Students’ achievements recognised

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SAMS UHI celebrated the achievements of 21 undergraduate students on its BSc Marine Science Degree in the same week a record high 39 new students arrived to join the course.

The students are pictured with SAMS UHI Director Professor Nicholas Owens and University of the Highlands and Islands Vice Principal Professor Neil Simco.

The graduation ceremony, at Oban’s Argyllshire Gathering Halls last Friday, also marked the presentation of six PhD awards and 17 Masters Degree Awards, including the first two University of the Highlands and Islands PhD awards.

Former BBC Newsnight science editor and SAMS trustee Susan Watts gave this year’s keynote address and the honour of mace bearer was given to Dr Jordan Grigor, a 2010 graduate of SAMS UHI who has since returned as an Arctic scientist.

This year’s prizewinners were: Johanna Fehling Memorial Prize, best published paper by a PhD student – Jacob Bentley; Prize for Best ACES Dissertation – Mary Arnaldo; SAMS Board Award for Academic Excellence – Simon von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha; SAMS Overall Achievement Award – Alistair Walker; Tim Boyd Prize for Polar Science – Frederick Fleet; SAMS UHI Student of the Year – Eleanor Lawrie; Sporting Blues Awards – Joe Penhaul-Smith and Iain Walsingham and Highlands and Islands Students’ Association Sports Club of the Year – UHI Wind and Wave Club.