A SHETLANDER has been named the University of the Highlands and Islands' higher education student of the year.
Rhea Kay, who is from Whalsay and studies at Shetland College UHI, recently completed the BA (hons) degree in contemporary textiles.
The 23-year-old had also recently picked up the Shetland College higher education student of the year prize.
"I feel quite overwhelmed, but also very grateful to have been awarded with these two awards," Kay said.
"As a creative, the chance to explore and develop my skills within such a supportive and inspiring place as Shetland has been really important to me both personally and professionally. A huge thank you to everyone who has helped me throughout the years!"
Contemporary textiles programme leader Faye Hackers said: "Rhea has been an excellent student - she is hard working, good in a team, has strong creative ideas and is focused on contemporary design trends.
"She's been recognised in national competitions, secured placements with commercial companies and represented the university at the New Designers Graduate Fair in London.
"She is also a great example of progression within the college, showing the opportunities available in Shetland, having come through our vocational programme while still at school, progressing onto our NC art and design course then graduating with a first class honours degree."