Class 1: About Inverness College UHI

This class provides information about Inverness College UHI, who we are, where to find us, how to contact us, how we are managed and our external relations

General Information about Inverness College UHI

Inverness College UHI is a tertiary institution providing lifelong learning opportunities and is the largest partner in the group of colleges and research institutions that form the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).

As a large organisation with one of the widest ranging curricula in Scotland, we cater for over 6,000 students, from a variety of countries, who study either full-time or part-time. We welcome students of all abilities and from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

If you wish to contact the college, the main campus address is:

Inverness College UHI
1 Inverness Campus
Inverness
IV2 5NA

Telephone: +44 (0)1463 273000
Email: info.ic@uhi.ac.uk

Opening Hours – Main Campus

Day Open Closed
During academic sessions
Monday to Thursday 07:00 21:00
Friday 07:00 19.00
Saturday 09:00 13:00
Sunday Closed Closed
During academic holidays
Monday to Thursday 07:00 19:00
Saturday & Sunday Closed Closed
Opening Hours – Library and Learning Resource Centre (LRC)
Monday 08:30 18:00
Tuesday & Wednesday 08:30 20.00
Thursday & Friday 08:30 17:00
Saturday 09.00 13.00

Other College Premises

Scottish School of Forestry (Balloch Campus)
Viewhill
Inverness
IV2 5EA
Telephone: +44 (0)1463 273600

The Falcon Education Centre
Aviemore Highland Resort
Aviemore
PH22 1PN
Telephone: +44 (0)1479 810074

Campus maps are available for Balloch

Please see the section on Physical Resources for further details of the estate.

Principal Officers of the College

Principal – Diane Rawlinson
Depute Principal - Roddy Henry
Director of Corporate Services – Vacant
Director of Organisational Development – Lindsay Ferries
Director of Business Development – Georgie Parker
Head of Research and Development - Melanie Smith
Head of Curriculum - Gillian Berkeley
Head of Student Services - Lindsay Snodgrass

Organisational structure and responsibilities within the college.

The current organisation chart includes information on the relevant senior managerial staff and a description of the responsibilities/activities of the major organisational units.

Please telephone 01463 273000 for a copy of the chart

If you wish to make a complaint about any aspect of our service or our provision, please contact:

Quality Unit
Inverness College UHI
1 Inverness Campus
Inverness
IV2 5NA
Telephone: +44 (0)1463 273000
Email: quality.unit.ic@uhi.ac.uk

If you wish to serve official documents on the college, please contact:

College Secretary
Inverness College UHI
1 Inverness Campus
Inverness
IV2 5NA
Telephone: +44 (0)1463 273000

Customer Codes or charters

We do not hold this information

Access to information

Freedom of Information Requests

If you wish to make a Freedom of Information Request there are a number of ways you can do this :

By writing to us.

The college has produced an Application Form to assist you to make an information request.

Online:

In many cases a link has been created to take you directly to the relevant page or document.  Where no such link is present, you can use our website’s Search.

If you are unable to find what you are looking for, please call the Freedom of Information Officer on 01463 273511 for further assistance.

Most information listed in our publication scheme is available to download free of charge.

By email:

When making a request by email, please provide a telephone number so we can telephone you if we need clarification prior to responding. Our email address is foi.ic@uhi.ac.uk

By phone:

Information can also be requested from us over the telephone by calling 01463 273511 and asking for the Freedom of Information Officer.

In person:

If you would prefer to see someone in person, you may call 01463 273511or e mail us at  foi.ic@uhi.ac.uk to make an appointment with the Freedom of Information Officer.

The College has a Freedom of Information Policy which provids information on how to request a review or make a complaint.

Subject Access Requests under the Data Protection Act 1998

If you wish to make a Subject Access Request please contact:

Data Controller
Inverness College UHI
1 Inverness Campus
Inverness
IV2 5NA

Telephone: +44 (0)1463 273000
data.controller.ic@uhi.ac.uk

The College has a Data Protection Policy and guidance on how to process a Subject Access Request.

Environmental Information

Freedom of Information Officer
Inverness College UHI
1 Inverness Campus
Inverness
IV2 5NA

Telephone: +44 (0)1463 273000
Email: foi.ic@uhi.ac.uk

Carbon Management Plan

A new plan is being developed.

Our Constitution

Inverness College UHI was established in 1960. The College is a statutory corporation established pursuant to the terms of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992 and a charity registered in Scotland under charity number SC021197, having its registered office at 1 Inverness Campus, Inverness IV2 5NA.

Corporate Planning - Inverness College Strategic Plan 2017-2020

The Strategic Plan has just been approved and will be available to download shortly

College Vision

We will be recognised as a centre of excellence, working with partners to deliver a coherent education system founded upon:

  • Inclusive practice that encourages participation and closes the attainment gap;
  • Courses of excellent quality that respond to industry demand;
  • Seamless pathways through all levels of education;
  • Research that informs teaching and drives regional innovation.

We will achieve this by creating a dynamic and progressive environment which promotes effective teamwork, dispersed leadership and creativity.

Values

Our values define who we are, our expectations of ourselves and of each other. They describe how we interact with one another and how we interact with our students and partners.

The values that underpin the culture of Inverness College UHI are

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Passion

These values underpin our behaviours at work and the commitments we make to ourselves and one another.

Our Commitment

We will operate in an environment of mutual respect, behaving professionally at all times;

We will act with integrity, being honest and transparent in our work and putting the interests of our students first

We will be accountable for our actions, do what we say we will do and exceed expectations;

We will be passionate in our work and in our ambition for our students, our college and our university.

Supporting strategies aligned with the Inverness College UHI Strategic Plan available to download

Internal procedures for planning and resource allocation

The college has procedures for the cycle of planning for resources, curriculum and improvement.  Further information can be obtained from the Quality unit at quality.unit.ic@uhi.ac.uk

How Inverness College UHI is run

Introduction

This section covers information relating to the way the college is run and how decisions are made. It includes information on the legal status of the college as well as its governance structure.

Board of Management

The Board of Management of Inverness College UHI is a statutory corporation established pursuant to the terms of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992 and a charity registered in Scotland under charity number SC021197.

Governance Structure

The College is governed by a Board of Management which is responsible for overseeing the college’s activities, determining its future direction and fostering an environment in which the college mission is achieved and the potential of all learners is maximised. The Board shall consist of not less than 10 or more than 16 persons.

The Board of Management must ensure compliance with the statutes, ordinances and provisions regulating the college and its framework of governance and, subject to these, take all final decisions on matters of fundamental concern to the college.

The College Secretary is responsible for making the arrangements for the appointment of external members, or the reappointment of existing external members, to the Board of Management of Inverness College UHI.

The College Governance Manual describes the operational procedures of the Board of Management.

Conflict of Interest

Within the Governance Manual you can find information on the circumstances in which members of the Board of Management, senior managers and other members of staff are expected to declare potential conflicts of interest.

The following Codes of Conduct govern any conflict of interest issues

Board of Management Code of Conduct - the code is contained within the Governance manual - see link above

Staff Code of Conduct

Register of Interests for members of the governing body and senior management

The college holds a register of interests for members of the Board of Management and for Senior Managers.

Equality and Diversity

The college commitment to equality and diversity is set out in the following documents:

The college commitment to pay equity is set out in the Equal Pay Statement and Action Plan

Progress in meeting the objectives set out in these documents is reported on an annual basis to the Senior Management Team and Board of Management:

The college Inclusiveness Policy sets out our commitment to promote equal access for everyone. Equality of opportunity is embedded in all our policies and procedures and is reviewed by way of Equality Impact Assessments which are published.

Opportunities are available for students to disclose/identify a need for additional support and further information on this service can be found on the Student Support section of the website.

As a post-16 Further and Higher Education body, Inverness College UHI is defined as a Corporate Parent under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. As such, the College has a responsibility to understand the lives of Scotland’s looked after young people and care leavers and respond to their needs as any parent should. The College has recently approved its Corporate Parenting Plan.

Accessibility of Buildings and Services

The Main Campus building and the Scottish School of Forestry building at Balloch have seen a much improved infrastructure that enables access inclusion for all.

Inverness Campus as a whole site has ramped accesses throughout and is well served by maintained paths around the lochan and to the pedestrian Golden Bridge that crosses the A9 towards Raigmore.

Spaces are reserved for those who possess a blue badge and these spaces are nearer the main building in Jura car park.

Inside the main building we have provision of a hearing loop system for those with hearing difficulty and the walls have been coloured coded with differing colours on each floor for those with reading difficulties.

The Main Campus building has six lifts evenly distributed to reach all three levels and has a large amount of toilets and showers some of which are equipped with lifting equipment for those with limited mobility.

The Scottish School of Forestry building at Balloch also boasts a shower facility with hoist equipment for access.

Inverness College continually monitors access and facilities for the less abled and will maintain an annual disabled access risk assessment as a minimum.

