Welcome to the
November alumni e-newsletter. We hope you are keeping well and warm!
Where has 2021 gone!?
Get in touch if you have any ideas, questions or feedback!
We are delighted to announce Lorna McNee as
the 2021 Alumni Award winner!
selected for the title in recognition of her professional success
which saw her receive a Michelin Star just five months into her first
head chef role.
graduated with an HNC in professional cookery from Moray College UHI
in 2008, was awarded a Michelin Star in January for her work at Cail
Bruich. She is the first solo female chef in Scotland to be awarded a
star in 20 years and the only female chef to have ever received one
in Scotland’s largest city. The award was Glasgow’s first Michelin
star in 18 years.
A very deserving
winner of the 2021 Alumni Award. Congratulations Lorna!
Class of 2021
We're so happy
to welcome our new 2021 graduates to our alumni community. There are
over 31,000 of you now across the globe!
this special compilation video of some of our new alumni graduating 'at home' this
Graduate for Life
that career journeys are often unpredictable and exposed to unplanned
influences and events. As individuals, we grow and develop constantly
and our circumstances change. The need to keep learning and
developing new skills is becoming the norm, especially during these
We are all a
‘work in progress’ and employability is a lifelong journey which does
not end with the acquisition of the first job after graduation.
university's Careers team are here to support you to develop and
manage your future career, providing you with the ability to book
guidance appointments, search the Job Shop, book a mock interview and
upload your CV or application form for feedback.
Simply register with FutureMe.
Race to Zero
Inverness College UHI has joined
Race to Zero, a global campaign against climate change, and pledged
to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2040. Working in
partnership with staff and students, work is underway to create a new
sustainability strategy to reach a range of short, medium and
long-term targets to reduce carbon and its environmental impact in
The Seaweed Academy
UK seaweed farming industry has taken a major step forward after the
Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS UHI) gained funding to
develop training and business development for the sector.
Academy will be based at SAMS UHI, near Oban, and is the UK’s first
dedicated seaweed industry facility, offering advice to start-ups,
training workers and sharing the latest research to help businesses
Liam Colgan Music Award winners
delighted to announce Lisa Hope and Grant Irvine as the 2021 winners
of our Liam Colgan music student awards! They both graduated from Perth College UHI this year
with a first-class BA (Hons) Popular Music and will each receive £500
towards a mentoring opportunity with a renowned songwriter and
producer of their choice.
Prize for Engineering Excellence
to Emma Gunn who has won the Prize for Engineering Excellence!
completing her degree, Emma began her journey with North Highland
College UHI in 2015, achieving a National Certificate then
progressing through a range of courses while becoming an apprentice
and eventually a full-time engineer for NUVIA. Emma graduate with a
1st class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and will be
returning to study the MSc Mechanical Engineering.
thanks to Willie Printie, who donates this annual award, in
recognition of academic excellence in engineering.
UHI alumni unveiled as Speak Gaelic presenters
Mòr Ostaig UHI alumni, BBC presenters and social media stars, Joy
Dunlop and Calum Maclean, will lead a new language learning
initiative. SpeakGaelic’s resources will provide a framework for Gaelic
language learning across TV, iPlayer, BBC Sounds, web, face-to-face
classes, YouTube and other social media to attract and inspire
learners and speakers.
Vivid Roots Collective
Drama and Performance graduates have established a theatre collective
to stop the drain of emerging artists from the Highlands and Islands.
Laura Walker, Keira Smith, Sophie Bender and Sophie Wink created
Vivid Roots Collective during the early days of the pandemic. They
hope the collective can provide a base for emerging artists to
develop their portfolio of work.
Gaelic Language Plan
welcome your views on the university’s draft Gaelic Language Plan 2022-25!
consultation is open until Friday 24 December.
are building our alumni ambassador community.
are looking for a wide variety of alumni ambassadors, who have studied
a variety of different courses, at all of our partner college
locations. Interested? Find out more here!
