North Highland College UHI shortlisted in two national learning awards

North Highland College UHI, West Highland College UHI and Inverness College UHI are finalists in the College Development Network (CDN) awards and The Herald Digital Transformation for their innovative school-college collaboration, Virtual Schools, Virtual Anywhere.

The College is also celebrating that Learner Engagement Coordinator, Lindsay Henderson, has been named a finalist in the CDN Colleague of the Year.

Anne Bremner, Director of Learning and Teaching at North Highland College UHI, said: “We are very proud that our staff have been recognised for their hard work and innovation by being shortlisted for both the Herald Digital Transformation Awards and the College Development Network Digital Learning Award for our Virtual School, Virtually Anywhere programme, which we deliver in collaboration with West Highland College UHI and Inverness College UHI.  Young people across the Highlands and Islands, located in remote rural areas, have been taught by staff experienced in digital pedagogical techniques and benefitted from shared, collaborative learning with peers through the innovative use of digital learning platforms and resources.  

We are equally proud that one of our colleagues has been shortlisted for the College Development Network award for College Colleague of the Year for the unstinting support they provided to staff and students, during the last 18 months, when the college had to deal with the extensive challenges of operating within Covid restrictions.   

Our staff are dedicated to providing the best learning opportunities and outcomes for our students, so we are so delighted that these nominations have raised the profile of the college, its staff and students, and that our staff have received national recognition of their work.”  

The ‘Virtual Schools, Virtual Anywhere’ initiative recognises the Colleges’ use of digital technology to deliver courses to S4, S5 and S6 pupils in remote and rural areas across the Highland Council region.  

The Virtual School (VS) is a collaboration between the three colleges, Highland Council and the 29 High Schools in their geographical area and is designed to ensure that pupils living in remote and rural areas have access to a wider curriculum choice and high quality, interactive learning experience using digital technologies.

College, school and council staff developed a common, Highland-wide, timetable to allow more and more pupils to engage without affecting their other subjects in the way that travelling to college for a day might have done in the past. A range of around 20 subjects are available including Business Skills, Computing, Music Business and Aquaculture as well as Foundation Apprenticeships in a range of disciplines.

CDN Awards 2021

Herald finalists