Inverness College

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Inverness College UHI
Inverness College Logo.png
MottoStart Tomorrow Today
PrincipalProfessor Christopher O’Neil
CampusInverness Campus
AffiliationsUniversity of the Highlands and Islands

Inverness College UHI is the largest of the thirteen partners that make up the University of the Highlands and Islands, based in Inverness in the Highland council area of Scotland. A new main building at Inverness Campus was opened in August 2015, with most students and staff now located there. Also part of the college, the Scottish School of Forestry is based near Balloch.. The College is a truly tertiary organisation providing education to school pupils, further education and higher education to post graduate level, together with training for apprentices and a wide range of short courses for business Student accommodation is currently being built on Inverness Campus and will be available from September 2016..

Inverness College new building, Beechwood Campus

It has more than 1,700 students studying towards degree courses.[1] It is among the first Colleges in Scotland to deliver both Foundation and Graduate level Apprenticeships.

New campus[edit]

In May 2010 it has been decided that the college would move to a new purpose built site at the Beechwood farm, co-locating with the Scottish Agricultural College, the Centre for Health Science phase 4, and a training hotel operated by a partnership between the Calman Trust and Albyn Housing.

The planning application for phase 1 of the new academic campus was passed by The Highland Council in May 2010. The original outline planning application made by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) for the entire landholding submitted early 2009 remains live and includes facilities for private sector research & development, inward investors, student accommodation, sports facilities, a community and cultural centre within landscaped parkland. This application forms a vision for the development over the next thirty years.

The 200-acre (0.81 km2) campus at Beechwood, just off the A9 south of Inverness, is considered to be one of the most important developments for the region over the next 20 years. The principal of UHI at the time, James Fraser, said: "This is a flagship development which will provide Inverness with a university campus and vibrant student life. It will have a major impact on the city and on the Highlands and Islands. UHI is a partnership of colleges and research centres throughout the region, and the development of any one partner brings strength to the whole institution."[2]

It is estimated that the new campus would contribute more than £50 million to the economy of the Highlands because it could attract innovative commercial businesses interested in research and development, while increasing the number of students who study within the city by around 3,000.[3]


In November 2012 Diane Rawlinson was appointed as Principal and Chief-executive, taking up the post in February 2013.[4] In June 2017, the college's board of management appointed Christopher O'Neil to become principal in the following academic year.[5]


  1. ^ "Facts 2014" (PDF). University of the Highlands and Islands. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 September 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Inverness Campus". Inverness Campus. 22 June 2010. Archived from the original on 20 August 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  4. ^ Doughty, Claire (30 November 2012). "New principal for Inverness College UHI". Highland News. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  5. ^ "New principal appointed at Inverness College UHI". BBC News. 2 June 2017. Retrieved 24 July 2017.

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Coordinates: 57°29′07″N 4°13′18″W / 57.4853°N 4.2217°W / 57.4853; -4.2217