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It was fantastic to see the work of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) recognised in the Guardian newspaper’s league table for earth and marine sciences this week.
The university was ranked eighth best in the country for the quality of teaching and satisfaction with courses in these subjects, higher than many long-established universities like Glasgow and just behind St Andrews.
Conceived as an innovative and inclusive way for people living in more remote areas to access high-quality learning up to degree level, West Highland College UHI is the academic partner of the university in Lochaber which provides these opportunities for students.
Many courses are delivered using a combination of online learning, video conferencing and tutorials that connect students with each other throughout the highlands and islands. Through this approach, courses run by UHI can be available to students at every campus. The flexibility this approach brings has made studying appealing to those combining education with work and/or family life.
Jessica MacDonald, Membership and Events Officer at Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, has recently finished the taught component of her postgraduate Master of Business Administration (MBA) through UHI.
Jessica was able to combine advanced level studying with her work at the chamber, bringing her business experience to classes and applying her learning in work.
Having the West Highland College UHI in Lochaber is a great benefit for our area, giving local people a huge range of options for study up to degree level, vocational courses and lifelong learning with outstanding support from college staff.
As active and engaged members of Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, West Highland College UHI can tap into the business community to promote the opportunities they offer and to get valuable feedback on business needs in the area.
Why not pop in to find out what they’ve got going on or visit https://www.whc.uhi.ac.uk/