What to expect
We hope that you are excited about starting your course and looking forward to this new challenge. The first few weeks of study are important. This page will provide all the information you need to hit the ground running and what to expect from your induction.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we've had to make some changes to the way induction is delivered this year.
You’ll receive an email in August, inviting you to attend a remote 'meet and greet' session during w/c 24th August (further education students) or 7th September (higher education students). For January starts, you'll receive this information in December. This email will include the day and time of your remote 'meet and greet' along with joining instructions.
At these sessions, you'll receive induction information ahead of starting your studies the following week.
Format of induction is under review due to the pandemic, but usually includes:
- An introduction to your Personal Development Advisor (PDA) or Personal Academic Tutor (PAT), depending on your level of study. Your PDA/PAT will provide you with academic support throughout the duration of your studies. Your PDA/PAT is your key point of contact and is there to help you succeed in your studies and will signpost you to any support you require;
- Further information about your course including your course handbook and timetable. You'll also meet staff delivering your course.
- An introduction to our ICT systems, learning platforms, campus buildings and facilities.
- You will also receive an introduction to SkillZone, our one stop shop for study skills, our Student Supprt Team, Library and Learning Resource Centre.
- Students intending to use our car parking must also obtain a permit. Information on how to do this will be explained to you. Inverness College UHI is reviewing its management arrangements for its car parks to minimise misuse and improve safety and it’s important we have accurate information regarding usage by staff and students.
Watch this video to find out how to login on to our computers, access Wi-Fi, find the MyDay student portal – a one stop shop for all student related information – and use the printers/photocopiers.
We recommend setting up OneDrive for Students, which gives you 1TB of cloud storage for saving your documents. Guidance is available here.
We recommend students download the ‘myday’ student portal smart phone app.
Login via your user ID (firstname.lastname@example.org) and password. This will give you access to the student portal at home, including your email and calendar.
You may find the following tiles on the myday student portal useful:
- Parking permits
- Mobile print
- Food and beverage feedback
- UHI Records
Please contact our ICT Team if you are having difficulties with any of the above.
Courses at Inverness College UHI range from those delivered completely face to face to those that are delivered 100 per cent only. Most lie somewhere in between, with several different formats used to deliver the course. This is commonly referred to as blended learning.
During your studies, you will use a vritual learning environment known as Brightspace. You will also find a link to Brightspace on myday. Your Personal Development Advisor (PDA) or Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) will introduce you to Brightspace when you start. Login using your user ID (student number) and password.
This is where you will find additional induction information, including campus maps, opening hours, information on the Highlands and Islands Students' Association and our academic calendar.
Brightspace is used by many teaching staff to upload course information for students. It also highlights areas where we can offer you support.