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Royal visit to Lews Castle College in 1956

As UHI North, West and Hebrides looks to mark its launch in September as Scotland’s newest college, the institution is keen to celebrate the rich history of its founding colleges – including Lews Castle College – and wants your stories.

Next month, the college will celebrate 70 years of providing learning, training and research from its early days in Lews Castle to becoming part of the University of the Highlands and Islands partnership and its future as UHI North, West and Hebrides.

A staff line-up outside the college in 1977

Founded in 1953, Lews Castle College grew from strength to strength, nurturing talent, fostering innovation, and serving as a vital hub for learning and research in the islands.

To celebrate its rich heritage and commitment to educational advancement, the College is asking everyone who has joined in on any part of that journey, to share their stories and experiences of the college.

  • Have you been a student?
  • Have you been a member of staff?
  • A local business who has worked with the college?
  • A member of the Board of Management?

You can share your story on social media and tagging the college on social media or simply contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.



The college will also be hosting a celebratory event for staff and students, past and present, to come together to enjoy an exhibition of photographs and archives from the last 70 years. The event will take place at the College campus in Stornoway on Sept 27.

The establishment of UHI North, West and Hebrides marks a significant milestone in the evolution of the college, solidifying its position as an anchor educational institution connecting rural and island communities through distinctive education and research shaped by the culture, location, and landscapes of the North and West Highlands, Skye and Outer Hebrides.  With combined capacity, resource, and expertise, UHI North, West and Hebrides will continue to provide world class learning, research, and knowledge exchange, contributing to the social, economic, and cultural development of the Outer Hebrides.

For more information please visit - https://www.outerhebrides.uhi.ac.uk/

Principal of UHI North, West and Hebrides Lydia Rohmer said, "This is a momentous occasion for our colleges, both old and new and the communities we serve.

"Over the last 70 years, this institution has played a pivotal role in shaping the lives of countless individuals. With the introduction of UHI North, West and Hebrides, we are poised to embrace a new era of educational excellence and community empowerment. Together, we will continue to build a brighter future for our students, staff, and partners."

The celebrations and the launch of UHI North, West and Hebrides will also provide a platform for alumni, students, faculty, and stakeholders to come together and reflect on the college's profound impact on the region's social, cultural, and economic fabric.

UHI North, West and Hebrides is a partner of UHI, a further and higher education partnership. It has 19 campuses and centres throughout the North and West Highlands, Skye, and Outer Hebrides. It offers a range of senior phase, further education, and higher education courses, with specialisms in adventure studies, archaeology, aquaculture and maritime, equine studies, gamekeeping, golf, Gaelic language, environmental science and sustainable development, engineering, advanced manufacturing and renewable energy, creative industries including art, fashion and music, and tourism and hospitality.