Financially troubled UHI Shetland sets out strategy to close Lerwick campus

The financial challenges at UHI Shetland are likely to see its Lerwick campus close as it focuses its operations in Scalloway. 

Vice principal Gemma MacGregor confirmed the strategy was to house the college on a single campus.

“An in principle decision has been taken by the UHI Shetland board of management is that this would be the Scalloway campus.

“We are also working with colleagues at the Shetland Islands Council to source a suitable smaller learning site in Lerwick for some classes and courses.”

Ms MacGregor said its campuses cost a “significant amount of money” to run and were under used.

“So this is part of our endeavours to become a sustainable entity,” she said.

 “It is a medium-term plan of at least two- three years and there is a significant amount of work and discussion to be undertaken to move to make this change

“UHI Shetland needs to ensure that we meet the future needs of a tertiary college for Shetland, and for our students and staff.”

Unions have criticised the decision saying no consultation had been taken and there was no clarity on what courses would be available.


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  • Claire Chroston

    • May 3rd, 2024 14:48

    “We are also working with colleagues at the Shetland Islands Council to source a suitable smaller learning site in Lerwick for some classes and courses.”

    Watching developments with interest , cynicism, disgust, and anger.

  • M Forrester

    • May 3rd, 2024 23:04

    The UHI treatnent of NAFC is a travesty. If the NAFC is under utilised then the fault lies T the door of UHI management who need to recognise that the NAFC is a world renowned nautical centre of learning and research. With leadership from the UHI Shetland principal it could be the jewel in the UHI crown.
    Local, national and international demand for nautical courses is there. They need more people with experience of sea based industries, and vision to get the courses staffed (at salaries commensurate with the industry) and to get the courses running again. Many are privately funded by the companies, others by government grants etc.

    To downsize and repurpose the classrooms signals a lack of understanding of the industry NAFC exists to serve.


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