Daniel McLeod

North Highland College UHI Student of the Year, Daniel McLeod.

Daniel McLeod has been named as North Highland College UHI student of the year for 2016.  Daniel joined North Highland College UHI in the third year of the BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree, studying as a part time remote student, in 2013.  He came to the Electrical and Electronic programme from Stow College where he completed his HND in Electrical Engineering, and from Reid Kerr College where he completed his HNC.  His intention was always to progress to degree level study, but he was turned away from Glasgow Caledonian University’s part time programme because he was unable to attend all classes, being employed offshore by that stage.  So he welcomed the opportunity to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands, due to the flexibility of the programme and the ability to do the third year entirely remotely.

Academically, he has achieved extremely well, given the challenge of studying with no face-to-face support at all and has achieved ‘A’ grades in two of the four modules he has undertaken.  This is all the more an exceptional achievement, given that Daniel also has two young children (9 months and 3 years) and works offshore as a full time Electrical Maintenance Technician.  He has also enhanced the learning experience for other students, by sharing his work related knowledge.  He is extremely well motivated, well organised and innovative.  His lecturer in Electrical Principles, Richard Hemmings from Lews Castle College UHI, commented that Daniel was an “excellent student”.

Daniel McLeod (R) receives his award from Donald MacBeath, principal of North Highland College UHI.