Statistics

Statistics on all equality issues are gathered on an on-going basis regarding our staff and student population. Staff data is reported on an annual basis to the Human Resources Committee of the Board of Management. Student data is reported annually by way of annual FES and HESA returns.  For further information please contact.

Staff Data
Human Resources
Inverness College UHI
1 Inverness Campus
Inverness
IV2 5NA

Student Data
Learner Administration and CMI
Inverness College UHI
1 Inverness Campus
Inverness
IV2 5NA

Health and Safety

Inverness College UHI has a comprehensive Health and Safety Policy which details its commitment to maintaining a high standard of health and safety for all employees, students, visitors and members of the public using the college. Supplementary policies are in place to ensure the safety of contractors working on college premises.

Regular reports are made by the college Health and Safety Committee to the Board of Management.

Inverness College UHI's support arrangements for health and safety emergencies are detailed in our Fire and Emergency Evacuation Procedures.

Further information regarding Health and Safety matters can be obtained by contacting

Health and Safety Officer
Inverness College UHI
1 Inverness Campus
Inverness
IV2 5NA

Email: info.ic@uhi.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)1463 273000

External and Community Relations

Our external communications; branding, corporate literature, advertising, promotional literature and merchandise, printed matter, events and website are handled by the Communications and Marketing Manager. Our public affairs are handled by contractors Weber Shandwick who help support our relations with press and secure connections with local businesses across the Highlands and Islands as well as nationally in some instances.

We outsource all of the major specialisms associated with Marketing such as design work, print, merchandise.

Our open days, events, evening classes, courses and news can be found on this website which is updated daily.

Public Relations

All press queries are handled by Weber Shandwick. The college calls on their services to promote necessary messages to the general public for general knowledge and awareness as well as make connections with key business people within our local area. This enables us to build on already established links and opportunities to share information.

Positive PR is vital to support the reputation of the college and regular stories keep the college in mind when students make potential career choices as well as showcase our strengths to the local business community.

News is copied onto the website where RSS feeds enable stories direct to interested parties.

Information on this function can be found by contacting marketing.ic@uhi.ac.uk or

Marketing & Communications
1 Inverness Campus
Inverness
IV2 5NA

Telephone: +44 (0)1463 273215

Arrangements for keeping in touch with former staff and students including constitution of alumni organisations, services provided to alumni

The College does not have an alumni association.

Facilities and services available to the local community.

You can find out about these facilities and services by clicking here

Promotional material relating to institutional fundraising objectives, including fundraising plans and prospectuses.

The college does not hold any promotional material relating to institutional fundraising objectives or plans.

A copy of the current prospectus can be downloaded.

Information created specifically to publicise facilities and activities including press releases, college website, newsletters and magazines.

The College uses this website to publicise a number of activities.

Subsidiary companies (wholly and part owned) and other significant financial interests.

The College has a subsidiary company – CREATE (The Highland Centre for Enterprise and Innovation).

Strategic agreements with other bodies.

The college does not have any strategic agreements with other bodies

Government and Regulator Relations

This section covers information the college provides to Government and external regulators. Much of this information is already made available to the public by some other means. Members of the public are also likely to find the same or related information is available from the external partners the college has links with.

Funding Body Statistical Reports and Returns

The college is legally obliged to report statistics to the Scottish Funding Council on a regular basis. Data that is submitted is aggregated anonymously and identifies the programme groups which are active, the different levels of study and the varying modes of attendance.

For further information please contact:

Student Records
Inverness College UHI
1 Inverness Campus
Inverness
IV2 5NA

Telephone: +44 (0)1463 273000

Education Scotland Reviews

The college further education is inspected by Education Scotland (formerly Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education (HMIE)) every three to five years. Copies of college reviews are available on the Education Scotland website www.educationscotland.gov.uk

The college’s higher education provision is reviewed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) as part of the University of the Highlands and Islands provision. Reports on subject specific reviews can be obtained from the QAA website (www.QAA.ac.uk) or by contacting:

Quality Unit
Inverness College UHI
1 Inverness Campus
Inverness
IV2 5NA

Email: quality.ic@uhi.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1463 273000

Other Statutory Reports

Information which the college is legally required to publish includes our annual accounts.

Information on Student Admission, Progression and Completion

The Scottish Funding Council collates student information across the further and higher education sectors. The information can be accessed via their website www.sfc.ac.uk by selecting the “Statistics” option from the menu at the top of the page.

Information on our further education student population is available on request. Higher education statistics can be obtained from the Scottish Funding Council web site.