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Students give top marks to Highland university

By Andrew Dixon

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Julie Cromarty at Inverness Airport.
Julie Cromarty at Inverness Airport.

The University of the Highlands and Islands has been rated as one of the top universities in the UK for postgraduate students.

Student satisfaction with the university’s postgraduate programmes is higher than ever, according to two new sector-wide surveys.

The university received a score of 89 per cent student satisfaction in the 2019 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey. This is nine per cent higher than the average for Scottish higher education institutions and five per cent higher than the university’s 2017 result.

The survey gives students a chance to provide feedback on areas including learning and teaching, assessment and feedback, and organisation and management. More than 250 north students took part.

Dean of students Dr Iain Morrison said: “These wonderful results show that our students are extremely happy with our postgraduate taught programmes. To be so far ahead of the Scottish sector shows that our expert, hard-working staff understand the needs of students at this level and are providing an exceptional experience that should make our university the destination of choice for anyone undertaking a postgraduate certificate, diploma or masters degree.”

The university has also been rated highly in a survey of postgraduate research students.

It received a score of 85 per cent student satisfaction, and was rated number one in the UK for student satisfaction on science, technology, engineering and maths programmes.

Dr Mary Doherty, head of postgraduate research development, said: “We are delighted to see that our research students feel we are providing an enriched experience.

“They were incredibly positive about the resources available from our academic partners and research centres and about the support they receive from research supervision staff. The survey also highlights that our part-time students and distance learners feel particularly supported.”

Julie Cromarty (44) from Inverness, is studying for MBA in aviation on a part-time basis through Perth College UHI.

“I completed a BA in business after I left school and have always wanted to do a masters,” she said. “This particular course appealed to me as it allows me to build on my previous business degree and combine it with 24 years of practical business experience in several different industries – primarily aviation.

“The online learning is great and so flexible. It allows me to work my full-time job around my study. My course leader is very helpful and there is no better place to study than the Highlands and Islands, surrounded by the most fantastic scenery.

“I believe my studies will help to further my career with the industry I am in or open doors to new opportunities such as starting my own business.”

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