Student of the year

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UHI Argyll Student of the Year 2022

To celebrate the achievements of our students, we are pleased to announce that the 2022 Student of the Year Awards are now open and seeking nominations.

The criteria for the awards has been 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.


  • Schools Link Award - open to any student undertaking a schools link course with us in the current academic year. This includes NQs Skills for work courses and Foundation Apprenticeships.
  • Further Education - open to any full time or part time student undertaking an FE course of study (SCQF Level 6 or below) in the current academic year.
  • Higher Education - open to any full time or part time student undertaking an HE course of study ( SCQF Level 7 - 10) in the current academic year.

The FE & HE winners will each receive a prize of £100 and a certificate and trophy. For the Schools Link category, 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 voucher. 

Closing Dates

  • Schools Link Award – Wednesday 1st June 2022
  • FE & HE Awards –  extended to Friday 24th June 2022

If you would like to make a nomination, please complete the nomination form below and return it to with the subject title ‘Nomination for Student of the Year’.  


Schools Link Nomination Form 2022

HE & FE Nomination Form 2022


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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