Student of the year

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Argyll College UHI Student of the year 2021

Congratulations to all students entered to our annual Student of the Year Awards and thank you to the staff who took time to submit these nominations.  

This year more than ever, our judges have been delighted to read about the rich and diverse range of students who make up the Argyll College UHI student community. We are extremely proud of all students who have persevered with their studies through extremely challenging circumstances, and these awards are a way of celebrating your efforts.

The criteria for the awards was deliberately left loose to allow scope for a variety of entries for numerous reasons which could include: academic or personal achievement, overcoming exceptional hardships in order to achieve, or exceptional contribution to the student community.

The judging panel included members of the college’s Board of Directors and Senior Management and we are pleased to announce our FE (Further Education) winner and HE (Higher Education) winner, who have each received a prize of £100 and trophy.

We also make awards to our Schools Link students - senior phase students undertaking a college course as part of their school timetable. We will normally select a winner for each High School and an overall Argyll winner. All winners will receive a certificate and trophy and the overall winner will also receive a £50 retail voucher.

2021 winners

Higher Education Student of the Year 2021 – John Frace

HE Student of the Year 2021, John Frace

Dunoon student, John Frace has been named as Argyll College UHI’s Higher Education Student of the Year 2021 in recognition of his voluntary work in creating and maintaining Scotland’s Coronavirus Tracker website. The judges of the award felt that John’s tireless commitment over the last 16 months, totalling over 1,500 hours work alongside his full-time degree studies, really deserved recognition.

In March last year, John created Scotland’s Coronavirus Tracker website which has now attracted 1.5 million users, and at the height of lockdown had over 1,000 people logging on every day for the 3pm update. John’s Twitter following has exploded to 22,800 followers, including Professors Devi Shridhar, Jason Leitch, Linda Bauld, and the First Minister.

Argyll College UHI Principal, Martin Jones, said, "John’s commitment to providing easily accessible and bang up to date information on the regional coronavirus situation is exceptional. He is an inspiring young man, and I am delighted that we are able to recognise his contribution in this way. I’m also looking forward to buying John a real, rather than virtual, cup of coffee."

Further Education Student of the Year 2021 – Sharna Evitts

FE Student of the Year 2021, Sharna Evitts

Helensburgh student Sharna Evitts has just completed the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) Access to Nursing course, and lecturers describe her as an “exemplary SWAP student.”

After a difficult time at school, Sharna had tried her hand at multiple career paths but was never truly fulfilled. Wanting to make a real difference to people’s lives, she began working as a carer, never thinking her ambition of becoming a nurse would be possible.  

Despite a long break from education, mum of two Sharna, applied to the Access to Nursing course. She has shown commitment and determination to complete the challenging programme whilst fulfilling additional caring responsibilities and being a key worker during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sharna was nominated by not one, but two of her lecturers, Linda Brown and Margaret Eccles. Now ready for the next stage of her studies, Sharna has been accepted on to the Adult Nursing programme at the University of the West of Scotland. We wish her the best of luck with her studies and future career.

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