Eilidh MacFadyen, who is studying for her BA (Hons) Gaelic and Traditional Music, was named as Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI Student of the Year and also won the award of overall University of the Highlands and Islands Student of the Year.
Eilidh is an extremely talented musician and since enrolling at the college, has won silver and gold medals at the Royal National Mods in the under 19 accordion competitions. For a number of years now, Eilidh has also been a tutor at Fèis Thiriodh, passing on her musical knowledge and experience to a younger generation. Eilidh also organises sporting events for other students and even helps as a volunteer at Fàs Mòr, the childcare facility based at the College, at lunchtime or after classes, where she is adored by the children.
John N. MacLeod, Director of Studies, said: “Eilidh is particularly deserving of this award, given in recognition of her outstanding personal and academic achievements but also her sterling and unselfish work on behalf of the Sabhal Mòr Ostaig student community. She is a great ambassador for Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the University of the Highlands and Islands and her local community.”
Eilidh commented on her award, saying: “I am delighted to be named Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s Student of the Year. I wasn’t expecting it at all and it makes me very proud indeed to think that SMO staff thought me worthy of it. My time so far at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig has been absolutely fantastic and I’m looking forward to another year!”
Picture: Eilidh MacFadyen, BA (Hons) Gaelic and Traditional Music, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI