University of the Highlands and Islands welcomes the National Articulation Forum report

University of the Highlands and Islands welcomes the National Articulation Forum report released yesterday (Tuesday 11 August) which sets a series of recommendations for colleges and universities to create more opportunities for students to progress seamlessly between a Higher National qualification into a university degree.

Lydia Rohmer, Principal of West Highland College UHI and Vice-Principal (Tertiary) of University of the Highlands and Islands said:

“The University of the Highlands and Islands has been working in partnership for many years to provide opportunities and pathways to enable students to make the seamless transition from further education to higher education as part of their own unique learner journey.

“Further and higher education and the seamless transition between the two are in our DNA. We have over 20 years of experience in delivering a personalised learning experience to our students. We will continue to work collaboratively to enhance the multiple tertiary pathways and opportunities for students moving into higher education in our region and across all our academic partners. We will play a vital role in supporting the recovery of our region as a result of COVID-19. It is important that we don't leave anyone behind and that in order to build a stronger, fairer and greener economic future, we must continue to focus on the needs of students in that context so that no one is left behind.

"As we approach our tenth birthday as a tertiary university, we particularly welcome the recommendation that Scottish Funding Council recognises our important contribution and includes it in the national approach to articulation data going forward. The proposed refined process will include our students articulating from higher national programmes to degrees for the first time, giving a full account of the breadth and impact of work going on in the Scottish sector."

View the National Articulation Forum report


Case study

Brian Connor - BSc (Hons) audio engineering
“I came straight out of school into college. I did a year of media studies at Inverness College UHI then moved to Perth the following year to start a sound production HNC.
I decided to come to Perth College UHI mainly through word of mouth recommendation. I had been searching for a hands on/ vocational orientated audio engineering course as soon as I was leaving school. I found a number of options, but after speaking to some ex-students from each course, I realised that Perth was the closest to what I was after.
I then chose to study the BSc (Hons) audio engineering because of the resources at the college and the knowledge of the lecturers. I came to an open day and the fact that most of the lecturers still work in the industry, as well as teach, gave the impression that any advice offered would be well informed with current standards of industry.  
What I like most about my course is the freedom to explore any creative path I’ve wanted to. I came to the college with the intention of pursuing music production, but over my time here realised that I found that sound design and dubbing work came much more naturally as a skillset and so have chosen that as the path I want to pursue in the future.”