MSP Alasdair Allan visited Lews Castle College UHI today (Monday September 28) to welcome new Principal and CEO Sue Macfarlane as Graduation Week launches. 

Mr Allan met students who are being supported to continue their studies as the Covid pandemic continues.

The College is hosting a week of online celebration for the graduates of 2020, from today (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 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 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.

Lews Castle College UHI is an academic partner of the University of the Highlands and Islands, the United Kingdom’s leading integrated university encompassing both further and higher education. The College provides a diverse range of courses to students in Lewis, North Uist, Benbecula and Barra.

Picture caption | MSP Alasdair Allan and Lews Castle College Principal Sue Macfarlane meet FES Electrical Apprentice Craig Mackenzie to discuss his work