The University of the Highlands and Islands has announced the appointment of Dr Beth Mouat as its first islands' strategy director.

This new post will lead the delivery of its islands' strategy which sets out the university partnership's plans to enhance its activity for the benefits of staff, students and communities across Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.

A native Shetlander, where she is joint head of marine science and technology at NAFC Marine Centre UHI, Dr Mouat says she is excited to have the opportunity to take forward such an important islands-focused project:

With courses ranging from one-day or short courses through to degrees and postgraduate studies, Lews Castle College UHI have everything you need to start 2021 the right way.

We have a range of courses starting in January 2021, if you are looking to develop your career with a CPD course, take a whole new direction with a HN or even degree or simply want to take an evening or part time interest course we have something for you. 

If you are looking to gain additional skills or help you reskill in a new area short courses are a great way to get a taster of a full-time course. The College offer courses in:

  • Business & IT - basic Admin and Business skills to Web Design & Gaming.
  • Food & Drink – Professional Cookery and Elementary Food Hygiene
  • Construction & Engineering - Introduction to Engineering & Construction to a range of short CPD courses.
  • Creative – Learn Song Writing with Willie Campbell, enrol in our new Art & Archaeology course or discover our music courses based in South Uist.
  • Gaelic – From learners to fluent speakers and for those interested in our Gaelic culture and heritage, explore our wide range of courses.

We also offer a wide range of support for local businesses looking to develop training for staff. You can visit our Business Page at or contact our Development Officer on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about how you can access funding and create bespoke learning for your team. 

If you are looking to study full time at degree or postgraduate level then remember you do not have to wait until September. We have several courses starting in January including Archaeological Studies, Childhood Practice and Music and the Environment.

There can be a lot to consider when choosing to study but the Lews team can support you every step of the way. Our courses offer a wide range of flexibility with online teaching, part time study as well as support from our Student Services team who can help you with funding, childcare and more.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any information and advice on our courses.

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  • Lews Castle College UHI is an academic partner of the University of the Highlands and Islands, the United Kingdom’s leading integrated university encompassing both further and higher education.
  • We have campuses and learning centres in Lewis, North Uist, Benbecula and Barra.
  • Lews Castle College UHI contributes £24 million to the local economy and supports 230 jobs throughout the Outer Hebrides.  
  • Degree Show dates: December 2020 – 5 January 2021
  • Venue: Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre
  • Graduating Students: Katherine Taylor and Hector Start
  • UHI Art Degree Online Exhibition in partnership with Art North: 16th December -

Like many other events and celebrations, the Lews Castle College UHI annual Degree Show was postponed in May this year due to COVID-19.  This impacted on art colleges nationally, creating a situation where students only option was to exhibit their work digitally or, like Uist-based students, delayed in the hope that the situation would allow for public exhibitions at a later date. That time has arrived, with the 2020 Degree Show opening to the public on Saturday 5th December at Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre. A culmination of four years of work, Degree Shows are an important bridge between art college and a student’s onward career as a professional artist.

This year, two graduating students from the BA (Hons) Fine Art now have the opportunity to hold their Degree Show. Katherine Taylor and Hector Start have studied with Lews Castle College UHI for five years, starting with a 1-year NC Art & Design course before progressing onto the BA (Hons) Fine Art. Both relocated to Uist from Moray after leaving school and have lived and studied in Uist since. Their art practice has developed over that time, taking very diverse paths in terms of their studio practice and theoretical concerns. However, both are firmly influenced by their experience of living in Uist and their connection with the environment around them.