Member of the Week - Inverness College UHI

Inverness College UHI is part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, a distinctive partnership of 13 individual colleges and research institutions rooted in communities, but with national and international reach. The university is the UK’s leading tertiary education provider, encompassing both further and higher education, and Inverness College UHI is one of the largest partners.

Inverness College UHI offers more than 200 courses from access through to degree and beyond. Their courses have been designed to meet the needs of industry and they work closely with employers to prepare their students for the world of work. Inverness College UHI has an extensive schools programme, offering college courses to senior phase secondary school pupils across the Highlands, and are one of the biggest providers of apprenticeship training in Scotland. Additionally, Inverness College UHI runs a series of leisure, part-time and short courses. 

Inverness College UHI has two campuses – its main one at Inverness Campus, which includes 300 student residences, and the Scottish School of Forestry at Balloch, Scotland’s only forestry training provider delivering both higher and further education within its own practical training environment.

The partnership continues to evolve and earlier this year the University Court and representatives from the boards of all of the colleges and research institutions involved in the partnership agreed in principle to create a more integrated institution. Initially, Inverness College UHI, Lews Castle College UHI, Moray College UHI, North Highland College UHI and the University of the Highlands is leading this initiative and have formed an integration board to investigate the possibilities of forming a single legal entity.

We spoke to Carol Langston, head of CREATE, the university’s Centre for Enterprise and Innovation based at Inverness College UHI, and the programme leader for the new PgCert Global Entrepreneurship.Carol is an experienced business woman and leading entrepreneurial educator who has taught around the globe and has been published within the field of strategic business and enterprise.She is also a Fellow of both the Higher Education Academy and the International Entrepreneurship Educators Programme.

We asked Carol why she would like Inverness College UHI to feature as member of the week: “We are currently launching our new PgCert Global Entrepreneurship, an innovative business development programme designed for small business. The programme is for those who are spending more time working in their business than on it, or who want to develop new ideas to grow their business.”

Inverness College UHI would like to tell you about their innovative new business development programme - the PgCert Global Entrepreneurship. Run by CREATE, the university’s Centre for Enterprise and Innovation based at Inverness College UHI, the programme is designed with sole traders, small business leaders and early stage entrepreneurs in mind.The one year programme is taught completely online meaning you can combine part-time study, at a time and place to suit you, with your other commitments.

It will:

-Develop your practical entrepreneurial skills
-Improve your leadership practices and the productivity of your business
-Unlock new growth potential
-Support you to become more responsive and able to exploit domestic and global opportunities
-Allow you to gain a competitive edge by applying proven thinking, tools and concepts in the ever-changing market place.

The programme is made up of three modules:

-Entrepreneurial mindset for growth
-Developing an innovative business model
-Effective sales and collaboration.

Each module involves the examination of live case studies and entrepreneurial behaviours as well as assessments centred on your own organisation and business interests with each learner accessing a unique network of support from the programme team, the university network and your own personal business mentor.

For more information on this programme call Carol Langston or Sam Eccles on 01463 273267 or email them at pgcge.ic@uhi.ac.uk.

Inverness College UHI are delighted to have achieved many awards and commendations including: Gold standard by Investors in People in December 2016; First in the university and college sector in Scotland to sign up to the Charter for Involvement, a commitment to listen to and respect the views of people with additional support needs and CREATE itself has won the University of the Highlands and Islands’ Student Support Initiative Award in 2017 for its Business Competition.

We asked Carol what Inverness College UHI values most about Inverness Chamber membership: “Our Chamber membership has allowed us to develop a close working relationship with expertise and support available at the Chamber and the wider business community.”

Carol’s ‘top tip’ to make the most of membership would be to: “invest in yourself and your business in 2019 by undertaking effective personal development training which will benefit both you and your business.”

Web: www.inverness.uhi.ac.uk
Facebook: @InvernessCollegeUHI
Twitter: @ic_uhi
Tel: 01463 273000
Address: 1 Inverness Campus, Inverness, IV2 5NA