Stu­dent rooms ready next month

The Oban Times - - West Highland Times -

A £2.2M de­vel­op­ment pro­vid­ing 40 en­suite bed­rooms for West High­land Col­lege UHI stu­dents is al­most com­plete.

Con­trac­tor Robert­son North­ern has con­firmed doors will open on the three-storey de­vel­op­ment, on Ca­manachd Cres­cent, An Aird, Fort Wil­liam, next month.

Frank Reid, re­gional di­rec­tor of Robert­son North­ern, said: ‘De­spite ex­tremely chal­leng­ing weather con­di­tions in re­cent weeks we have reached this im­por­tant stage in the de­vel­op­ment in good time, mean­ing stu­dents can be con­fi­dent of mov­ing into their new ac­com­mo­da­tion in time for the new aca­demic year.’

Ci­ty­heart is the de­vel­oper be­hind the new ac­com­mo­da­tion block and manag- ing di­rec­tor Mark McNamee said: ‘The de­vel­op­ment is par­tic­u­larly ex­cit­ing for the town and will de­liver a boost to the lo­cal econ­omy by en­sur­ing stu­dents have state- of-the-art ac­com­mo­da­tion.’

Ly­dia Rohmer, Prin­ci­pal and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of West High­land Col­lege UHI, said: ‘The build­ing of a ded­i­cated stu­dent res­i­dence in Fort Wil­liam un­der­lines our con­tin­ued de­ter­mi­na­tion to make Fort Wil­liam a univer­sity town, pro­vid­ing lo­cal op­por­tu­ni­ties with na­tional and in­ter­na­tional reach.

‘We have around 200 stu­dents study­ing for Higher Ed­u­ca­tion qual­i­fi­ca­tions at present and this num­ber is pro­jected to rise to 300 over the next three years.

‘The ma­jor­ity of these 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 from Scot­land, the rest of UK, Europe and be­yond.

‘ We have been highly suc­cess­ful in at­tract­ing more stu­dents year- on-year for our unique suite of out­door ad­ven­ture tourism and sports de­grees, pro­vid­ing a highly em­ploy­able grad­u­ate skills force.

‘Hav­ing in­tro­duced new de­grees in marine and coastal tourism and ad­ven­ture per­for­mance and coach­ing this year, to­gether with an in­creas­ing range and num­ber of fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses, means we can proudly claim to be of­fer­ing a truly in­spi­ra­tional learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence here in Fort Wil­liam for both in­ter­na­tional stu­dents and those from much closer to home.’

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