jordan Fraser
  • Jason Moss
  • Danielle Rodgers
  • Sophie Scott
  • Tracey Towe

Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 3: Social Services Children and Young People

  • Eva Arnold
  • Sarah Campbell
  • Connie Dougan
  • Marie Kelly
  • Joshua Phipps
  • Kayren Wilson

Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 3: Professional Cookery

  • Shaun Buchan
  • Georgi Dushanov
  • Keoni Jones
  • Devlin Kula
  • John Miller
  • Tony Sutherland

Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 3 / PDA: Carpentry & Joinery

  • Kieron Davies
  • Alan Gunn
  • Murray Mackay
  • John Mackenzie
  • Kylle Offor

Professional Development Award: Carpentry & Joinery

  • Cameron Don
  • Kieran Hourston
  • Aimee Irvine-Dunnett
  • Harley Johnson
  • Liam McDonald
  • Ethan Paterson
  • Darran Reid
  • Connah-James Wadsworth
  • Ryan Williamson
  • Jacob Wilkie