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Moray College UHI wants your memories from last 50 years.

By Chris Saunderson

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This November will mark 50 years of Moray College UHI.

It began life in 1971 as Elgin Technical College and is now part of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Getting ready to celebrate 50 years.
Getting ready to celebrate 50 years.

The college wants current and ex-students, current and previous staff, and the Moray Community to help them celebrate this momentous occasion.

A number of activities are planned throughout the year finishing with an awards ceremony on November 16, - the day Elgin Technical College officially opened - to mark the special contributions individuals have made to the college over the years.

Initially, to launch the birthday celebrations, the college is inviting anyone who has been involved in any way over the last 50 years to send in their old photos, extracts from old graduation brochures, special memories, funny stories, quotes, anything which can used as part of an online exhibition to be viewed on the college website.

In addition the college is also looking for information about specific momentous occasions in the development of the college to use as part of a 50 year timeline.

The college is also hoping to hold a physical exhibition for people to view over the summer in the college.

To find out more about the 50th birthday celebrations and how to submit go to www.moray.uhi.ac.uk/50years

You can also join the 50 years of Moray College UHI Facebook Group to share memories and keep up to date with all the birthday events.

The last 50 years has seen the college grow with more and more educational provision being offered. The opening of Linkwood Technology Centre allowed the college to offer a wider range of engineering, construction, automotive and oil and gas provision meaning that the college could meet the needs of local industry.

The Alexander Graham Bell Centre for digital heath officially opened in 2014 on the Moray College UHI campus and is a research, education and business hub.

The centre, jointly funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, NHS Grampian, Moray College UHI and European Regional Development Fund has been designed to bring together the expertise in digital healthcare and life sciences within the region and across Scotland. The centre offers state of the art conferencing facilities and full events coordination service as well as offices for business start-ups working in fields related to health and digital health.

The development of higher level courses as part of the University of the Highlands and Islands means the college can now offer up to degree level and beyond so students can get where they want to be without having to move outwith the area. The college can now offer many routes and pathways into further and higher education so students can choose the path which best suits their current lifestyles.

This also allows the college to strengthen links with local industry and ensure that the qualifications and skills gained by graduating students reflects the requirements of local industry.

A spokeswoman said: "Always proud to serve the Moray community and beyond, the college continues to be a strong partner helping to shape and grow the local economy."

It is a lead partner in two projects within the Moray Growth Deal, the college also sits on the boards for a number of groups including DYW Moray, Elgin BID and the Moray Community Planning partnership.

She added: "With over 20 years experience offering blended learning initially as part of the Millennium institute and now the University of the Highlands and Islands, Moray College UHI was able to seamlessly adapt its learning to fully online as required when the pandemic hit last year meaning that students were not adversely affected."

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