An ‘exemplary’ student has been awarded the Student of the Year title  at Lews Castle College UHI as its Online Graduation Week Continues.

SVQ Electrical Installation student Andrew Horne’s work has been described by his lecturer as “exemplars for future students attending this course in our college.’

This week sees Lews Castle College UHI begin a week of online graduation celebrations. Sadly, due to Covid restrictions, graduation has not been able to take place but the College are continuing to do everything possible to help students celebrate.

Throughout the week the College will be celebrating the stories of some of the wonderful students who have been studying with Lews Castle College UHI. These stories will celebrate how students, with the support of the College, have overcome extremely difficult circumstances created by the global pandemic to continue to excel in their studies.

Of Andrew Horne, Richard Hemmings, Lecturer in Electrical Engineering, said “Andrew’s non-practical work has been completed to a very high standard, gaining 100% grades in all the work he submitted to date. During the Covid lockdown, Andrew and his colleagues had to complete as much work as they could on-line. This situation was particularly challenging as apprentice courses were never designed for on-line delivery. I am very pleased that they coped so well.”

Andrew has been serving his Apprenticeship with local company A Campbell Electrical Services. Company Secretary Rachel Campbell said: ‘ACES Ltd are delighted to hear of Andrew’s award which reflects his hard work and we are appreciative of the support he receives from Lews Castle College.

"We are sure Andrew will continue to progress through his next two years at College with the same work ethic and determination he has shown over the last 18 months. Over the last 18 years all of our Electrical Apprentices have enjoyed their training at Lews Castle College as part of their SECTT Apprenticeship scheme.’

(A name spelling has been corrected since this was first published. Apologies for the error.)



Did you know that Lews Castle College can help you improve your Gaelic conversation skills from the comfort of your own home?

Their Intermediate level Gaelic Conversation Class will take place online on Monday and Friday mornings (10–11am) throughout September.

To find out more, contact Dolina Macleod via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone on 01851 770 460


This month, Lews Castle College UHI appointed Sue Macfarlane as Interim Principal and CEO.

Sue has 30 years of experience of working in the education and skills sector, and joined the College in October in her role as Director of Transformational Change at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Previously Depute Principal at West Highland College UHI, Sue has also held senior management roles at SQA and Perth College UHI. Hailing from Yorkshire originally, Sue has lived and worked in Scotland for over 35 years, first working in the private sector before moving into further and higher education. 

She commented: "I am delighted to join the College as Interim Principal and CEO. I look forward to working with staff and students over the next year to ensure people across our communities receive a high quality learning experience and increased access to further and higher education. I also welcome the opportunity to work with key stakeholders and partners across the Western Isles, and beyond, to help deliver on the opportunities of the Islands’ Deal, address the economic challenges of Covid and for the College to play a key role in supporting Gaelic language, culture and heritage."

Board Chair Archie Macdonald added: "On behalf of the Board of Management of the College can I say how pleased we are to have Sue take on this senior role. We are all going through challenging times at present and the education sector is no exception. So it is vital that we have someone to lead the College who has a strong background in this sector matched with wide-ranging experience to ensure that the College continues to deliver a high quality education experience for students and helps create a workforce that meets the present and future needs of the local community and economy."