UHI students have given their university experience the seal of approval in a UK-wide survey.

UHI achieved its highest ever ranking for student satisfaction in the 2022 National Student Survey.

The results place UHI fourth in Scotland for student satisfaction, above 14 other universities across Scotland.

Calum Macdonald, aged 26, is about to complete his 3rd year of BEng (Hons) Energy Engineering and was recently awarded a £1000 prize for ‘Best Engineer’ in the UHI Business Awards. Calum has shared his experiences of studying engineering at UHI Outer Hebrides and how his lecturer supported his award winning vertical farming project. 

Calum said, “I had been studying History at UHI for a couple year but didn’t find it a right fit for me. I took a chance and a change in direction by starting an Engineering degree and quickly found a passion for engineering.”

Calum’s award winning project idea was to develop modular vertical farming units to allow people to grow fruit and veg in their own space. The aim is to provide this at an affordable price for people to help reduce their reliance on food grown far away and to help people get back in touch with how food reaches the table. 

A warm welcome awaits the local community in South Uist and beyond as new Cnoc Soilleir building opens its doors on Monday 13 June.

Situated in the heart of Daliburgh, Cnoc Soilleir is a new home for UHI Outer Hebrides and Ceòlas.

Meaning “the bright hill” the building has been purpose-built to offer facilities to meet the needs of both UHI Outer Hebrides’s educational programmes, and Ceòlas’ community-led activities and artistic programme.

The building hosts a bespoke recording studio, a library, exhibition space, and flexible communal space at the heart of the building that will be suitable for events with an audience of up to 60 people.

The Open Day on Monday June 13 will welcome the local community, schools and businesses to come and view the space and find out more how they can enjoy and utilise this fantastic new facility.

Mairi MacInnes, Chair of Cnoc Soilleir encourages people to come along, “Getting Cnoc Soilleir Phase 1 built during lockdown has been a tremendous achievement and this has been possible because we contracted a local construction company.

"Great credit is due to our staff , the design team and MacInnes Bros for rising to the unprecedented challenges of Covid. Ceòlas is excited about holding the July Summer School in Cnoc Soilleir - the first since 2019.

"A warm welcome awaits everyone who drops in for the Open Day and perhaps a song will be sung and a reel or two will be danced!”

Sue Macfarlane, Principal of UHI Outer Hebrides said, “We are very much looking forward to welcoming the local community to the new Cnoc Soilleir building. We invite everyone to come to see this fantastic new building, meet our staff and find out more about what UHI Outer Hebrides will be offering. This is more than just an attractive new venue for the College – together with Ceòlas, we have created a fantastic community asset where we hope to develop new, jointly delivered programmes and activities which will attract people to study and which will meet the needs of the area”.

"Many thanks to the generosity of Scottish Government, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Bòrd na Gaidhlig for project funding, and a special mention to the local community for their continued support. It is a momentous moment for Cnoc Soilleir Limited to deliver Phase 1 of the project and look forward to progressing with Phase 2 in the near-future."

Cnoc Soilleir is a joint venture between Ceòlas Uibhist and UHI Outer Hebrides, formerly Lews Castle College. Located in the Gaelic heartland of South Uist, Cnoc Soilleir will promote and celebrate the community’s cultural heritage.  Cnoc Soillier’s facilities have been designed to meet the needs of both UHI Outer Hebrides’ music, archaeology and Gaelic educational programmes as well as its online offer, and Ceòlas’ community-led activities around Gaelic music, and dance, language learning, heritage and culture.