Shetland Unites for Graduation

Students and prizewinners were honoured for their academic achievements and dedication today (Wednesday 14 August) when Shetland College UHI and NAFC Marine Centre UHI, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, celebrated a unique graduation ceremony.

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Students, prize winners, staff and guests at the 2019 graduation ceremony.

Students and prizewinners were honored for their academic achievements and dedication today (Wednesday 14 August) when Shetland College UHI and NAFC Marine Centre UHI, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, celebrated a unique graduation ceremony.

Held at Mareel in Lerwick, the event saw a full auditorium packed with family and friends coming together will college staff and invited guests. The historic occasion brought together graduating further and higher education students from both colleges for the first time.

In this last year almost 330 students have completed studies, with many now in employment or embarking on further study.  Together Shetland College UHI and NAFC Marine Centre UHI offer an extensive range of courses.  These areas include Aquaculture, Business and Hospitality, Engineering, Computing, Maritime, Health and Care, Creative and Cultural Industries and Construction.

“Willie Shannon - NAFC Marine Centre UHI (Interim Director) said: “I am delighted to see so many of our students graduate today. It has been a year full of marvelous moments and this joint graduation with Shetland College UHI is a fitting pinnacle. Whilst we miss our students unable to make the celebrations today, we wish everyone a great success as they embark on international sea careers or pursue other on and off island employment or further study.”

The colleges’ partnership with industry is reflected in the fifteen business sponsored prizes.   Susan Berry, Shetland College UHI (Acting Principal) described the significance of these relationships for further and higher education students: “The support we receive from local business and industry is vital. It underlines that the qualifications being achieved are equipping our students for the future world of work. All our students should be proud of their achievements and can step forward with confidence in their abilities and skills.”

Awards were also presented to four UHI students of the year. NAFC UHI students of the year Alasdair Bendall (further education) and Huw Baxter (higher education) who are both deck cadets were at away at sea so unfortunately unable to attend.

Lailey Sinclair who has completed the NC in Child, Health and Social Care is the Shetland College UHI further education student of the year and Danny Gold who graduated with HNC in Computing is the Shetland College UHI higher education student of the year.

Rachel McLeod studying an HNC in Childhood Practice received the SQA local college prize with the Shetland Students’ Green Team named as the HISA Society of the Year.

ENDS

 

For more information contact:  Leanne.Gear@uhi.ac.uk or caroline.hepburn@uhi.ac.uk

 

Notes to Editors

  1. Images to follow from official graduation photographer Ben Mullay.

 

Prizewinners and Industry Sponsors

Award

Name

 

Sponsoring Company

 

FE Computing Student of the Year

Mary

Work

Mesomorphic

HE Computing Student of the Year

Danny

Gold

NB Communication

Business Student of the Year

Thomas

Mann

A9 Partnership

Accounting Student of the Year

Karen

Bannister

RSM UK

 

Hospitality Student of the Year

Meriley

Ibar

Business Gateway

 

MA Carpentry and Joinery Student of the Year

Billy James

Buggy

Gary Couper Memorial

Shield

 

HE Construction Student of the Year

Jake

Hand

Shetland Construction Training Group

ESOL Prize

Wadeaa

Almasri

Greig Seafood

Contemporary Textiles Student of the Year

Tomas

Toth

Jamieson and Smith Shetland Wool Brokers

 

Professional Practice Prize

Rebecca

Baxter

Jamieson and Smith Shetland Wool Brokers

Exhibition Award

Susan

Pearson

 

Shetland Wool Week

NC Art and Design Student of the Year

Morag

Thomson

Shetland Art and Craft Association

Fine Art Student of the Year

Katie

Leask

Shetland Amenity Trust

 

 Subject

 

Name

 

HNC Childhood Practice

SQA Prize

Rachel

McLeod

 

Students of the Year

Further Education Student of the Year Shetland College UHI

Lailey Sinclair, NC Child, Health and Social Care

Further Education of the Year NAFC Marine Centre UHI

Alasdair Bendall, NC Shipping and Maritime Operations

Higher Education Student of the Year Shetland College UHI

Danny Gold, HNC Computing

Higher Education Student of the Year NAFC Marine Centre UHI

Huw Baxter, HNC Nautical Science