Iona Corse from Kirkwall was nominated as Orkney College UHI student of the year by her tutor, Amanda Smith, who is also curriculum leader for business at the college. Ms Smith praised Iona for excelling in her studies despite being treated for a life threatening illness and for helping to raise awareness about the condition amongst other young people.
Ms Smith explained: “Iona finally got the all clear in April, just a few weeks before her exam. She made an incredible effort to catch up and to exceed the requirements of the course. This is demonstrated by her A grade. For Iona to achieve this despite all her problems is exceptional. I think most students would have deferred until the following year.”
Speaking about her award, Iona said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to Mandy Smith and her staff for being so supportive. The business department is an amazing team, without their support I would have never managed to achieve my HNC!
“I still can't believe the moment when I got told I got an A in my exam. After everything I had been through, I would have been delighted with a scrape pass, never mind an A!”
Now she has completed her HNC, Iona has progressed onto the university’s business HND. If she does well in that, she hopes to go on to undertake a business degree.
Picture: Iona Corse, HNC Business, Orkney College UHI