James Ellsmoor - UHI Postgraduate Student of the Year

Institute for Northern Studies has again had one of their students named as UHI Postgraduate Student of the Year.

James Ellsmoor (25) from Shropshire graduated from INS' Island Studies MLitt last month.  Dr Andrew Jennings, a lecturer at the Institute, said: “James has been an excellent student who achieved high grades while travelling the world pursuing his career. Despite being only 25, he is the co-founder and director of Solar Head of State, a non-profit organisation which works with small island communities to promote solar energy. He partnered with the Jamaican government to install solar panels on government buildings in Kingston and has spoken at conferences in Hawaii, Bermuda, Japan, Haiti and Mallorca. James is a high-flyer destined to achieve great things.”   James said: “I am delighted to have won this award! It has really been an honour to represent the university’s academic programme at international events and tell people about the importance of both the island studies programme and the university’s unique distance learning methods.”

You can read UHI's press release here.

INS students have won this prestigious award before, in 2014 it was won by Timothy Morrison, and 2013 by Patricia Byers McPhail.