Stu­dents right back on course at West High­land Col­lege UHI

The Oban Times - - News -

MORE than 400 new and re­turn­ing stu­dents gath­ered in Fort Wil­liam last week for the in­duc­tion of West High­land Col­lege UHI.

New hon­ours sub­jects, marine and coastal tourism and ad­ven­ture per­for­mance and coach­ing, have proved pop­u­lar, pro­vid­ing what col­lege prin­ci­pal and chief ex­ec­u­tive, Ly­dia Rohmer, called ‘unique and world class’ ed­u­ca­tion.

Satel­lite cen­tres have also proved pop­u­lar, with more stu­dents choos­ing to study in Mal­laig, Portree and Auchter­tyre.

Ms Rohmer said: ‘It is my great plea­sure each year to welcome our new co­hort of stu­dents, whether it is for their first col­lege ex­pe­ri­ence fol­low­ing school, or for more ad­vanced study for un­der­grad­u­ate de­grees.

‘For the fifth con­sec­u­tive year we have in­creased the range of cour­ses on of­fer, rang­ing from ac­cess through to de­gree and mas­ters pro­grammes, and ever-larger num­bers of stu­dents are re­spond­ing to the fan­tas­tic learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties on of­fer on their doorstep.

‘Our hugely suc­cess­ful school of ad­ven­ture stud­ies at­tracts year on year more learn­ers from Scot­land, UK, Europe and be­yond to move into the West High­lands, recog­nis­ing that this is the best place in the UK to study out­door and ad­ven­ture sports and tourism.’

It wasn’t all work and no play for the new starts, as a range of fun ac­tiv­i­ties were of­fered in Fort Wil­liam’s Ne­vis Cen­tre, in­clud­ing sumo wrestling, bush tucker tri­als, trea­sure hunts and a sculp­ture-mak­ing chal­lenge.

Eleanor Brown, stu­dent ser­vices man­ager, said: ‘At West High­land Col­lege we try to en­sure that all our stu­dents en­joy the same learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence as far as is pos­si­ble. Due to the ge­o­graph­i­cal spread of our cen­tres we recog­nise that it is not al­ways prac­ti­ca­ble for stu­dents to at­tend our in­duc­tions in per­son, so this year we are us­ing web tech­nol­ogy to over­come this. A welcome video has been cre­ated by our prin­ci­pal and some of the other key in­duc­tion talks will be avail­able for our stu­dents on our web­site and on so­cial media, so our stu­dents can ac­cess them from wher­ever they are lo­cated.’

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