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Tributes after Inverness College UHI lecturer dies in climbing accident near Ullapool

By Andrew Dixon

Ewan Lyons.
Ewan Lyons.

TRIBUTES have been paid to an Inverness College UHI lecturer who has died in a climbing accident.

Ewan Lyons (50) died at Beinn Dearg, near Ullapool, earlier this month.

A spokeswoman for the college said: "It is with much shock and sadness that we pay tribute to our architectural technology lecturer Ewan Lyons, who lost his life in a climbing accident.

"Ewan joined Inverness College UHI as a mature student in 2010, studying HNC construction management before progressing to our BSc (Hons) architectural technology. He went on to gain his Chartered status before joining the college as a part-time lecturer on the programme in 2014.

"It was his experience as a student which gave Ewan a special affinity with his students. He was a hard-working and calm lecturer, widely respected by staff, students and the close-knit construction industry. He will be missed for his upbeat manner, bright conversations and his determination to always put the student experience first.

"In his spare time Ewan loved venturing outdoors and he was an accomplished climber and hillwalker. He had a particular interest in building conservation and enjoyed spending his summer months on the hillside repairing old bothies.

"He will be a massive loss to Inverness College UHI as well as the wider climbing and hillwalking community. Our thoughts are very much with his friends and family.

"Ewan's funeral will take place tomorrow, although attendance is now restricted due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Rest in peace."

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