First ded­i­cated stu­dent ‘digs’ at col­lege

The Oban Times - - News -

THE FIRST ded­i­cated stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion in Fort Wil­liam will be ready by Septem­ber next year.

Work was due to start this week on the 40-bed cen­tre at An Aird for stu­dents of West High­land Col­lege UHI.

Ly­dia Rohmer, prin­ci­pal and chief ex­ec­u­tive of West High­land Col­lege UHI, wel­comed the pro­ject: ‘The build­ing of a ded­i­cated stu­dent res­i­dence in Fort Wil­liam un­der­lines our con­tin­ued de­ter­mi­na­tion to make Fort Wil­liam a univer­sity town of the High­lands and Is­lands, pro­vid­ing lo­cal op­por­tu­ni­ties with na­tional and in­ter­na­tional reach. The ma­jor­ity of stu­dents are lo­cated in our Fort Wil­liam cam­pus, so hav­ing stu­dent res­i­dences is an in­te­gral part of our abil­ity to at­tract tal­ented learn­ers into the area.’

John Hutchi­son, chair­man of the col­lege’s board of man­age­ment, add- ed: ‘The sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion which this pro­ject will bring to Fort Wil­liam through con­struc­tion, on­go­ing build­ing man­age­ment, the in­creased num­ber of stu­dents it will at­tract and the greater skills lev­els within our work­force can only be good.’

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