12/7/2016 11:00:50 AM News

Sam follows in the footsteps of the Class of 2015

Sam Black Uhi Student O F The Year 2016

Samuel Black (22) from Dunbar in East Lothian graduated from the Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI (SAMS UHI) earlier this year with a 1st class honours degree in marine science with Arctic studies. He was selected for the award in light of his exceptional academic work, his enthusiasm and his contributions to SAMS UHI, the surrounding area and his local community.

As well as achieving top grades throughout his four years at the Argyll-based institution, Sam also found time to set up a diving club, help children learn about the Arctic and take part in an extreme challenge to raise money for the charity, Breast Cancer Now.  


Speaking about becoming the University of the Highlands and Islands Student of the Year, Sam said: “I’m extremely honoured by the award and I’d like to thank all the staff and my fellow students at the Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI for their unrivalled help and support throughout my final year. I'm now studying an MSc in climate change at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, however SAMS UHI will always be my home university in my head and in my heart. You can take Sam out of SAMS, but you can’t take SAMS out of Sam.

Sam follows in the footsteps of the Class of 2015

A leading academic professor described the Honours Class of 2015 at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) UHI as the ‘most exceptional’ he has ever seen. Professor Geoffrey Boulton, a former Vice Principal of Edinburgh University, and current SAMS UHI President praised the 18 fourth year SAMS UHI students as he awarded the coveted Student of the Year prize to the entire class at the Dunstaffnage campus’ graduation ceremony.

The cohort of SAMS UHI students, gained 13 first class honours degrees and all five of those specialising in Artic Studies received firsts.

Professor Boulton, who has received the prestigious Founder’s Gold Medal from the Royal Geographical Society, said: “I have been teaching university students for more than 50 years and you are the most exceptional class I have known. You have all developed high technical level skills and you have developed the capacity and confidence to grapple with complexities without being overawed by them. We are proud of you."