Care Experienced and Vulnerable Students
At Inverness College UHI, we recognise that starting a new course can be an exciting opportunity, but it can also feel overwhelming, especially if you have experienced difficulties in your childhood or have been cared for away from home.
Examples of difficulties in childhood could be the death of a loved one, bullying at school, witnessing violence in your own home or suffering from poor mental health.
Examples of being cared for away from home are living in residential care, foster care, or being cared for by friends or relatives (other than your parents).
We are aware that through your journey so far, you have developed great strength, resilience and a determination to succeed. We want to help you achieve all that you are capable of, by working with you to provide the opportunities you need to make that happen.
At Inverness College UHI we have a caring and friendly support team who are there to provide help with course and study related queries, everyday concerns, health and wellbeing, counselling sessions and learning support.
Your first point of contact is our Access and Transitions Coordinator, Amanda Learmonth who can make sure the right people are there for you. Meet me here: Access and Transitions Coordinator
For our directory of social, practical and wellbeing support services view and download our Support Directory here : Directory of Support Services
Buttle UK Quality Mark
At Inverness College UHI we are proud to have been awarded the Buttle UK Quality Mark which recognises our commitment to working with young people who have lived care experience.
The Buttle UK Quality Mark was introduced in 2006 and provides a framework which enables Higher and Further education institutions to improve and accredit support for looked after young people and care leavers.
You can view our plans for looking after students with lived care experience by clicking on the links on the right hand side of this page. Please note that the plan and report are available in alternative formats on request.