Fort college shortlisted for award

University of the Highlands and Islands.

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West Highland College UHI, Fort Wililliam, has been recognised in the shortlist for this year’s Tes FE Awards.

Celebrating the most outstanding individuals and institutions the further education sector has to offer in the UK, the shortlist reveals the Lochaber base joins North Highland College UHI and Inverness College UHI as candidates for ‘Virtual School, Virtually Anywhere’ in the category ‘Outstanding use of technology in delivering remote teaching and learning’ award.

Fiona Grant, Director of Academic Affairs at West Highland College UHI, explained: ‘Virtual School, Virtually Anywhere is an innovative and sustainable tri-partnership initiative that delivers high quality remote learning and teaching across the UK’s largest council area.

‘Three colleges from the University of the Highlands and Islands and 29 high schools serve these remote and rural communities where many schools have less than 200 pupils.

‘Several years ago, senior pupils had a limited choice of curriculum compared with those elsewhere in Scotland and some pupils endured lengthy travel to attend college courses.

‘Colleges, working with the local authority, developed Virtual School which now delivers more than 20 qualifications to pupils based anywhere in the Highlands.’

Virtual School provides an accessible and inclusive curriculum designed for remote delivery which seamlessly continued when the country went into lockdown in March 2020.

Tes Head of Further Education Julia Belgutay said: ‘Further education providers have excelled in what has been a truly challenging year and the amazing individuals, teams and institutions on our Tes FE Awards shortlist showcase that.

‘Our judges were highly impressed with the calibre of entries and I want to congratulate
everyone who has made the shortlist. It is a brilliant achievement.’

Going up against the UHI group in the Outstanding Use of Technology category are: Basingstoke College of Technology, ELATT, Grimsby Institute, Milton Keynes College
Oldham College, The Deaf Academy and Weston College.

After a successful online awards ceremony last year, Tes FE is once again holding this year’s event virtually. Winners will be announced on Friday May 28.

To see the full list of awards and nominees and to reserve a free place, visit