Industry body recognises Inverness student

A Ross-shire graduate has picked up an industry award for being the highest-scoring psychology student at the University of the Highlands and Islands.


Tommy Watkin, 23, is from Dingwall and received the award from the British Psychological Society (BPS). The BPS honours top-scoring students each year at universities across the UK. His prize includes a book, a full year’s membership and a certificate marking his achievement.


Tommy graduated after completing the four-year online degree through Inverness College UHI. He was recognised for his commitment to his studies and the high quality of his dissertation, which explored the personality traits and problem-solving abilities of students and professionals working in computer science and psychology.


Tommy said: “I found psychology fascinating at secondary school and knew that I wanted to take it further because of the variety it offered in terms of both areas of study and careers. The online format of the course worked really well for me too as it meant I could be flexible with my study time and fit it around other commitments.


“I’m really pleased to have won this year’s BPS award – it is the perfect way to mark four years’ hard work and it will really help me stand out as I progress my career.”


Tommy’s lecturer, Eleanor Rutherford, said: “Tommy has consistently demonstrated a high level of commitment to understanding his subject and he cares deeply about the contribution research can make to improving peoples’ lives.


“He is a very deserving winner of the BPS award, and we wish him all the best of luck in his career going forward.”

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