Dr Jen Vanderhoven has been appointed as vice-principal engagement at the University of the Highlands and Islands. Dr Vanderhoven will lead on the university's strategic goal to engage with our communities and to strive for mutual benefit.

Dr Vanderhoven joins from Teesside University where she is currently the Director of the National Horizons Centre leading its development as a national centre of excellence for the life sciences sector, representing the centre nationally and globally.

Professor Todd Walker, principal and vice-chancellor, welcomed the significant experience she brings to this new role: "I am absolutely delighted to welcome Dr Vanderhoven to our new senior team and to our tertiary partnership. She has a significant track record of realising and leading strategic development and operational goals within large and complex commercial and academic environments.

"She will work with the rest of our senior team to lead our ‘daring to be different' ethos, harness our energy and set new ambitions in our engagement - one for which our partnership is well prepared."

Currently based in North Yorkshire, Dr Vanderhoven is looking forward to moving north: "I am excited and privileged to be joining the University of the Highlands and Islands to lead the engagement with the university's stakeholder communities. I was inspired to read the university's ‘Daring to be different' strategic plan, and I look forward to being a key player in its journey to having a transformational impact on the prospects of the region, its economy, its people and its communities."

Dr Vanderhoven will take up her post in January 2022.

The University of the Highlands and Islands has launched a new consultation to gather views its fourth Gaelic Language Plan.

The consultation sets out the university's proposals to continue to enhance the status of Gaelic and reiterates a commitment to strengthen the position of Gaelic across the partnership in line with the aspirations and objectives included in the National Gaelic Language Plan and the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005.

The public will have six weeks until the consultation closes on 24 December to share their views on the proposed plan.

The university was the first higher education institution in Scotland to develop a Gaelic Language Plan in 2010 and is keen to build on the achievements of previous plans by increasing engagement with communities to invite feedback.

Professor Todd Walker, the university's principal and vice-chancellor, said:"Gaelic is an integral part of Scotland's heritage, national identity and cultural life. As the only university based in the Highlands and Islands, we are committed to enhancing the status of Gaelic and promote its use through the learning opportunities we provide.

"I am proud of our achievements to date, which have seen us increase the visibility and audibility of Gaelic in our services to students, staff and the public, while making opportunities for Gaelic medium and Gaelic language learning more widely available. Our hope is that this new plan will build on these achievements and demonstrate the university's continuing commitment to the development and enhancement of Gaelic.

"Consultation is an important part of the process, so I would encourage anyone with an interest in the plan to share their views."

The draft plan can be viewed at www.uhi.ac.uk/en/about-uhi/facts-and-figures/publications/draft-gaelic-plan

Feedback is welcomed until Friday 24 December 2021.

Lews Castle College Maritime Department will be offering the following Short Courses, at the Stornoway Campus. All one day classes run on Fridays, from 0900, to 1700.

Sea Survival/Personal Survival Techniques (£110) – 10th Dec, 7th Jan


STCW Elementary First Aid(EFA) (£110) – 21st Jan


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

RYA SRC / VHF (£150) – 12th Nov, 17th Dec, 14th Jan


Personal Safety, and Social Responsibilities (PSSR) (£100) – 19th Nov, 21st Jan


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, iThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..uk

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

Lews Castle College: Tel – 01851770000