Orkney College UHI

The college's main campus is located in Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney, with a second campus in Stromness and learning centres based on the smaller islands. Orkney offers a welcoming atmosphere and a strong sense of community.

We specialise in a number of subjects, including :

Archaeology, Fine Art Textiles, Orkney and Shetland Studies, Applied Music and Viking Studies.

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What our students, graduates and staff say

The main highlights for me were the flexibility of online lectures. I was able to study in the library or from home and it was quite easy to work two jobs whilst doing my studies and placement. I had the opportunity to get involved with extra-curricular activities such as attending the NSU Women’s Conference and participating in a focus group about the development of university’s students’ association.

When I was offered an job interview I contacted the university’s careers team who organised a mock interview and helped me to practice answers to questions I didn’t have direct industry experience. They taught me how to offer an example of a transferrable skill in these situations. I was successful at the interview and am now employed as an administrator where my role encompasses all areas of client servicing, gathering and analysing information, report writing, diary management and appointment preparation. I am also heavily involved in marketing, designing adverts and printed media as well as developing our social media pages.

Bethan Davies / BA (Hons) Business and Management

The university is a modern institution that puts Highland history at the forefront of its efforts, rather than relegating it to a provincial interest. I have worked on an excavation of Dùn Naomhaig (Dunyvaig) castle in Islay. This was a dream come true. My time spent volunteering in Orkney not only gave me the archaeological skillset to get involved in this project, but provided a practical background from which I could broaden my understanding of the new site. Having just begun planning my dissertation centred on the Lordship of the Isles, this knowledge has already proven incredibly useful in informing my view of them.

Duncan Foxley / BA (Hons) Scottish History and Archaeology

Since childhood I have had a love of the visual arts and this course gives me the chance to develop my drawing and photographic skills, as well as my confidence. One of the best things about the course is having real life practising artists as tutors. I find them all very supportive and I’m comfortable asking them for help and advice when I need to. I also love the small class sizes and the fact that students from all four years of the degree and other art courses mix and share ideas.

Vicki Redpath-Watson / BA (Hons) Fine Art

  • Bethan Davies
  • Duncan Foxley
  • Vicki Redpath-Watson