Drama and film graduates from the University of the Highlands and Islands will make their big screen debut at the 19th Inverness Film Festival in November.

Short films by students on the BA (Hons) contemporary film making in the Highlands and Islands course at North Highland College UHI will premiere at the La Scala cinema at Eden Court Theatre on Saturday 6 November as part of a student showcase.

This will be followed on Sunday 7 November by Swansong, a showcase of short films by BA (Hons) drama and performance graduates from Inverness College UHI. The showcase features original solo work devised, performed and produced by this year's graduates Alina Ben Larbi, James Reilly, Paulina Pruciak, Bradley Reid and Luke Carmichael, as part of their final year module.

The works range in subject and theme from mystery and sci-fi to stories of love, loneliness, and lockdown.

Paul MacDonald Taylor, director of Inverness Film Festival, said:"Inverness Film Festival is delighted to be linking up with the drama and film students across the University of the Highlands and Islands partnership. At the festival we have always screened the best new short films from around Scotland, so to be able to look at the new generation of filmmakers from Inverness and the Highlands is really exciting. We are looking forward to this partnership for years to come."

Drama graduate James Reilly said:"It is a great honour to represent Inverness College UHI and to have my film ‘Gone' included in the festival, alongside work by my incredibly talented classmates. It's exciting to see work produced as part of your degree used in an amazing film festival like this. I hope that this shows potential students not only how enjoyable the process of creating a film is, but also how rewarding it can be if you're really put your passion into it."

Dr Lesley Mickel, programme leader for drama, added: "I am absolutely delighted that our graduates will get to see their work on the big screen. They have worked incredibly hard this year through challenging circumstances, and this is a fantastic opportunity for them to showcase their talents to a wider audience."

Inverness Film Festival runs 5 to 11 November at Eden Court Theatre. Visit www.eden-court.co.uk for more information.

Lews Castle College UHI are delighted to be starting the 2021-22 academic year with more than 50 Modern Apprentices at the college.

These apprenticeships are part of a growing programme from LCC UHI to develop and support industry across the Outer Hebrides.

The college are working closely with local businesses as well as national training organisations like The Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT), the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), Enginuity & Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to create jobs and support industry in our islands.

The new intake this year sees 10 Engineering apprentices starting, five with Harland & Wolff at their Arnish facility, two with Macmillan Engineering, two with Energee Services Ltd in South Uist, and one employed by Lews Castle College UHI.

In addition, 10 new Electrical Installation apprentices and eleven new Carpentry & Joinery apprentices employed by local construction firms including; Neil MacKay & Co Ltd, Lewis Builders Ltd., FES FM Ltd., CalMax Construction Ltd, O'Mac Construction Ltd, Alex Murray Construction Ltd, CnES (shared apprenticeship scheme with McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd), Norserv, Macleod & Buchanan, A Campbell Electrical Services Ltd., Neil Campbell, and G&A Barnie, based throughout the Islands, have also started training with us this year.


What our apprentices say:

“The college labs and workshops are really well equipped, and the lecturers and technicians are really experienced and helpful.  Our whole class are all really enjoying the course and getting a lot out of it as it will prepare us for going on-site in the near future to continue our apprenticeships at SVQ level 3”.   

 Adam Maclean – Engineering Apprentice with Harland & Wolff


This course is very enjoyable, and I have learned a lot from it. It will help me towards my future prospects.”

Charlie Morrison - Carpentry & Joinery apprentice with Alex Murray Construction


“I’m enjoying the range of new processes I’ve learnt

Duncan MacPhail, Carpentry & Joinery apprentice with O’Mac Construction


These places are in addition to 23 Modern Apprentices at various stages, continuing their training with Lews Castle College UHI.

Roddy Ferguson, Head of Technology said: “Lews Castle College UHI are delighted to be supporting local businesses with their training and professional development requirements including Modern Apprenticeships which have seen strong growth this year across a range of disciplines. With our experienced staff & excellent facilities, the Technology Department at the college offers high quality training across the Engineering & Construction Sectors in the Outer Hebrides”. 

Albert Allan, General Manager at Harland & Wolff (Arnish) said: “Lews Castle College has been a fantastic partner in supporting Harland & Wolff through selection, course planning and delivery of our apprenticeship programme. Their team has good industry knowledge and skills, making it the ideal institution to develop our apprentices. A great example of academia and industry working together”. 

 Find out more:

Lews Castle College UHI offer a range of Modern Apprenticeships in Business & Admin, Social Services, Engineering, Childcare and more.

For more information on becoming an apprentice email our Development Officer Murdo Smith on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Find out more about the Apprenticeships at LCC UHI - Business - Apprenticeships (uhi.ac.uk)

Join LCC UHI for a series of free classes at Stornoway Library where our expert staff will be on hand to deliver practical classes, advice and support that can allow you to experiment and discover your new career.

With classes including Cyanotype printing, fashion design, healthcare careers, 3D printing, and Gaelic language sessions there is something for everyone.

You can book you place, try out a new skill and find out about courses available at the college that could lead to a whole new direction for you and your career.

Places are free but limited and can be booked be emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

24th Sept – Healthcare Careers  - from mental health to social care and nursing, healthcare is the largest employment sector in Scotland – find out how you can start or develop your career in care.

22th October – Gaelic – an introductory language class for beginners or those looking to improve their conversational skills.

29th Oct - Art & Design – Cyanotype Printing Class – join artist and Lecturer Rosie Blake who will be showing you how to create your own canotype images.

12th November – Engineering – 3d Printing Class – join our engineering team and try your hand at 3D printing

26th Nov – Intro to Fashion Design – have you ever wanted to create your own designs? Join Fashion designer and lecturer Netty Sopata for this introductory session