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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!

Lorna was 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.

Lorna 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!

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Alumni Award Winners

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!

Watch this special compilation video of some of our new alumni graduating 'at home' this year. 


Graduate for Life

We understand 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 unpredictable times.

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. 

The 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 innovative ways. 


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The Seaweed Academy

The fledgling 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.

The Seaweed 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 develop.

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Liam Colgan Music Award winners

We were 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.

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Prize for Engineering Excellence

Congratulations to Emma Gunn who has won the Prize for Engineering Excellence!

Before 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.

With special thanks to Willie Printie, who donates this annual award, in recognition of academic excellence in engineering.

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UHI alumni unveiled as Speak Gaelic presenters

Sabhal 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

BA (Hons) 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. 

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Gaelic Language Plan 2022-25 

We welcome your views on the university’s draft Gaelic Language Plan 2022-25!

The consultation is open until Friday 24 December. 

Alumni Ambassadors

We are building our alumni ambassador community.

We 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:

Ashlie McIvor
BSc (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, Portugal.

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."


UHI Merch!

Branded 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!

Congratulations 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!

Louise has 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 here!



Jonathan Callis

Jonathan Calllis
HNC 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."


Rebecca Ross
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!"


HND Beauty Therapy graduate, Jessica Elliot has won Scottish Beauty Therapist of the Year 2021 for the third year in a row! Congratulations Jessica!


Serena Grant
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

2-4-1 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.

To 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 the gallery
  • Meals provided at a nearby restaurant
  • Return flights 
  • £1000 prize money!


Now, why not kick back and enjoy some tunes from our UHI Applied Music graduates on Spotify! 

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