We are the only university based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
Our campus is very different from most university campuses; we offer the choice of studying at one of our 13 partner colleges and research centres and over 70 local learning centres across half of the geography of Scotland. Given the geographical challenges of reaching such a dispersed student population, the university has become a world leader in digital learning with all of our courses using virtual classroom technology where appropriate.
As a result of this, a benefit of our technology for businesses and other external organisations who may wish their staff to learn through us is that it also allows students from anywhere to study at the university. This allows, for example, multi-location employers the opportunity to have all their staff undertake the same courses wherever they are located across the globe.
Furthermore, the University of the Highlands and Islands is also unique in Scotland as we are the only university that enables employers to access the full range of all post secondary school education through one institution. Most universities concentrate on higher education meaning that as an employer, if you want a mix of postgraduate education for senior staff but also some skills training for those just starting out in their career, you would have to engage with a number of different educational establishments. Our network of 13 academic partners, however, covers the full range of education available in the UK today from college and apprenticeship level courses through to internationally recognised post-doctoral research work. Through the same network, we can also offer you access to experts in many fields who may be able to help your organisation develop new ideas, products or processes.
With us, through one point of contact we can therefore offer you access to all levels of training, education and collaboration and then manage that relationship on your behalf.
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Accreditation of your in-house training
If you currently run training courses within your organisation and want them be certified or accredited to nationally acceptable levels, we may be able to help you through the process. This will allow your staff to gain a qualification that will be more widely recognised than many existing in-house courses.
The university and its academic partners regularly run networking seminars, meetings and lectures. This is an ideal way to meet university staff in an informal setting and to catch up with your fellow professionals to chat about how we can all work together more productively.