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Ross-shire’s newest MSP praises a Highland college during campus visit – Maree Todd, the MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, made her remarks about North Highland College UHI after a visit to its Alness campus


By Ian Duncan

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Maree Todd at the Alness campus of North Highland College UHI.
Maree Todd at the Alness campus of North Highland College UHI.

Ross-shire’s newest MSP has acknowledged the “exceptional” efforts of a college in responding to the coronavirus crisis.

Maree Todd, the MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, made her remarks about North Highland College UHI after a visit to its Alness campus.

She has praised the college for its exceptional response to the Covid-19 pandemic at the campus on Monday.

The Alness campus provides higher and further education programmes across its four campuses in Alness, Dornoch, Thurso and Halkirk – it offers a range of courses specialising in the creative industries, health, education and social care sectors.

Ms Todd said: “It was great to visit North Highland College’s campus in Alness on Monday to hear how they have coped throughout the pandemic.

“The past year has forced us to adapt to new ways of working and learning, so It was interesting to hear first-hand from tutors how students have been engaging remotely and how they have adapted to deliver in-person teaching safely.

“It’s clear that North Highland College’s exceptional response to Covid-19 has been down to the determination and resilience of both staff and students.”

She said it was also fantastic to hear about the college’s continued commitment to working collectively with employers across the region to bring training opportunities to young people.

Principle Debbie Murray said: “Working in partnership is at the heart of the North Highland College UHI strategy and we are truly excited to stand beside all our regional allies to make sure that, together, we keep building exciting opportunities for our young people.”


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