HISA Vice President for Higher Education, Andrew Bowie

The Highlands and Islands Students’ Association (HISA) has launched the Gaelic Representation Project to enhance the voice of Gaelic-speaking and Gaelic-learning students across the University of the Highlands and Islands.

With funding awarded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the Gaelic Representation Project will develop structures for Gaelic representation to support HISA’s ambition to become a truly bilingual organisation. It will aim to allow Gaelic-speakers and learners to fully engage with their students’ association in Gaelic should they wish to.

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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