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Virtual school initiative gains national recognition
Three colleges in the University of the Highlands and Islands partnership have been recognised with a national award for their use of technology to deliver courses to secondary school pupils in remote and rural areas across the Highland Council region.   West Highland College UHI, North Highland College UHI and Inverness College UHI were named winners of the ‘Outstanding Use of Technology in Delivering Remote Teaching and Learning' Award at the Tes FE Awards on Friday 28 May 2021.  
Carbon Planet: a journey into the science of peatlands - An online lectureThumbnail for article : Carbon Planet: a journey into the science of peatlands - An online lecture
Professor Roxane Andersen's free, public seminar on 2nd of June - World Peatlands Day (at 4 pm).  The online talk will explore the science of peatlands, touching on subjects including climate change, biodiversity and restoration.  
University forges new links with Icelandic communityThumbnail for article : University forges new links with Icelandic community
The University of the Highlands and Islands has embarked on a new initiative to promote closer connections between communities in the Highlands and Islands and Iceland.  The university has signed an agreement with representatives from Múlaþing, a municipality in east Iceland.  
Researchers trial assessing renewable energy sites with dronesThumbnail for article : Researchers trial assessing renewable energy sites with drones
Researchers in the north of Scotland and Wales are trialling a new method of measuring tidal currents which could revolutionise the marine renewables industry.  The project, led by scientists from the University of the Highlands and Islands, will use drones to film the movement of water then apply algorithms to determine its speed.  
University Of Highland And Islands Is Ten Years OldThumbnail for article : University Of Highland And Islands Is Ten Years Old
The University of the Highlands and Islands partnership is celebrating its tenth birthday today (Monday 1 February), the same day it welcomes its new Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Todd Walker.   Professor Todd Walker will join the university from Australia, where he has worked in multi-campus, regional universities for over 20 years.  
High Life Highland swimming provision bounces backThumbnail for article : High Life Highland swimming provision bounces back
High Life Highland is continuing its bounceback campaign with additional swimming provision planned during September and October.   Graeme Ross, Principal Facilities Manager said, "In getting our locations reopen, our priority was, and continues to be to make our premises safe and welcoming for customers and staff.  
Educators To Address Attainment Gap With Equity WeekThumbnail for article : Educators To Address Attainment Gap With Equity Week
 Education specialists from across the North-east, North and West of Scotland are to deliver a week-long series of digital professional learning events for teachers and practitioners from the end of September as part of a drive to increase awareness about child poverty in Scotland and the impact this has on learning.   Led by the Northern Alliance (Regional lmprovement Collaborative for the area's eight local authorities) in collaboration with Education Scotland, Promoting Equity Week will run from Monday 28 September.  
SQA Results In Highland - 5000 increases in grade across all schools
On Tuesday 11 August 2020, Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, announced in the Scottish Parliament a change to the way that SQA results would be decided.   In some cases, the moderation process carried out by the SQA during July and August had meant that candidates might be awarded a lower or higher grade than their teacher had estimated.  
Principal of North Highland College UHI Announces Retirement in SeptemberThumbnail for article : Principal of North Highland College UHI Announces Retirement in September
The Principal and Chief Executive of North Highland College UHI has announced his intention to the Board of Management to retire from his post on September 30th 2020.   Mr Donald MacBeath, a native to Caithness, has held a number of positions across the college, starting as a lecturer in the mid 1980's and progressing to Assistant Principal and Vice Principal before accepting his post as College Principal in June 2014.  
SQA Results - Downgraded Results Scrapped; Qualifications To Be Based On Teacher JudgementThumbnail for article : SQA Results - Downgraded Results Scrapped; Qualifications To Be Based On Teacher Judgement
Pupils whose results were downgraded by the SQA are to receive new grades based solely on teacher estimates.   The SQA's alternative certification model was put in place after exams were cancelled due to coronavirus (COVID-19).  
Education improvement in Highland exceeds national trendsThumbnail for article : Education improvement in Highland exceeds national trends
The improving trend of attainment is continuing in Highland as demonstrated by the SQA results published today.   Attainment in Highland schools has risen against all key indicators and improvement is also around 2% above national levels of improvement.  
Planning for re-opening schools safely
Advice on physical distancing and school transport published.   Scientific advice for the safe re-opening of schools and resumption of school transport has been published today (Thursday 16 July).  
Wellbeing of pupils to be prioritised
Guidance for education authorities and teachers published for next academic year.   New guidance will help teachers and councils prepare for the ‘blended model' of both classroom and home learning when schools re-open in August.  
North Highland College UHI - Corona Virus UpdateThumbnail for article : North Highland College UHI - Corona Virus Update
Updates for students, staff and visitors Update March 17: North Highland College UHI is to suspend the delivery of face to face teaching from close of business today, Tuesday 17 March at 5pm, moving to the delivery of teaching and learning online to help reduce the risk of spread of coronavirus within our communities.  Students local course leaders will be in touch to explain how this will affect students directly and to communicate how they plan to continue teaching and assessment arrangements.  
College And JGC Engineering Support Apprenticeship Opportunities In CaithnessThumbnail for article : College And JGC Engineering Support Apprenticeship Opportunities In Caithness
Aspiring engineers in the north highlands will benefit from a new apprenticeship pathway developed by North Highland College UHI and JGC Engineering.  The new pathway has been created to promote the value of employer engagement and the benefit of the skills, learning and experience gained at college.  
New Apprenticeship Hub to Support North Highland CommunitiesThumbnail for article : New Apprenticeship Hub to Support North Highland Communities
North Highland College UHI and Developing the Young Workforce North Highland (DYW) initiative, led by Caithness Chamber of Commerce, have signed a partnership agreement to formalise their new initiative, The Apprenticeship Hub.   The initiative aims to create a collaborative approach between North Highland College UHI and Developing the Young Workforce North Highland to support growth in the apprenticeship family to benefit the Caithness and Sutherland economy.  
North Highland College No Plans Yet In Place To Deal With Serious Financial ProblemsThumbnail for article : North Highland College No Plans Yet In Place To Deal With Serious Financial Problems
Colleges' financial challenges increase.   The Audit Scotland report published today (4th June 2019) shows North Highland college is only one of several colleges not to have any financial plan in place to deal with a growing deficit.  
3/4/2019
Helcat Monthly Training - April/MayThumbnail for article : Helcat Monthly Training - April/May
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First Newton Room In The UK Is Officially Opened In ThursoThumbnail for article : First Newton Room In The UK Is Officially Opened In Thurso
The first Norwegian style learning centre in the UK was officially opened in Thurso today Monday 25th March 2019.   Newton Rooms are designed to inspire more young people to become interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and encourage them to study these subjects in school and beyond.  
Scottish Apprenticeship Events in Thurso and WickThumbnail for article : Scottish Apprenticeship Events in Thurso and Wick
North Highland college have two information evenings next week for Scottish Apprenticeship week to promote the Foundation Apprenticeships available to pupils in Thurso and Wick at North Highland College UHI.   Entry is FREE..