Student award winners
Chancellor's Nursing Award: Andrew Jupp
Andrew Jupp from Tain has been named as the winner of the 2021 University of the Highlands and Islands Chancellor’s Nursing Award. Andrew, who is set to graduate with a BSc nursing degree with distinction later this year, was recognised for his academic excellence, compassionate nature and determination to succeed.
Established in 2020, the annual award is presented on behalf of the university’s Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal. Andrew was nominated for this year’s award by his personal academic tutor, Anne Leiper. She explained:
“Andy has consistently achieved excellent marks for his academic work and has been a role model to fellow students. He has done exceptionally well in balancing caring commitments for his wife and children, while undertaking his degree.
“During his studies, Andy worked in a variety of hospital and community settings and undertook a COVID-19 emergency clinical placement, providing him with experience of nursing during a pandemic. Andy’s mentors have reported very positively on his conduct, level of professionalism and non-judgemental manner. Andy is a kind, warm and caring student, who has a good degree of maturity that enables him to work effectively and compassionately, especially in challenging situations.
“Andy was awarded a Carnegie Vacation Scholarship in 2020 and carried out a research project investigating the attitudes of staff and students in the university’s department of nursing and midwifery on LGBT+ patients. The research will contribute to curriculum development and ensuring future nurses work with this patient group in an inclusive manner."
Andrew, who is currently on his final clinical placement in Invergordon, will receive £100 and an engraved glass award to mark his success. Speaking about his award, he said: “I'm delighted to receive this award. The last three years have been lots of work but very rewarding. Now I'm excited to get out into clinic practice and start working."
Royal College of Midwives Award - Klaudia Zbikowska
Klaudia Zbikowska from Inverness received the university’s Royal College of Midwives Award. The prize is awarded to the highest performing student across theory and practice on the pre-registration shortened midwifery programme. Klaudia, who now works in NHS Highland, received a £100 book token. Speaking about the award Klaudia commented I feel very privileged to have received this award and want to thank everyone who supported me through the programme. I can’t wait to get started working as a midwife!
Chancellor's Nursing Award: Hannah Caina
Hannah Caina from Inverness, who graduated with a BSc nursing degree with distinction, was selected as the first recipient of the university’s Chancellor’s Nursing Award. The award, presented on behalf of the university’s Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal, recognises Hannah’s determination in the face of adversity and her contribution to the department of nursing and midwifery.
Hannah was nominated for the award by her personal academic tutor, Abbi Tracey, who explained: “Hannah experienced a family emergency that resulted in her becoming the carer and guardian for her younger sister and brother. Despite this, she completed her work to a very high standard and gave up her time to help organise a fundraiser for Alzheimer Scotland and represent the views of students.”
Hannah, who works as a nurse in Raigmore Hospital, received £100 and an engraved glass award to mark her success.
Royal College of Midwives Award - Fiona Dudgeon
Fiona Dudgeon from Aviemore received the university’s first ever Royal College of Midwives Award. The prize is given to the highest performing student on the pre-registration shortened midwifery programme. Fiona, who now works in labour suite in Raigmore Hospital, received a £50 book token.