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Timon Bujok (left) and Matthew Robertson (right), who are the joint winners of the STEM scholarship.

TWO Anderson High School pupils have been awarded an annual scholarship designed to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects.

Timon Bujok and Matthew Robertson are the first joint winners of the scholarship, which is organised by Joe Leask of Oil and Gas UK.

Timon said it was a “pleasure to go through the process and enhance my skills for the future ahead of me in the oil and gas industry”.

Matthew, who is planning to head into the marine biology sector, said he is “excited about the doors that this scholarship could open in the future.”

Both winners will now also join the STEM scholarship network, which meets quarterly to provide mentorship and share experiences.

SHETLAND Recreational Trust has bid farewell to a long-serving member of staff in Unst.

Malcolm Spence joined the trust in August 1990 and he worked as a handyman and groundskeeper for the Unst and Yell leisure centres.

He also undertook monthly water testing at other trust sites.

Malcolm was presented with a gift at a small ceremony on 30 June.

SHETLAND has the highest proportion of long-term vacant houses in Scotland, according to new research.

A study from Admiral said the rate of empty houses in Shetland was 56.7 per 1,000.

The research claims that the value of properties which have stood empty for two to five years in Shetland is £33,165,000.

NEARLY 40,000 people have signed an open letter to UK prime minster Boris Johnson expressing concern about plans for an oil field west of Shetland.

The worries are around the Cambo field, which is located roughly 80 miles to the northwest of the isles and contains around 800 million barrels of oil.

Campaign group Friends of the Earth said the “climate impacts of opening this new oil field would be devastating”.

Meanwhile EnQuest has confirmed it has acquired the entire equity interest in the licence containing the Bentley heavy-oil discovery some 90 miles east of Shetland.

LIVE comedy will be back in Shetland for the first time since before the coronavirus pandemic this weekend.

Marjolein Robertson and friends will take to the stage at Mareel on Saturday at 1.30pm.

Tickets can be bought online.

THE DATES for the Orkney 2025 Island Games have been announced.

The games will take place between 12 and 18 July 2025.

Orkney had been due to host the Games in July 2023 but the schedule was put back two years due to the pandemic.