Maree Todd highlights 'exceptional' response to pandemic by North Highland College UHI

Maree Todd highlights 'exceptional' response to pandemic by North Highland College UHI

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Caithness, Sutherland and Ross MSP Maree Todd (front, left) at the Alness campus with (from left) tutors Barry Mackay and Peter Noble, Blair Sandison, chairman of the board of management, tutor Diana Macleod and principal Debbie Murray.

North MSP Maree Todd has praised North Highland College UHI for its "exceptional" response to the Covid-19 pandemic and highlighted how the opportunities it provides will be vital in tackling depopulation.

She was speaking after a visit this week to the college's Alness campus, which offers courses specialising in the creative industries and health, education and social care sectors.

Ms Todd, the SNP MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, said: “It was great to visit North Highland College’s campus in Alness on Monday to hear how they have coped throughout the pandemic.

“The past year has forced us to adapt to new ways of working and learning, so it was interesting to hear first-hand from tutors how students have been engaging remotely and how they have adapted to deliver in-person teaching safely.

“It’s clear that North Highland College’s exceptional response to Covid-19 has been down to the determination and resilience of staff and students.”

North Highland College UHI provides higher and further education programmes from its campuses at Thurso, Halkirk and Dornoch as well as Alness.

Debbie Murray, the college's recently appointed principal, said: “Working in partnership is at the heart of the North Highland College UHI strategy and we are truly excited to stand beside all our regional allies to make sure that, together, we keep building exciting opportunities for our young people.”

Ms Todd added: “It was fantastic to hear from Debbie Murray about the college’s continued commitment to working collectively with employers and stakeholders across the region to bring training opportunities to our young people. This will be vital in helping to tackle depopulation and attracting people to live and work in the north Highlands.

“I look forward to working closely with Debbie and the team at North Highland College UHI and supporting students throughout the constituency.”