Extension Opens Up Opportunities At Shetland College

by Alastair Hamilton -

A new extension to Shetland College, costing £4.5m, has greatly increased the working space available for students and staff.

The new extension was opened by HRH Princess Anne, who is Chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), on 16 September. The extension joins the two earlier college buildings, previously separated by a road, and thus creates a unified campus for the first time. It also expands the available teaching space and offers a new library, a new café and social area and meeting rooms.

Shetland College is one of the constituent colleges of UHI and provides a wide range of full- or part-time courses up to degree level. The College has particular strengths in art and music and, when the UHI appoints a Professor of Creative Industries, the post will be based in Lerwick. The address at the graduation ceremony which followed the official opening was given by Midge Ure, formerly of Ultravox and now a much-loved solo performer.

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