Morag MacLeod, who has completed a BA in theological studies, was praised for her commitment to her studies despite several family issues and bereavements. She was also commended for her contribution to student life at the Dingwall-based college as well as her role in encouraging others to take up study.
Although Morag had a negative experience of education at school, she decided to give learning a second chance by undertaking an access course in Christian theology at Highland Theological College UHI from 2003 to 2005. She progressed onto a degree in theological studies in 2005 and has been studying part time ever since while continuing her work as a self-employed hairdresser.
Morag was nominated for the award by her tutor, Reverend Hector Morrison, who is also principal of the college. He explained: “Over the course of her studies, Morag had to cope with a series of family issues and bereavements. Due to additional pressures and responsibilities, it looked as if she would have to pull out, yet she was determined to complete her degree.”
Speaking about her award, Morag said: “I am honoured and overwhelmed that I have been awarded this accolade, especially knowing the quality of my fellow students. Being at HTC has been, without doubt, one of the best, most rewarding and challenging experiences of my life.
“It is thanks to HTC that I am leaving with more than a degree in theology; I leave there a much more confidant person. The blessings, teachings and truths of Scripture, the new skills I developed, new experiences I was exposed to and the new friendships I have gained, will all equip and serve me well as I pursue the next step of my journey with God.”
Picture: Morag MacLeod, BA Theological Studies, Highland Theological College UHI