Facts and figures


West Highland College UHI was established in August 2010 as the result of the merger of Lochaber and Skye & Wester Ross Colleges.

We have no single, central campus. Our ten College Learning Centres throughout the region are in: Auchtertyre,  Broadford, Fort William, Gairloch, Kilchoan, Kinlochleven, Mallaig, Portree, Strontian and Ullapool.


Higher Education

  • Our world class 4 year degree – the BA (Hons) Adventure Tourism Management –is the only one of its kind in Scotland and is based in Fort William, the Outdoor Adventure capital of the UK.
  • Students are able to embrace the best outdoor environment in the UK with first-hand experience of adventure tourism management whilst also gaining the theoretical foundation required for the degree.
  • This year, the college will have around 100 students studying across the 4 years and recruited from Scotland, wider UK, Europe and Internationally.
  • The college has an ever increasing number of HNC courses available across our network of college centres delivered using a combination of video conferencing and virtual learning environments.

Further Education

Students can study our full time courses in a number of College Learning Centres:

  • Access to Higher Education
  • Administration
  • Art & Design
  • Access to Construction
  • Business Skills for Tourism
  • Child, Health and Social Care
  • Early Education and Childcare
  • Hairdressing
  • Maritime Skills
  • Music
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Outdoor Leadership
  • Professional Cookery
  • Rural Skills

Work-based learning

We provide a range of work-based qualifications to those in full time employment including Modern Apprenticeships and Scottish Vocational Qualifications.

Support for Employment

Our employability programmes are a growing part of the college’s remit for all age groups.

We work in partnership with local businesses to develop the skills needed for people to secure employment and voluntary options locally.

Local Learning

There is also a large portfolio of local community-based programmes from Bee Keeping to Butchery, delivered in local college learning centres. 

Management of West Highland College UHI

Principal: Lydia Rohmer

Board of Management

  • Chair: John Hutchison
  • Vice Chair: Gordon Bushnell


  • HISA depute president
  • Gordon Bushnell
  • Duncan Ferguson
  • Carl Haberl (support staff member)
  • John Hutchison
  • Robert Kelly
  • Hayley Lewis
  • Ann Lloyd
  • Christine Mackay
  • Lydia Rohmer
  • Hilary Stubbs
  • Lewis Sturrock (teaching staff member)
  • Iain Turnbull
  • Vacancy


  • Michael Foxley
  • Andy Rogers