More students at Lews Castle College UHI this year completed their courses and achieved their awards than last year, despite having their studies disrupted by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.

Although College buildings were closed from March, students were able to continue their studies using a range of innovative and tutor-supported digital approaches.  Student services staff continued to offer high levels of learning support, guidance, and counselling during this time with increased attention to students’ mental health and wellbeing.

Iain Macmillan, Principal and Chief Executive, said “I would like to congratulate all our students on their achievements this year.  I am delighted that, despite the current crisis, so many remained engaged with their studies and were successful.  I am especially pleased at the increase in the number of students who have chosen to continue to study with us next year.   I want to thank all our staff who worked so hard during this time to keep our students on the road to success.

The College had already seen an increase in student retention and achievement in 2018/19, well above the national benchmark; and, together with high levels of student satisfaction, that trend has continued in 2019/20.

Head of Curriculum, Donnie MacDonald said: “College staff have been working hard to ensure we continue to offer a full range of Further and Higher Education courses from August next year, many delivered on a flexible basis and all in a safe and secure environment.  Our students will continue to receive the same high level of learning, teaching and support they have always experienced, and we expect to see continued high levels of student success.”

The College is currently recruiting for a range of full and part-time courses from National Certificate level to postgraduate degree level.  

The full range of courses starting from August and September can be found on the College website –


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