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.

Updated: 20 May 2021

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

Telephone: +44 (0)1463 273000

Campus information including opening hours

Principal officers of the college

Principal – Professor Chris O'Neil
Assistant Principal Finance & Audit - Roddy Ferrier
Assistant Principal Operations & External Relations – Georgina Parker
Assistant Principal Academic & Research - Melanie Smith
Assistant Principal Student Experience & Quality - 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
Telephone: +44 (0)1463 273000

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

College Secretary
Inverness College UHI
1 Inverness Campus
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.


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

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 273511 or e mail us at to make an appointment with the Freedom of Information Officer.

The College has a Freedom of Information Policy which provides 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

Telephone: +44 (0)1463 273000

The College has guidance on how to process a Subject Access Request.

Environmental information

Freedom of Information Officer
Inverness College UHI
1 Inverness Campus

Telephone: +44 (0)1463 273000

Carbon management 

Information on the Carbon Management Plan

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

Download a copy of the Strategic Plan.

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.


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 

Supporting strategies

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

How Inverness College UHI is run


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 13 or more than 18 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 Articles of Governance describe the operational procedures of the Board of Management.

Conflict of interest

The Articles of Governance provide 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 
  • Register of Interests for members of the governing body and senior management

Equality and diversity

The college commitment to equality and diversity our staffing report and our strategic equality outcomes for the period 2017 - 2021 is set out in the following documents:

Progress in meeting our is reported on an annual basis to the Senior Management Team and Board of Management:

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 and 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 who require the service and have a colour based way finding approach to indicate each floor and level for those with other support needs.  A quiet room, a gender neutral toilet facility, and multi-faith facility also provide further inclusive facilities.

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 and responds to feedback from service users.  The college also undertakes periodic access audits to ensure access facilities are maintained and improved.


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 by way of a staffing return to the Scottish Funding Council and quarterly and annual reports are presented to the Human Resource 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

Student Data
Management Information Systems
Inverness College UHI
1 Inverness Campus

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.

The Health and Safety Committee is chaired by the Principal and Chief Executive.  The Audit Committee of the Board of Management receive quarterly and annual reports on Health and Safety performance and statistics.

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 Manager
Inverness College UHI
1 Inverness Campus


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 Marketing and Communications Manager.

Public relations and press enquiries are handled by our Public Relations & Marketing Officer.

The majority of marketing and promotions work including design is undertaken internally, with key publications such as the Prospectus being outsourced.

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

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 or

Marketing & Communications
1 Inverness Campus

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 University has an alumni association and the Inverness College UHI welcomes any communications and support from its alumni.

Facilities and services available to the local community

You can find out about these facilities and services 

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.

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 no subsidiary companies.

Strategic agreements with other bodies

The College is an Academic Partner of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).  The Articles of Association can be found here.

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:

Management Information Systems
Inverness College UHI
1 Inverness Campus

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)) on an annual basis. Copies of college reviews are available on the Education Scotland website 

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 ( or by contacting:

Quality Unit
Inverness College UHI
1 Inverness Campus

Telephone: +44 (0)1463 273000

Other statutory reports

Information which the college is legally required to publish includes our financial statements or 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 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.