Induction day welcomes students to new term

Portree’s WHI College welcomed over 60 students this week as classes resumed following the summer holidays.

Students from Broadford and Auchtertyre also travelled to Portree for Tuesday’s induction day, taking part in a number of light-hearted activities including a “Bush Tucker Trial”, bridge-building, cake decorating and hairdressing challenges to help staff and students get to know each other. The new intake of students will study a variety of further education courses including art, construction, hairdressing, professional cookery as well as HNC and degree programmes.

In all, more than 400 new and continuing full time students will join the college this week across 10 centres.

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Students and staff celebrate the start of the new academic year Photo: Simon Larson

Principal and chief executive Lydia Rohmer was in Portree to welcome students, commenting: “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.

“New for this year, the college has introduced two further degree programmes: BA (Hons) Marine and Coastal Tourism and BA (Hons) Adventure Performance and Coaching. These two degrees, together with a Masters in Ecotourism, are ensuring that West Highland College UHI is providing a unique and world class product to give our learners all the skills and qualifications for careers in the fastest growing tourism sectors of adventure and marine tourism, both in Scotland and around the world.”