Everything the Innovation Centre at Lews Castle College UHI was set up to achieve – helping would-be inventors and entrepreneurs turn their good ideas into marketable products – can be seen in the students who are using its facilities to make their mark on the world.

None more so than Lewis man Alick Maclean – a 40-year-old engineering student from Ranish, Lochs, who won two awards at the University of the Highlands and Islands Business Competition earlier this month (February) in Inverness.

Two digital heritage tourism research projects at the University of the Highlands and Islands are amongst nine projects in the Highlands and Islands selected to share a £5 million European Regional Development Fund.  

The 'Uibhist virtual archaeology’ project received a grant of £271,000 to create a new series of virtual reality digital reconstructions of seven archaeological sites located on the Hebridean Way walking route in Uist and Benbecula.

The 'coast that shaped the world' project received a grant of £350,000. This project will develop a website, app and programme of innovative digital exhibitions along the west coast of Scotland to narrate how maritime cultural, and natural, heritage helped to shape the world.

A number of graduates from the University of the Highlands and Islands were among this year’s winners and performers at the MG Alba Trad Music Awards. 

Breabach received the album of the year award for their sixth album, Frenzy of the Meeting.