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RSFS recognises forestry student of the year

Murray Harper receiving prize from Rob Pimm RSFS Northern Region Chai

At the Inverness UHI Student Awards Ceremony 2018 held on 21st June, Scottish School of Forestry student Murray Harper from near Oban was named as Top Student Forestry Further Education 2018.  Murray is shown here with Chris O'Neill, Principal Inverness College UHI and Rod Pimm, RSFS North Region Chair.  He was presented with a certificate and £100 prize money, sponsored by the Royal Scottish Forestry Society (RSFS).

Presenting the prize, RSFS North Region Chair, Rod Pimm said:

"The Royal Scottish Forestry Society is delighted to sponsor the award winner. Murray has shown considerable commitment managing studies, work and family life this past year. It's so important to have enthusiastic and able people like him joining the forest sector.  We wish him, and indeed all his fellow students in the Scottish School of Forestry, a successful future career in forestry."

Receiving his prize, Murray commented:

“I really enjoyed my first year at college, especially the practical work, and winning FE student of the year and RSFS sponsorship for my efforts was a nice surprise. I have already put the money towards new chainsaw boots. After a successful first year, I would like to continue my studies and progress to HNC/D and I will also be keeping my eyes open for jobs local to home within the industry. I would like to thank my partner Adele who has been working and looked after kids and house while I am away, and also my pal Tim who was kind enough to put me up during term time. Without these two people it would not have been possible.”

Murray is a time served boat builder from the Isle of Seil just south of Oban, making a career change after around 15 years boat work. Forestry was an obvious choice, he says, as he loves being active and outdoors and spending time in the woods walking with his new son and dog. This has been a big change as he has had to split his week between Inverness and Oban, studying and heading home on days off. While at home he looks after the house and son as well as doing occasional boat repairs to get some cash.

The award reflects the good relationship between Royal Scottish Forestry Society and the Scottish School of Forestry.  RSFS visited the School as part of the Annual Excursion in May this year and was most impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of the staff and the students.  

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