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ProjectScotland chief’s University of Stirling honour in Inverness


By Alasdair Fraser


James Jopling with degree.
James Jopling with degree.

A CHARITY volunteer’s 25 years of service were recognised with an honorary doctorate as more than 100 University of Stirling students graduated in Inverness.

ProjectScotland director James Jopling took his bow at the ceremony at Inverness Cathedral on Friday.

After his original graduation from university, Mr Joplin volunteered for Oxfam in Scotland before working across a whole range of causes benefitting thousands of people in the UK and beyond.

Mr Jopling said: “I was surprised and delighted. My life course was set by the learning, friends and experiences of Stirling and so to be acknowledged by the institution is remarkable. I’m truly honoured.”

In his leading role with ProjectScotland, he helps empower young people to play a positive role in communities through volunteering.

Students from the University’s faculties of health sciences and sport, natural sciences and social sciences received their academic awards during the ceremony.

The majority graduated with a BSc in Adult Nursing, which the University of Stirling has delivered in partnership in Inverness with the University of the Highlands and Islands.

University principal and vice-chancellor professor Gerry McCormac said: “Graduation is always a time of special celebration for our students before the next step in their journey. James Jopling epitomises Stirling’s aims and is an exemplary role model to our students.”



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