MSP Alasdair Allan visited Lews Castle College UHI today to welcome new Principal Sue Macfarlane as Graduation week launches.

Mr Allan was welcomed to Lews Castle College UHI by new Principal Sue Macfarlane and met with students who are being supported to continue their studies as the Covid pandemic continues.

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MSP Alasdair Allan meets Lews Castle College Principal Sue Macfarlane and Electrical Apprentice Craig Mackenzie

The College will be hosting a week of online celebration for the graduates of 2020, from Monday 28 September. The University of the Highlands and Islands will be publishing celebratory webpages featuring video messages from the Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal, the University's Principal and Vice-chancellor and local academic partner principals. Students will also be able to download a graduate list to keep as souvenir. Throughout the week the College will be releasing celebratory student stories via its website and social media.

Lews Castle College UHI Principal Sue Macfarlane said, ‘We want to celebrate all our higher education students who have graduated their courses this year despite the challenges they’ve faced through COVID-19. This has been an extremely difficult time for students, and we are very proud of all the hard work and dedication shown by every one of them.

Lews Castle College UHI is invested in helping to support the local community during this difficult time. We have a huge range of facilities on offer to support retraining, upskilling and flexible learning. A wide range of our courses can be studied online, part time and with expert support from College staff. We are working hard to develop our online offering further with new courses launching in January to provide further support for students and local businesses alike.”

MSP Alasdair Allan said, "It was great to meet with Sue today and to celebrate the achievements of our students locally in what are tough and trying times for students and educators.

The College has a crucial role in supporting individuals and business in the islands and it was interesting to hear about how this work is continuing as we adapt to the challenges brought about the COVID-19 pandemic.”