Meet our Students

Ava McMillan, Skills for Work: Hairdressing content student in salon

Ava McMillan, Skills for Work: Hairdressing

Ava McMillan (16) has ambitions to be a hairstylist and is enjoying learning new skills at UHI Inverness that she can use in her future career. 

Ava said: “I want to be a hairdresser and I am enjoying drying and styling hair. Studying at UHI Inverness is a really good way of learning new things. I’ve learnt lots of techniques and made new friends. I also really like how big and open the campus is.” 

George Huxtable-Smith, National Progression Award: Professional Cookery content student cooking in kitchen

George Huxtable-Smith, National Progression Award: Professional Cookery

George Huxtable-Smith (16) from Balloch is studying NPA Cookery at UHI Inverness. 

George said: “I chose the course because it helps me learn life skills in the kitchen and how to cook properly. Cooking is something I love. The best thing has been learning how to use a knife properly and another highlight is eating the food afterwards. 

“My Senior Phase course has helped give me the foundation to join a professional kitchen in the future. I also enjoy the freedom it offers compared to school and it allows you to meet new people. It’s been a great time and I would recommend to others to give it a try.” 

Finlay MacGregor, Foundation Apprenticeship: Civil Engineering content student on computer

Finlay MacGregor, Foundation Apprenticeship: Civil Engineering

Finlay McGregor (16) from Nairn is studying Foundation Apprentice Civil Engineering at UHI Inverness because he has always had a keen interest in the topic. He enjoys learning in a new environment, away from school, where he has formed new friendships. 

Finlay said: “I think the lecturers are very friendly and they teach in a way that is easy to understand. One of the highlights was visiting the Balfour Beatty site and we have also had the opportunity to speak to past students.” 

He hopes to move onto an apprenticeship after school and believes his Senior Phase course will help with that progression. 

“I believe that the more you put into the course, the more you get out of it,” said Finlay. 

“It is a really enjoyable and interesting course. I really like the whole community feel at UHI Inverness and how everyone is friendly and welcoming.”