Perth College UHI
|Affiliations||University of the Highlands and Islands|
It runs a wide range of courses, including degrees, through its membership of the University of the Highlands and Islands, as well as work-based learning and vocational training. Degrees available include aircraft engineering, music, child and youth studies, social sciences and computing.
Most of Perth College UHI’s students are on taught courses on the main campus in Perth, but learning centres across Perth & Kinross provide local people in Blairgowrie, Crieff, Kinross and in Perth city centre with access to training and education too.
The College owns Air Service Training (AST), which has been delivering aeronautical engineering courses since 1934. AST is UK CAA approved and based at Perth Airport. Staff from many organisations, including British Airways, BMI, Malaysia Airlines, Aer Lingus, Kuwait Airways, Air Mauritius and Air Seychelles have been trained there.
There is a growing community of international students at Perth College UHI, as its English language school courses are approved by the British Council and it is a member of English UK.
Research is conducted on a number of topics, and the College hosts the Centre for Mountain Studies (CMS), established in 2000. The Director of the CMS is Professor Martin Price, who has held the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Mountain Development since 2009. The CMS undertakes research at all scales from the globe to Scotland and has organised many conferences. Since 2004, it has also run an online MSc in Sustainable Mountain Development.
The College started in the old Academy building on Perth’s Rose Terrace in 1961 offering day-time further education (FE) courses in building trades, before expanding into a centre in Nelson Street (site of the Southern District School) soon afterwards.
Originally called Perth Technical College, the institution went on to be called Perth College of Further Education. After incorporation it was changed to Perth College. To mark its involvement in the University of the Highlands and Islands it is now Perth College UHI. Gaining university status in 2011 has allowed the institution to award degrees for university courses.
The first part of its Crieff Road campus — the Brahan Building — was officially opened on 16 October 1971 by the then Secretary of State for Scotland, Gordon Campbell.
Built on the site of the Pullars’ (of dry-cleaning fame) family home, the College cost £1.25 million and had 24 full-time lecturers teaching 700 students.
Today Perth College UHI employs around 500 full-time and part-time teaching and non-teaching staff and has around 7000 student enrolments.
Previously run by the local authority, it is now governed by a Board of Management made up of the Principal, staff representatives and volunteers from business, education and the wider community in and around Perth and Kinross.
- "Centre for Mountain Studies". Perth College UHI. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
- "The Colleges of Further Education (Changes of Names) (Scotland) Order 1993". National Archives (UK). Retrieved 16 July 2014.
- "A historic day as Perth gets its university". The Courier. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
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- University of the Highlands and Islands website
- AST website