Media graduate receives SMO’s top student honour

Top Student: Laura Macleannan
Top Student: Laura Macleannan

LAURA MacLennan from Barvas in Lewis not only picked up her first class honours degree, BA (Hons) Gaelic and Media Studies, at this year’s graduation, but also her award after being named Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s Student of the Year.

Laura was commended for both her outstanding academic achievements and her passion and commitment to the Gaelic language and culture during her time at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI.

Mike Cormack, Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Gaelic and Media Studies, said: “Laura was an excellent student, doing well in all types of work.

“In her final year she carried out an audience research project, made a radio programme, wrote essays on documentary films and also completed her honours thesis on language policy in the media. Each piece of work was exceptionally good.”

Laura’s lecturer, Morag Stewart, added: “Laura’s work in her final year has been exceptional, with A grades for all of her assessments. As a native Gaelic speaker, she is very committed to the language and is happy to demonstrate this in class and on campus.

“She has been an excellent role model for students and her dedication to the language and culture is a great example to Gaelic learners and fluent speakers both on campus and further afield.”

Laura said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been named as the Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI student of the year and it was a very nice surprise to have won it.

“ I have thoroughly enjoyed my past four years in Skye and was very lucky to have had the best lecturers for both Gaelic and media studies. It was a great way to see out my last year at Sabhal Mòr.”

With the BA (Hons) Gaelic and Media Studies students are taught both Gaelic and media related subjects with a view to equipping them for a career in media.

The media studies elements are principally theoretical in nature. They aim to raise students’ awareness of the cultural, social, political and technological contexts within which the media operates, with special regard to broadcasting, internet and film.

Students also undertake practical projects using up-to-date digital technology, leading to a better understanding of the implementation of theory as well as preparing them for employment.