An exceptional student who didn’t let distance get in his way, studying from his former home in Aarhus, Denmark, has been named University of the Highlands and Islands Student of the Year.
William Frost (34) a postgraduate student is even hosting an international online conference today (Tuesday) to help other distance learners.
The Northern Studies Virtual Conference will give students who may not usually be able to take part in conferences the opportunity to do so. High-profile guest speakers from the UK and Europe will mix online with students listening to subjects as diverse as crime novels in the Hebrides to Scandinavian horror.
William, originally from Carnoustie in Angus, studied for his MLitt in Orkney and Shetland Studies by video conference and online.
He said: “I am extremely honoured to receive this award, and humbled by the achievements of my fellow students from the various academic partner colleges. I have been supported, encouraged and enabled to reach my potential thanks to the staff and students at the Centre for Nordic Studies UHI, all of whom I am indebted to.
“Studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands has shown me that it is through sharing and learning together that success is really achieved. It has been a wonderful experience and I would recommend it to anyone looking to study somewhere where academic excellence is combined with support and enthusiasm from both staff and students.”
Already the Orkney College UHI Student of the Year, one of the university’s 13 partners, William was the unanimous choice of the judges.
Professor Matthew MacIver, Chair of the University Court explained, “There were very impressive candidates for this year’s award and we congratulate them all. The judges had a difficult choice to make.
“We felt William’s experiences and achievements send out strong messages about the ability of Scotland’s new University to produce high academic standards, use modern technology as an effective teaching tool and attract international students. William is indeed a worthy winner and a fine ambassador for the University of the Highlands and Islands.”
William wins £400 and will be presented with his award at his graduation ceremony in St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall.