During a Holyrood debate on further and higher education this week, Tavish highlighted the federal structure of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and the need for its partner institutions, which include Shetland College and NAFC, to be treated equally.
Tavish recently met with the principals of both local colleges to discuss their future plans, funding and their relationship with UHI. Concerns have been raised about the top-slicing of up to 30% of budgets by UHI's central office in Inverness, meaning less money for teaching in Shetland and across the region.
Speaking after the debate, Tavish said:
“Scalloway’s Marine Centre and Shetland College are essential for skills and learning. So 30% cuts to course funding are concerning. I am asking the Scottish Government to look at why this is happening. UHI is a partnership of all the institutions including Shetland College and NAFE, yet the funding pressures being placed on the colleges do not reflect that equal status.
“This needs ministerial involvement and I will be pressing for that to happen.”
The official report from the debate can be found here.