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.

Studying locally can now open up an array of national and international opportunities.

As well as welcoming a number of international students to its Stornoway campus, Lews Castle College UHI also offers the possibility for its students to study abroad as part of the ERASMUS scheme.

And with the variety of courses on offer, LCC UHI students can study online, in the college or even on the move….  

Hector Malcolm, from South Lochs, studies the BSc (Hons) Sustainable Development online degree course. He began the course on leaving school and completed his first year studying from his home in Marvig, with occasional trips to the Stornoway campus.

Looking for a taste of mainland life, for his second year, he moved to Aberdeen to live with friends who had moved away to university. Able to socialise with his friends and experience all that city life has to offer, he continued attending his online lectures and tutorials while his friends travelled into campus each day.

The flexible nature of his course meant that, when he decided to return home to Lewis for his third year, he was able to volunteer in his local development trust, Pairc Trust, gaining valuable and relevant work experience while still studying towards his degree and working part-time to earn money.

Hector is now looking for another new adventure and will be jetting off to Uppsala in Sweden in January for five months to attend the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences as part of his course.

Hector says, "The greatest advantage the BSc (Hons) Sustainable Development course has over other related courses is the sheer versatility of the degree. As a young islander, I always wanted to try out mainland life and experience something different.

“Studying at UHI, I thought that wouldn't be possible, but the Sustainable Development course has offered me the chance to experience many new things that I wouldn't have been able to do otherwise.

“The course staff are very helpful and supportive, and despite being an online degree, you are constantly connected to your peers and tutors, whether it be working on group projects, chatting in the discussion board or meeting face to face at fieldtrips and residential weekends."  

Hector is also Secretary of the Sustainable Development Student Society, who are planning an exciting residential weekend for students and staff in the Isle of Eigg on his return in June. The quote “The best way to be global is to be local” has never been more apt!

If you want to know more about the opportunities offered by Lews Castle College UHI, contact Admissions, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or for more information on the BSc (Hons) Sustainable Development, contact Dr Eilidh MacPhail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Places remain on the BSc Sustainable Development starting in January or September 2020.


Lews Castle College Maritime Department will be offering the following Short Courses, at the Stornoway Campus from January 2020.

All one day classes run on Fridays, from 0900, to 1700.

Sea Survival/Personal Survival Techniques (£110) –24th Jan, 21st Feb, 20th Mar, 24th Apr, 15th May & 12th Jun.


Emergency First Aid at Work/STCW First Aid (£110) –10th Jan, 06th Mar, 17th Apr & 22nd May.


(The three day “First Aid at Work” is available on request.)

RYA SRC / VHF (£150) – 17th Jan, 14th Feb, 13th Mar, 08th May & 05th Jun


Efficient Deckhand Course (£375) – 13th – 17th Apr


Personal Safety, and Social Responsibilities (PSSR) (£100) – Available on request



Arrangements can be made for additional courses, for group bookings of 6, or more, as and when demand dictates.

For additional details please contact:

Iain Angus Macaulay: Tel- 01851770287, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alistair Macleod: Tel-01851770284, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lews Castle College: Tel – 01851770000


Please check the “Upcoming Events” section of “What’s Happening” on http://www.welovestornoway.com/index.php for additional information.