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UHI Inverness staff inspired by strongman Tom Stoltman at city conference


By Federica Stefani

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Staff with Tom Stoltman at UHI Inverness. Picture: UHI Inverness.
Staff with Tom Stoltman at UHI Inverness. Picture: UHI Inverness.

Hundreds of UHI Inverness members of staff gathered at a conference this week to take part in workshops and hear from the Invergordon guest speaker.

The theme of this year's staff conference was “Working Together is our Strength” and three times World’s Strongest Man champion Tom Stoltman was invited to give an inspirational talk.

During his talk with manager Ewan Martin, who has known the Stoltmans since childhood, Mr Stoltman referenced the importance of teamwork, explaining that his family, support team and the community around him were crucial to his success. He also spoke about the special bond between him and his brother Luke.

A UHI spokesperson said: “His insights on autism being his superpower and the visualisation techniques he uses were inspirational.

“Tom raised some laughs by describing himself as the World’s Strongest Swiftie and the 30 strongest men in the world as cuddly!”

Ewan Martin and Tom Stoltman on stage. Picture: UHI Inverness.
Ewan Martin and Tom Stoltman on stage. Picture: UHI Inverness.

The Stoltmans are due to visit UHI Inverness again on Tuesday, 6 August for an Open Day event.

During the opening session of the conference, principal and chief executive Professor Chris O'Neil thanked all staff across the organisation for continuing to go above and beyond for students and colleagues, ensuring that UHI Inverness continues to be a high-performing institution.

He mentioned many highlights of 2023/24, including staff achievements, and said he was looking forward to another positive and successful academic year.

The programme included morning and afternoon workshops for staff and ended by honouring colleagues who have worked at UHI Inverness for 20, 30 and 40 years.

Professor O'Neil also gave a special mention to the staff who will be retiring before the next academic year.



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