New UHI North Highland Director of Learning and Teaching welcomes positive results from Education Scotland

A satisfactory outcome was awarded to UHI North Highland at their recent progress visit from Education Scotland.

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Tom Duff, Director of Learning and Teaching at UHI North Highland

The outcome highlighted their dedication and commitment to curriculum and learner engagement throughout the pandemic and its alignment to a new strategic plan for the period, 2021 – 2025.  

Principal Debbie Murray said, “We are delighted with the result which is a testament to the quality and dedication of all of our staff.  Areas of positive practice include the enhancement of blended learning approaches which have been very successful during the pandemic, a must for a rural college and university.”

The report was published as the UHI campus, with centres in Thurso, Halkirk, Dornoch and Alness, welcomed a new Director of Learning and Teaching, Mr Tom Duff.

Tom, has had a number of senior education leadership roles as Associate Director of the Learning & Teaching Academy at City of Glasgow College and Head of UWS London campus. Commenting on the report and his new role, Tom said, “The report reaffirms areas where UHI North Highland have identified for development principally adapting learning & teaching to deliver for a new hybrid learning landscape.”

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Notes to editors

A progress visit assesses the progress that a college has made against its action plan and is evidenced through staff and student focus groups and discussions alongside various evidence reports. Following this, the assessing team form a view to whether a college has made satisfactory progress or not satisfactory progress against its action plans. 

The progress visit explored five overarching themes linked to the college’s enhancement plan and priorities around COVID-19 recovery. The themes were: Curriculum, Learning, teaching and assessment; Services to support learning; Learner engagement; Evaluation approaches; and Learner progress and outcomes.