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Staff

Q: Why is the merger being considered?

A: This is a once in a generation opportunity to build a new college of scale and impact that serves and supports around 9,000 students in 20 remote rural and island campus locations across the Highlands, Skye and the Western Isles. It brings together and builds on existing excellence and expertise to create a step change for tertiary learning and skills, research, enterprise and innovation in our region.

It better serves our students and our communities by providing strengthened career pathways and greater job satisfaction for our staff. It also unlocks new opportunities for future strategic development and investment through ambitious collaborations and projects that, as single small colleges, we are currently finding hard to achieve.

Q: Is the merger a done deal?

A: No. The options appraisal identified a merger as a very positive and feasible solution for ensuring the long-term sustainability of the colleges. We believe it offers many benefits for staff, students and local communities, so we are now beginning the formal process to explore how it could work. At this stage no decisions have been made.

Q: How can I have my say and get involved with the project?

A: There will be several opportunities to share your views and play a part in developing what the merger could look like. The first formal opportunity will be as part of the on-going public consultation. Engaging with our teams will be a key part of this process which will examine the rationale and vision for the merger. There will be a further consultation in 2022 to develop the business case. We will share full details of the various staff engagement opportunities that will be delivered as part of the first consultation in the coming weeks.

Q: What consultation has taken place to this point?

A: In September a meeting of over 50 delegates from the Boards, staff and student bodies of the colleges met to discuss our shared vision of what a new organisation could achieve, and what benefits and opportunities this could bring to our students, our staff and our communities. Many expressed their enthusiasm, interest and support to further explore what can be achieved going forward.

Our Boards contain representation from both staff members and HISA and have also been fully consulted at each stage. Additionally, our three Principals have been answering individual questions both in staff meetings and privately.  All of the views expressed, and questions raised, will be fed into the relevant workstreams for consideration.

Q: How many jobs will be lost?

A: Staff can be reassured no compulsory redundancies will occur as a direct result of the merger

Q: Will there be a centralisation of facilities?

A: The board have made it clear the colleges will retain their local identity and management.

Q: Will any of the existing college estate be closed?

A: The merger will provide opportunities to reconsider our estate – invest where we need to and where there is benefit – and help us re-engage with our communities. It will also allow us to put proper infrastructure behind our research output, to help it grow, attract funding, linked to our natural capital and skills and specialisms that exist within our staff base.

Providing even greater equity of opportunities for those who live in the remote, rural and island communities in which we are rooted, is also a fundamental aim of the project and we will ensure those considerations key in our decision making.

Q: How will you continue to ensure the curriculum on offer is what local communities and businesses need?

A: We now have the opportunity to take a deep dive into the curriculum to identify opportunities across tertiary, community, commercial engagement. We can also explore new ways to engage with local experts opening opportunities across the geography resulting from pooling the joint knowledge and expertise of our staff.

Q: How will this affect the ongoing UHI Curriculum Review?

A: The proposals will give us the opportunity to deliver a truly tertiary curriculum, from school through to PhD, across all of our merged College.

Q: Are Trade Unions being consulted/informed?

A: We have created a trade union engagement forum which will meet regularly throughout the merger project. The first of these meetings took place on December 1, 2021

Q: What if I am not in a Trade Union?

A: The partnership Board has staff representation from all of three colleges.

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Students

Students

Q: Why is the merger being considered?

A: This is a once in a generation opportunity to build a new college of scale and impact that serves and supports around 9,000 students in 20 remote rural and island campus locations across the Highlands, Skye and the Western Isles. It brings together and builds on existing excellence and expertise to create a step change for tertiary learning and skills, research, enterprise and innovation in our region.

It better serves our students and our communities by providing strengthened career pathways and greater job satisfaction for our staff. It also unlocks new opportunities for future strategic development and investment through ambitious collaborations and projects that, as single small colleges, we are currently finding hard to achieve.

Q: Is the merger a done deal?

A: No. The options appraisal identified a merger as a very positive and feasible solution for ensuring the long-term sustainability of the colleges. We believe it offers many benefits for students, staff and local communities so we are now beginning the formal process to explore how it could work. At this stage no decisions have been made.

Q: How can I have my say and get involved with the project?

A: There will be several opportunities to share your views and play a part in developing what the merger could look like. The first formal opportunity will be part of the on-going public consultation. Engaging with our teams will be a key part of this process which will examine the rationale and vision for the merger. There will be a further consultation in 2022 to develop the business case. We will share full details of the various engagement opportunities that will be delivered as part of the first consultation in the coming weeks. There is also student representation on the merger partnership board formed to take the plans forward

Q: What consultation has taken place to this point?

