Student stories

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BA History

"Life as a student in Stornoway is pretty relaxed. Having the campus so central is great as it means quick access and lots of great places to grab that important coffee!" 

Find out more about Euan Armstrong

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Apprenticeship: Joinery

"I enjoy hands-on work and an apprenticeship seemed like the best way to get that. I get hands-on experience and the opportunity to work with skilled crafts people.

Find out more about Duncan Macphail

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National 5 Gateway

"I would recommend the National 5 Gateway course to anyone looking to add to their qualifications at National 5 or Higher level, but who does not necessarily want to do so through school." 

Find out more about Roddy MacIver

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BEng (Hons) Energy Engineering 

"It’s hard to think of a better degree to get to enter the energy industry.

Find out more about Calum Macdonald

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BA Sustainable Development

"If you are considering studying with UHI I would highly recommend it! It has transformed my life, opened my eyes to real-world issues that need to be addressed and we are the only ones who can do that! " 

Find out more about Kayley Carruthers

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Highers Academy

"Support is always available, through student services and lecturers, and you are made aware of the opportunities that there are for you." 

Find out more about Katie MacLeod

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SCQF level 6 Social Services and Healthcare

"It can be scary but it is so worth it. It means a lot to be able to care for someone but when you see a big smile from someone you are caring for it is so satisfying." 

Find out more about Kareen Allen

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Gaelic for Work Purposes SCQF level 3

"This short course was a good starting point as I could familiarise myself with basic phrasing that can be used in everyday conversation." 

Find out more about Donna Fairbairn

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BA Gaelic Language and Culture 

"study something you are passionate about and be prepared to work hard!" 

Find out more about Amy Murray

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HNC Music

"This was an absolutely incredible experience for me, getting to work with such amazing musicians.

Find out more about Daisy McCormick


BA (Hons) Gaelic and Development

"There are a lot of Gaelic-related opportunities on the island and elsewhere." 

Find out more about Alex John Morrison

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Highers Academy

"College gave me an opportunity to carry on with my Highers and made me realise how much a different environment can impact your education.

Find out more about Libbi Brooke McBratney

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Mechanical Engineering Apprentice

"The MA scheme also offers the chance to complete 3 different qualifications which include an NC, an SVQ2 and an SVQ3 which are all well recognized qualifications in the engineering industry.  It is also very appealing to young people as you earn while you learn.

Find out more about Fraser Michie Macleod

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Pg Certificate Healthcare Quality Improvement (HQI)

"The course has made turned me into a practitioner who is more patient and staff safety aware than before and am keen to be involved in quality improvement projects." 

Read more about Joyce Banga

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BSc Computing

"Worked as a chef for 15 years, it was a tough decision to change my career but my hobby of fixing computers both pc and Laptops led me to enrol in NC computing hoping to pursue a career in the same."

Read more about Manoj Sharma

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HNC Fashion: Design and Production with Retail

"I have been a carer for the last 30 years and had been thinking about changing my career. I had thought many times over the years to start my own business but didn't have the confidence. It was then I saw the course advertised, so I applied."

Read more about Jackie Keddie

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Professional Cookery SCQF Level 4 and 5

"Qualifications always help if you ever want to go further in any career."

Read more about Robert Scott

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BA (Hons) Applied Music

"Go for it! Even if you aren’t planning to follow a career in music, it’s a great fun course and a great way to work with and meet new people in a creative environment." 

Find out more about Bere Young

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HNC Childhood Practice

"The lecturers did everything they could to support me both academically and personally, they were understanding of my individual circumstances and were flexible where possible to suit my needs."

Read more about Heather Randle

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MEd Digital Pedagogy

"You have the flexibility to study when you want and how you want, due to the mix of resources and teaching techniques. If you are working and juggling other commitments it is possible to complete the course, and if you have any additional needs, do let them know as they are there to help you." 

Read more about Fiona McConnell

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NC Level 5 Hairdressing

"I feel I have gained sufficient studies to work as a hairdresser and to run a business."

Read more about Louise Nicholson

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Advanced Diabetes

"As a health care professional, we are required to continuously update our knowledge and skills within our area of practice. This course has been a helpful step in further specialising within diabetes care."

Read more about Jessica May Fletcher

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BA (Hons) Health & Social Studies

"If you’re thinking about studying with UHI then I would say go for it."

Read more about Anna MacRae

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BA Sustainable Development

"It’s a great course, there's a lot of learning, this subject is dynamic and evolving daily, allow enough time for the course so you can do the reading too."

Read more about Rosie Gray

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MA Health & Wellbeing

"I chose the Health and Wellbeing course based on wanting to move back to the Island and wanted to carry on my mental health study journey. I am so glad I did the Health and Wellbeing course was ahead of its time."

Read more about Jessica Sapphire Frame

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NC Mechanical Engineering progressing to HNC Engineering Systems

"The tutors were helpful and were able to adapt to the challenges that came with lockdown by holding online classes and being available through email almost every day."

Read more about Conor Cunningham

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Health, Social and Child Studies Level 6

“No-one else is going to do it for you. You are your own universe; you just have to get on and do it”

Read more about Murdo Maclean

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BSc Computing

"I had a genuine interest in the subject and have been using various forms of technology from a very young age. I was also aware of the vast career opportunities in the sector."

Read more about Morgan Macleod

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BA (Hons) Applied Music

"Do it! It will help you finding out what parts of the music industry you will enjoy doing and then this could lead to a career in that field." 

Read more about Emilia Marienfeld

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Child & Adolescent Mental Health CPD Award

"best online learning environment I have been involved in"

Read more about Neil McElroy 

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BA Gaelic Scotland

"It has been challenging working full time and studying part time, but I have learned an enormous amount about the history of the Highlands, and its Gaelic cultural heritage."

Read more about Karen Buchanan

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BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

"It’s never too late to start or change your career path.  Make the most of the lecturers and support staff and ask plenty of questions."

Read more about Ealasaid Nicleòid

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Gaelic Language and Culture BA (Hons)

"The biggest benefit for me having studied at Lews Castle College is gaining a fluency in Gaelic"

Read more about Iain Macsween

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Merchant Navy Cadet, Access to Merchant Navy

"It was the best move I ever made"

Read more about Jack Buchanan

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Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

"Go for it! It's a great opportunity to study and you are never too old to change careers."

Read more about Alick John Maclean

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NC and HNC Fabrication and Welding

"I had never applied myself this hard at something before and I decided that I wanted to do this all the way to HNC level and the lecturers were very supportive of my goal."

Read more about Christine Hazelton