Orkney College UHI Strategic Plan 2018-2021

Orkney College UHI Strategic Plan 2018-2021

Orkney College UHI is a small, but vibrant, college operating in an island community (population circa 21,500), which is both rural and predominantly agricultural. As an island community, the population of Orkney is reliant upon the College to provide a wide range of educational opportunities full-time/part-time, further education/higher education. The curriculum offered is solidly based on the needs and strengths of the community. The College provides a wide range of courses, which are in demand within the community, including a range of short courses for businesses and longer-term vocational training for employees.

The College is one of very few in Scotland that are not incorporated, with responsibility for Further Education being vested in Orkney Islands Council. The College Management Council has continued to discuss the status of the College but has concluded, because the College serves a specialised local community and has good relationships both with the business community and Orkney Islands Council, that there is no real advantage in a change of status. A major change for the College has been the creation of the Highlands and Islands Regional College with Orkney College being assigned to the University of the Highlands and Islands with all of the Further and Higher Education funding now coming through UHI. This has not changed the legal status of the College but has seen the introduction of a Further Education Regional Board to which the College is additionally accountable.

 

Read our strategic plan Orkney College Strategic Plan 2018-2021