Area Information


University of the Highlands and Islands

The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) is a distinctive partnership of colleges, learning and research centres working together to provide university level education to people throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and beyond. UHI has over 8000 higher education students studying undergraduate and post graduate education across its various locations, with degree courses covering engineering, health and wellbeing and creative industries.

Moray College UHI

As one of the members of the UHI, Moray College’s main campus is in Elgin, with an additional four learning centres in the area branded as Scottish University for Industry Learning Centres.

The college offers higher and further education courses over a wide range of vocational, technical and academic qualifications including:

  • Science and technology
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Engineering and construction
  • Business and leisure
  • Creative industries
  • Arts, social sciences and theology
  • Environmental and rural studies
  • Gaelic medium studies

The UK’s first undergraduate course in web science jointly developed by Webscience Trust, MIT and University of Southampton will be completed at Moray College.

Moray is an emerging location for life sciences with a growing Digital Health cluster. The Alexander Graham Bell Centre, located at the Moray College campus will compliment the activity being done in the Moray region.

Glasgow School of Art - Centre for Design Innovation

One of Europe's most renowned international art schools operates the Centre for Design Innovation as a satellite centre in Moray. In addition to employing researchers, the Centre offers student placements and internships with Highlands and Islands businesses, aiming to create new research and commercialisation opportunities.

One of its priority research areas is health and wellbeing. It also supports 100 businesses to engage in design led innovation. Glasgow School of Art is one of Britain's foremost institutions for creative research, education and practice.

Inverness College UHI

Inverness College UHI is the largest college in the Highlands and Islands. Inverness College also offers a wide range of vocational, technical and academic qualifications, including higher national certificates, diplomas, modern apprenticeships and Scottish Vocational Qualifications. The college works closely with local employers to ensure relevant course content.

Banff and Buchan College, Fraserburgh

Banff and Buchan College is located within one hour's drive of Elgin and attracts students from all over the world. The main campus is in Fraserburgh. The college offers a range of courses with particular strengths in engineering and nautical disciplines.

The University of Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen has 500 years of experience at the forefront of teaching, learning and discovery. As the 'global university of the north', it has consistently sent pioneers and ideas outward to every part of the world. It is an ambitious, research-driven university with a global outlook, committed to excellence. Multidisciplinary research centres and institutes bring together experts to work with colleagues across the UK and beyond on the big issues of today.

The Robert Gordon University

Robert Gordon University has an outstanding international reputation, producing confident, highly employable graduates, undertaking ground-breaking research and developing the careers of professionals. The university's teaching staff have an outstanding reputation for quality and academic research and a track record in graduate employment that is the best in Scotland. The university's range of degree courses include online degrees as well as traditional taught courses in subjects as diverse as art and design, management and engineering.


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