Principal of North Highland College UHI Announces Retirement in September
12th August 2020
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.
During his tenure, North Highland College UHI has achieved a number of notable firsts across Scotland:
The delivery of the country's first professional golf degree based in Sutherland, and establishing a formal partnership with the Professional Golf Association (PGA) which has led to recognition of this degree by the PGA and enabled the first delivery of training for PGA Golf Professionals in Scotland
In association with HIE, established Scotland’s first Newton Room on the College’s Thurso Campus in Caithness
in association with the Caithness Chamber of Commerce, supported the creation of the first Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) regional group in the Highlands, one of the first in Scotland.
An instrumental figure of the establishment of both Argyll and West Highland College UHI which North Highland College UHI continues to share a close link, Mr MacBeath is the current Chair of the Partnership Planning Forum of the University of the Highlands & Islands (UHI).
Chair of the North Highland College UHI Board of Management, Blair Sandison, commented "Donald has been an exemplary leader and advocate for the college and the role it plays supporting the educational and social ambitions across the large community that it serves. In these difficult times, Donald’s energy and enthusiasm has been instrumental in ensuring the college continued to deliver professional, high quality education throughout the Covid19 crisis. Donald will be missed by us all and we wish him a long, happy and healthy retirement".
The North Highland College UHI, Board of Management will oversee the process to appoint a successor to Mr Donald MacBeath and this post will be advertised in due course after consultation with College staff, students and external stakeholders.
Lews Castle College UHI, North Highland College UHI and West Highland College UHI align to unlock new opportunities for students, staff and local communities in the Highlands and Islands. Three colleges are involved in a strategic project that seeks to bring together Lews Castle College UHI, North Highland College UHI and West Highland College UHI.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.