University of the Highlands and Islands: Inverness student wins university nursing award

An Inverness student has been named as the winner of the 2021 University of the Highlands and Islands Chancellor’s Nursing Award. Andrew Jupp (49) from Tain, who is set to graduate with a BSc nursing degree with distinction later this year, was recognised for his academic excellence, compassionate nature and determination to succeed.

Established in 2020, the annual award is presented on behalf of the university’s Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal. Andrew was nominated for this year’s award by his personal academic tutor, Anne Leiper. She explained:

“Andy has consistently achieved excellent marks for his academic work and has been a role model to fellow students. He has done exceptionally well in balancing caring commitments for his wife and children, while undertaking his degree.

“During his studies, Andy worked in a variety of hospital and community settings and undertook a COVID-19 emergency clinical placement, providing him with experience of nursing during a pandemic. Andy’s mentors have reported very positively on his conduct, level of professionalism and non-judgemental manner. Andy is a kind, warm and caring student, who has a good degree of maturity that enables him to work effectively and compassionately, especially in challenging situations.

“Andy was awarded a Carnegie Vacation Scholarship in 2020 and carried out a research project investigating the attitudes of staff and students in the university’s department of nursing and midwifery on LGBT+ patients. The research will contribute to curriculum development and ensuring future nurses work with this patient group in an inclusive manner.”

Andrew, who is currently on his final clinical placement in Invergordon, will receive £100 and an engraved glass award to mark his success. Speaking about his award, he said: “I’m delighted to receive this award. The last three years have been lots of work but very rewarding. Now I’m excited to get out into clinic practice and start working.”

The other students who were nominated for the award were Joanna Shepherd from Dornoch, Natalie Roska from Inverness, Lorraine MacDonald from Dalcross, Eilidh Thomas from Inverness, Linsey Stanyer from Tain and Olivia Phillips from Rosemarkie. Olivia was highly commended and all other nominees were commended.