Meet our newest ambassador:
(Hons) Marine Science, 2018
"I am currently a la Caixa doctoral
fellow at the University of Lisbon contracted by the Marine and
Environmental Science Centre (MARE-ARDITI) in Madeira Island,
My time at SAMS UHI really shaped me and
exposed me to all components of marine science. I had many mentors
who encouraged me and supported my ambitious goals; these mentors
alongside the diverse course load opened many doors that have allowed
me to excel at each subsequent opportunity.
I want to be like them still, and I want to
offer similar opportunities that I was presented with. Being an
alumni ambassador gives me the opportunity to express my gratitude in
addition to supporting other like-minded students who have as many
questions as I had at the beginning of my academic career."
hoodies, t-shirts and tote bags are available to purchase through the
SAMS UHI online shop! All items are organic, renewable and ethical.
Share your news!
Thank you to
everyone who shares their news with us! We love hearing about how you
are getting on.
Sadly, we don't
have room to feature them all, but here are just a few. Please keep 'em coming!
to our Contemporary Art Practice graduate Louise, who has opened a
new community art gallery and creative hub in the Eastgate Centre in
Inverness! Her 'One-of-a-Kind' studio will showcase artworks and
items that have been made by herself and other local artists,
artisans and makers. Have a look at her website!
also recently been awarded use of the Made in Scotland trademark to
use on her products! This trademark was donated to the university and
is free to use for our alumni. Find out more about the trademark
Gamekeeping with Wildlife Management, 1999
"I currently am responsible for the asset
management of half of the lineside that forms Scotland’s Railway and
act as a technical specialist advising and assisting colleagues
across Scotland. I have had various roles managing the trees and
vegetation, fencing and other assets on the land either side of the
railway network. I have become a Chartered Forester and have
been lucky enough to have represented my railway specialism as a
member of cross industry committees and at events, both here and
internationally. I love my job, it is very varied and challenging -
and even 22 years on, I am still proud to share that I spent two
great years learning many new skills and gaining valuable practical
workplace experiences at (then) Thurso College."
BA Childhood Practice, 2021
Inverness College UHI
"My goal is to be a primary school
teacher. Now I have gained my degree, I have to complete English and
Maths at a higher level to be able to apply for the PGDE next summer!
This has been a long journey for me and my final career is in sight.
Studying online, part time has been amazing as it allowed me to take
care of my children, work and study. Being a UHI student has been the
best experience of my life!"
Beauty Therapy graduate, Jessica Elliot has won
Scottish Beauty Therapist of the Year 2021 for the third year in a
row! Congratulations Jessica!
HNC Healthcare Practice, 2021, Perth College UHI
When Serena finished school, she was unsure what direction she wanted
her life to take. However, after gaining some life experience working
for the NHS, she found her calling in life.
Read her story!
Centre for History Newsletter
newsletters! Here is the latest Centre for History newsletter with stories about their students, graduates and
staff. This year the Centre for History had the best degree results
ever (despite the pandemic) and their students continue to produce
exceptional work. They hosted a large international conference over
the summer and carried out a full programme of public engagement
activities - as you can read!
Alumni access to e-Resources
As one of our
alumni, you can access a range of free e-Resources to assist with
your lifelong learning after leaving university.
access, please register here.
Discount on taught postgraduate courses
Do you know
that if you have a degree or honours degree from the University of
the Highlands and Islands, you will receive a 10% discount on the
tuition fee for all taught postgraduate courses?
Find out more
Fantastic opportunity for our artistic alumni!
The Royal Society of British Artists'
Rome Scholarship 2022
is now open for applicants. Closing date: 1st January 2022. This
competition is open to artists who live, work or study in the UK and
who are aged 35 years or under. The scholarship is for the month of
September 2022 and offers:
- Four weeks
accommodation at Sala Uno, Rome
- Studio space within
- Meals provided at a
- Return flights
Now, why not
kick back and enjoy some tunes from our UHI Applied Music graduates
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