Inverness College UHI became the 62nd organisation in Scotland to sign up to the Charter for Involvement. More importantly it became the first tertiary college in Scotland to do so, and we hope it will lead the way for other colleges and universities to show a commitment to improving involvement for people.
NIN Chairperson Lynnette Linton and Planning Group member Alan Mackenzie from St Joseph’s Services spoke to students and staff about the Charter before Principal and CEO Professor Chris O’Neill signed up on behalf of the university.
Professor O’Neill said: “We currently provide education to more than 200 students within supported programmes. We’re delighted to be the first university in Scotland to sign up to the Charter for Involvement, which will see us draw up an action plan on how we can improve involvement for these students. It is crucial that all our students feel listened to and respected and the principles of the Charter are ones we strive to deliver for all our students. We are fully committed to working with all our students to ensure they are at the heart of the plans we make.”
Inverness College UHI runs a range of courses for people with additional support needs including Community Link for people recovering from mental health difficulties, its Skillsbuilder courses for people with support needs and its Pathways to Study programmes for people who want to return to work or study.
Lynnette Linton said: “We are thrilled that Inverness College UHI is the first college and university in Scotland to sign up to the Charter and will work with students to improve involvement.”
Inverness College UHI is the 4th Inverness based organisation to sign up to the Charter in the last few months. Way to go Highland!