North Highland College UHI ready for whatever the year brings

North Highland College UHI ready for whatever the year brings

It hasn’t been a typical year for North Highland College UHI, with additional online learning, student engagement and cyber incidents presenting many challenges. 

The college adapted to online technologies like Microsoft Teams and their own online learning system, Brightspace, to help with these challenges, and for many, they proved to be invaluable.

Practical classes such as cookery, hair and beauty, engineering and construction have also been able to continue, with the college making sure their health and safety procedures provided a safe environment for students.

Engineering Curriculum Leader, Liam Sutherland said “We have been able to deliver face-to-face practical classes under current restrictions by rotating class groups in smaller numbers. This has been successful and has allowed students to complete their courses on time. We have had to adapt to online classes to deliver our classroom taught units which worked well. We are very proud of the students and staff alike.

“Our practical delivery will be running as normal from September with a blended delivery for our theory units. I would encourage anyone who is unsure about studying with us to get in-touch. We have good progression routes available and industry links to employment.”

Students from the college’s healthcare courses were also provided with additional challenges this year but were only too happy to help when the industry was put under pressure.

Sarah Wilkinson, Curriculum Leader for Health and Social Services in Thurso said “Some of our students were able to help out either as volunteers or as part-time employees with hospital support and vaccination programmes.”

Curriculum Leader for Childhood Practice in Alness, Diana McLeod, said “We have seen many of our learners working on the front-line providing support in Health and Social Care settings in difficult and stressful situations. Some of our learners have also been working with children of key workers to allow them to continue to support our society during this pandemic.”

Diana continued “With the media highlighting the importance of key worker positions in healthcare areas, it is hoped that people who have never thought about a career in these areas, will now think about joining us to support the wider community. 

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