In autumn 2015 Inverness College UHI will open its doors to students in its new location at Inverness Campus and at the Scottish School of Forestry at Balloch.
The new facility will provide an exciting range of further and higher education courses, alongside post-graduate opportunities and in work training. A purpose built research facility will assist the expansion of the existing nascent research base and offer facilities for PHD students. Inverness College UHI already offers a range of niche courses that attract students from far afield. The vision is to further expand the higher education offering with a focus on 'specialist' courses such as Forestry, Renewables, Aquaculture, Rural Studies and Architectural Technology.
The new education building will amalgamate the current Longman building and Midmills building and will be a key part of the community and as such will not only build links with local businesses but also will provide facilities for use by the general public.
UHI will also be providing teaching at the new shared premises on the Campus with courses linked to the research specialisms, such as gas and oil, teaching and learning, and rural health, which will also be housed in the building.
Additionally, the redevelopment of the Scottish School of Forestry site at Balloch will be an important and significant step towards achieving the college’s mission of providing high quality learning and support for the people and the economic future of the Highlands and Islands.
Getting to the new campus
After meetings with Stagecoach, the Operations Director has confirmed there will be a service from each of the main outlying areas (Aviemore, Dingwall, Beauly, Drumnadrochit & Nairn) that will arrive at the new campus between 08.30 and 09.00. They will enter the city centre but continue to the new campus, ceasing the requirement to change buses. This is still in the operations planning stage and no timetable has been made available to us at this time.
Services currently passing the site will be diverting to our building. They are also introducing an electric fleet to serve inner city which will include our site. Stagecoach are very aware of the development and plan to make the area well served from all parts of the city, but are unable to give firm detail as yet.
We will continue to update you on plans.
Virtual tour of the new Inverness College UHI campus