NEW UHI course responds to climate change and transition to net zero

A new course developed by UHI West Highland, UHI North Highland and UHI Outer Hebrides aims to equip graduates with the skills and knowledge to enter the fast-growing and dynamic green economy industry.

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Study trips in Scotland will provide an opportunity to gain unique insights into the current challenges facing conservation and wildlife managers.

Starting this September, the HNC Wildlife and Conservation Management course will focus on important activities such as ecology and ecosystems, species and habitat monitoring, conservation, land management and sustainable wildlife management. Case studies on peatland restoration and marine conservation will be included, with whole units on these being developed for subsequent years.

Claire Thomson, Course Leader, Built Environment and Rural Skills at UHI West Highland said:

"We are excited to be involved in this new course, addressing as it does the skills required for a new generation of land managers and other environmental professionals to respond to the climate crisis we find ourselves in. The breadth of the course is excellent and acknowledges the multidisciplinary nature of the issues we face and the resultant required skills of the graduate who will go on to address these."

Stewart Blair, UHI North Highland Programme Leader said:

“We have always worked closely with the rural sector and have designed this course to meet the needs of the land managers of the future.

Talking to employers, they have highlighted the necessary skills that they require from future employees. This course will enable land managers of the future to respond to the issues of climate change and help us get to the point of Net Zero. Sustainable environmental care and conservation will be a key element to that journey.“

The HNC in Wildlife and Conservation Management is available to study full time or part time and students can study most of the course from anywhere in the UK with an internet connection.

As well as attending classes online, study trips in Scotland will provide an opportunity to gain unique insights into the current challenges facing conservation and wildlife managers.

Charlie Main, lecturer at UHI Outer Hebrides said:

“I am so excited to see the launch of the new Wildlife and Conservation Management HNC. With widespread declines in biodiversity, our nature and environment are starting to struggle and so to be resilient to the climate crisis we must work to address this. This means we must look to Green Job creation and upskilling the local workforce to deal with the nature crisis. This new course is aiming to do just that.”

Students will benefit from lecturing from teams with many years of experience in conservation, wildlife and management industries and are at the forefront of developing courses for the rural sector.

For more information and to apply for this September, please visit: HNC Wildlife and Conservation Management (