A: In September a meeting of over 50 delegates from the Boards, staff and student bodies of the colleges met to discuss our shared vision of what a new organisation could achieve, and what benefits and opportunities this could bring to our students, our staff and our communities. Many expressed their enthusiasm, excitement, and support to explore further what can be achieved going forward.

Our Boards contain representation from both staff members and HISA and have also been fully consulted at each stage. Additionally, our three Principals have been answering individual questions both in staff meetings and privately.  All of the views expressed, and questions raised will be fed into the relevant workstreams for consideration.

Q: Will any of the existing college estate be closed?

A: The merger will provide opportunities to reconsider our estate – invest where we need to and where there is benefit – and help us re-engage with our communities. It will also allow us to put proper infrastructure behind our research output, to help grow it, attract funding, as above, linked to our natural capital and skills and specialisms that exist within our staff base. Providing even greater equity of opportunities for those who live in the remote, rural and island communities in which we are rooted, is also a fundamental aim of the project and we will ensure those considerations key in our decision making.

Q: How will you continue to ensure the curriculum on offer is what local communities and businesses need?

A: We now have the opportunity to take a deep dive into the curriculum to identify opportunities across tertiary, community, commercial engagement. We can also explore new ways to engage with local experts opening opportunities across the geography resulting from pooling the joint knowledge and expertise of our staff.

Q: How will this affect the ongoing UHI Curriculum Review?

A: The proposals will give us the opportunity to deliver a truly tertiary curriculum, from school through to PhD, across all of our merged College.

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Public

Public

Q: Is the merger a done deal?

A: No. The consultation process is on-going. This is a once in a generation opportunity to build a new college of scale and impact that serves  9,000 students in 20 remote rural and island campus locations across the Highlands, Skye and the Western Isles.

Q: Why do the three colleges need to be merged?

A: This is a once in a generation opportunity to build a new college of scale and impact that serves and supports around 9,000 students in 20 remote rural and island campus locations across the Highlands, Skye and the Western Isles. It brings together and builds on existing excellence and expertise to create a step change for tertiary learning and skills, research, enterprise and innovation in our region.

It better serves our students and our communities by providing strengthened career pathways and greater job satisfaction for our staff. It also unlocks new opportunities for future strategic development and investment through ambitious collaborations and projects that, as single small colleges, we are currently finding hard to achieve.

Q: Who are the board?

A: The board consists of the principals and board chairs of the three colleges, along with staff and student representatives

Q: What consultation has taken place to this point?

A: In September a meeting of over 50 delegates from the Boards, staff and student bodies of the colleges met to discuss our shared vision of what a new organisation could achieve, and what benefits and opportunities this could bring to our students, our staff and our communities. Many expressed their enthusiasm, excitement and support to explore further what can be achieved going forward.

Q: Will you continue to consult with staff, students and the community?

A: Absolutely, a program of consultation will be rolled out shortly.

Q: Will any of the existing college estate be closed?

A: The merger will provide opportunities to reconsider our estate – invest where we need to and where there is benefit – and help us re-engage with our communities. It will also allow us to put proper infrastructure behind our research output, to help grow it, attract funding, as above, linked to our natural capital and skills and specialism that exist within our staff base.

Q: How will you continue to ensure the curriculum on offer is what local communities and business need?

A: We now have the opportunity to take a deep dive into the curriculum to identify opportunities across tertiary, community, commercial engagement. We can also explore new ways to engage with local experts opening opportunities across the geography.

Q: Have you consulted with local business?

A: The merger will better place us to work with SMEs and Micro businesses. It will also enhance our entrepreneurial ability to engage with large-scale regional initiatives currently only open to others coming into our region. There will also be a opportunity for businesses to participate in the on-going consultation process.

Q: Why do you believe a merged college will be better at “unlocking opportunities”?

A: This is a once in a generation opportunity to build a new college of scale and impact that serves and supports around 9,000 students in 20 remote rural and island campus locations across the Highlands, Skye and the Western Isles. It brings together and builds on existing excellence and expertise to create a step change for tertiary learning and skills, research, enterprise and innovation in our region.

It better serves our students and our communities by providing strengthened career pathways and greater job satisfaction for our staff. It also unlocks new opportunities for future strategic development and investment through ambitious collaborations and projects that, as single small colleges, we are currently finding hard to achieve.

Q: What is your new social contract with the community?

A: We now have an opportunity to go back out to our communities and engage with them on a renewed basis – a relaunch of what we offer – a new social contract with our communities