Rachel Erskine, Programme Leader for the MA in Health and Wellbeing and Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Quality Improvement at the Lews Castle College UHI in Stornoway, was named Best Personal Academic Tutor/Learning Support by the University of the Highlands and Islands Students' Association (HISA) last week. 

For Hector Malcolm from South Lochs, studying at Lews Castle College UHI led him to Scandinavia – specifically the Swedish University of Agricultural Science in Alnarp, Sweden. Hector has been in Alnarp since January, continuing his BA (Hons) Sustainable Development degree through ERASMUS, the EU’s student exchange programme. Here, Hector, shares his thoughts on studying both locally and internationally, and what drew him to learn about Sustainable Development in the first place.

Lews Castle College is looking for Gaelic learners who would like to take part in a mentoring programme, which would allow them the opportunity to speak Gaelic in an informal environment.

This programme gives the learners the opportunity to practice and use the language in a comfortable environment.

The learners would be meeting with a Gaelic mentor for around an hour each week and chatting informally with their mentor.

At the moment, Lews Castle College only has capacity to put 10 Gaelic learners through this programme. The learners should be at an intermediate/advanced level, being able to converse with their mentor.

Due to the current situation with Corona virus, we are unsure when this programme will begin.

If you are interested in taking part in the programme, or if you have any questions, you can contact the following email:

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