Congratulations class of 2022!
Graduates, family, friends, and colleagues gathered at St Peter’s and St Andrew’s Church in Thurso on 14th October to celebrate academic achievements and special awards at the UHI North Highland graduation ceremony.
The graduation was the first ceremony to take place since 2019 and the event welcomed graduates from 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22.
Master of ceremony, Professor Stuart Gibb, Director of Research and Innovation and the Environmental Research Institute opened the ceremony and congratulated all celebrating their successes ranging from SVQ level 3 to postgraduate programmes.
Principal Debbie Murray welcomed over 200 guests and commended the graduates on their commitment and resilience in completing their studies throughout a global pandemic; “This is the most important day of the year for our higher education students and one we are delighted to be able to celebrate together face to face.
The class of ‘22 have not only achieved their qualifications but have done so, in many cases whilst working and dealing with a global pandemic. All the staff at UHI North Highland are extremely proud of their achievements and are delighted to continue to support our rural communities with flexible approaches to learning.”
The ceremony was due to be held on Friday 16th September but was postponed due to national mourning for the passing of the Her Majesty, The Queen.
Viscount Thurso, Lord Lieutenant of Caithness, gave the guest speaker’s address and reminisced of his own career journey and wished the students well, “Well done and congratulations. Remember, chance does favour the prepared mind so wherever you go, whatever chance comes, good luck!”
The campus, which is spread across the north highlands in Thurso, Dornoch and Alness were particularly delighted to be presenting a number of special awards at this year’s ceremony including;
The Highlands and Islands Student Association (HISA) Sporting Club of the Year was awarded to the UHI Golf team.
HISA Full Blues for outstanding sporting achievements to BA (Hons) Professional Golf students, John Oster, Declan Gray, Lewis Johnson, Taylor Kerr, Alan Murphy, Chris Turner, Giovanni Siani, Ewan Cuthbert, and Finlay Wallace.
UHI North Highland Student of the Year, Access to Construction and Engineering student, Connah Wadsworth for his commitment and dedication to his studies.
Willie Printie Prize for Engineering Excellence, Liam Elder BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree with distinction. The Willie Printie Prize for Engineering Excellence is donated by Willie Printie, former managing director of LifeScan Scotland. The award acknowledges academic excellence in engineering and is given to someone who began as an apprentice and graduated with a degree in engineering. The winner is selected annually from graduating engineering students from across the UHI partnership.
The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) local network award for Student Excellence on a Non-Accredited Course, Graeme Mcbreen. Graeme also graduated with his BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree with distinction.
Sue Jane Taylor was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from UHI in absentia in recognition of her sustained and significant contribution to UHI and to Scotland’s creative and cultural landscape.
Professor Frank Rennie was presented with the Chancellor’s Medal in recognition for his exceptional contribution to the development of UHI.
Donald MacBeath, former Principal who retired in 2020 was presented with the UHI Vice Chancellor’s Award for 36 years of service to the college.
Anne Bremner, former Director of Learning and Teaching was also presented with the UHI Vice Chancellor’s Award for over 30 years of service to the college.
UHI’s specially commissioned ceremonial mace, which symbolises the Highlands and Islands, was carried by Mrs Anna Swanson who dedicated 30 years’ service to UHI North Highland.
Following the ceremony, staff, graduates, family, and friends were invited to attend a drinks reception and buffet at the Pentland Hotel to celebrate.
Full list of graduates
Full list of graduates
Doctor of Philosophy: Environmental Science PHD
Henk Pieter Sterk
Masters of Letters with Distinction: History of the Highlands and Islands
Master of Science with Distinction: Developing Low Carbon Communities
Master of Science with Distinction: Electrical Engineering
Master of Science with Distinction: Engineering (General)
Master of Science with Distinction: Mechanical Engineering
Master of Science with Distinction: Sustainable Energy Solutions
Master of Science: Developing Low Carbon Communities
Post Graduate Diploma with Distinction: Developing Low Carbon Communities
Post Graduate Certificate with Distinction: Equine Leadership and Management
Post Graduate Certificate with Distinction: Sustainable Energy Solutions
Post Graduate Certificate: Psychology Conversion
Post Graduate Certificate: Equine Leadership and Management
Post Graduate Certificate: Teaching Qualification Further Education
Honours Degree, First Class: Applied Music
Honours Degree, First Class: Environmental Science
Honours Degree, First Class: Applied Science
Honours Degree: Child and Youth Studies
Honours Degree: Computing
Honours Degree, First Class: Contemporary Film Making in the Highlands and Islands
Honours Degree: Contemporary Film Making in the Highlands and Islands
Honours Degree, First Class: Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
Honours Degree: Environmental Science
Honours Degree First Class: Equine Business Management
Honours Degree: Equine Business Management
Honours Degree First Class: Gaelic Scotland (Beginner)
Honours Degree: Golf Management
Honours Degree, First Class: Mechanical Engineering
Honours Degree: Psychology
Honours Degree: Professional Golf
Honours Degree: Sport and Fitness
Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary)
Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)
Ordinary Degree with Distinction: Business and Management
Ordinary Degree with Distinction: Creative Writing in the Highlands and Islands
Ordinary Degree: Child and Youth Studies
Ordinary Degree with Distinction: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Ordinary Degree: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Ordinary Degree: Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
Ordinary Degree: Equine Business Management
Ordinary Degree: Golf Management
Philippe De Rooij
Ordinary Degree: Health and Social Studies
Ordinary Degree with Distinction: Mechanical Engineering
Ordinary Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Ordinary Degree: Sport and Fitness
Diploma of Higher Education: Applied Music
Diploma of Higher Education: Professional Golf PGA
Diploma of Higher Education with Distinction: Mechanical Engineering
Diploma of Higher Education: Mechanical Engineering
Michael John Gunn
Diploma of Higher Education: Sport and Fitness
Higher National Diploma: Computer Science
Higher National Diploma: Engineering Systems
Certificate of Higher Education: Golf Management
Certificate of Higher Education: Child and Youth Studies
Certificate of Higher Education with Distinction: Contemporary Film Making in the Highlands and Islands
Certificate of Higher Education: Professional Golf
Certificate of Higher Education: Sport and Fitness
Higher National Certificate: Business
Higher National Certificate: Childhood Practice
Higher National Certificate: Computing
Higher National Certificate: Engineering Systems
Higher National Certificate: Equine Studies
Higher National Certificate: Game and Wildlife Management
Higher National Certificate: Music
Higher National Certificate: Professional Cookery
Higher National Certificate: Social Services
Higher National Certificate: Sound Production
City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma: Veterinary Nursing
Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 3: Social Services and Healthcare
Joseph Sabate Jephcote
Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 3: Social Services Children and Young People
Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 3: Beauty Therapy
Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 3: Hairdressing
Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 3: Hospitality Supervision and Leadership
Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 3: Professional Cookery