Moray College

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Moray College UHI
Moray College UHI logo.png
Type College
Established 1971
Principal Acting Principal
Location Elgin, Moray, Scotland
57°38′43″N 3°18′58″W / 57.6454°N 3.3162°W / 57.6454; -3.3162Coordinates: 57°38′43″N 3°18′58″W / 57.6454°N 3.3162°W / 57.6454; -3.3162
Affiliations University of the Highlands and Islands

Moray College is a further education college based in Elgin, in Moray, northeastern Scotland. It has 1,500 full-time students and 8,100 part-time students (based on 2009–2010 academic year). It employs approximately 370 staff (266 full-time) and is a college of the University of the Highlands and Islands.


In 1971 the Elgin Technical College was opened as a further education college by the local education authority. The name of the college changed to the Moray College of Further Education in 1978. When the Further and Higher Education Scotland Act was passed in 1992 the college left the ownership of the local education authority (a process known as incorporation) and the name was changed to simply Moray College.[1]

The nature of study changed at Moray College in 1997 when it became a partner college of the UHI Millennium Institute, allowing it to offer a far wider range of subjects for study through networked courses. In 2011 the UHI Millennium Institute gained full university status, becoming the University of Highlands and Islands.

The main campus for the college is in central Elgin, with Learning Centres also located in Buckie, Nairn, Forres and Keith.[2]

Alexander Graham Bell Centre[edit]

The Alexander Graham Bell Centre is a 3 storey extension at Moray College UHI which includes a simulated ward area, fitted with healthcare equipment such as hoists, that can be used as part of training for nursing.[3] The £6.5m facility was funded by Moray College UHI, NHS Grampian, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the European Regional Development Fund. It has received an award in the Education Building or Project category at the prestigious Scottish Design Awards.[4] The centre also has conference facilities, eight classrooms and a café.[5]


Main subject areas taught at the college are art, business and administration, care and social sciences, communication and languages, computing and information technology, hairdressing, beauty and complementary therapies, hospitality, science, maths, sport, skills for life and technology. A number of additional subject areas are available through the college partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands.

In 2011 the college launched an online whisky tasting course.[6]


  1. ^ "The Colleges of Further Education (Changes of Names) (Scotland) Order 1993". National Archives (UK). Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "External review of Moray College UHI". Education Scotland. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Mackenzie, Ruth (28 June 2014). "Alexander Graham Bell Centre open". Press and Journal. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Mackenzie, Ruth (15 June 2014). "Moray College degree show". Press and Journal. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Cumming, Grant (16 April 2014). "Digital healthcare is the way forward". The Scotsman. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Scots college launches online whisky tasting course". Daily Record. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 

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