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We marked this big anniversary by sharing stories from staff, students and friends from across the decades. Have you studied or worked at the college? We want to hear from you!

Student Stories

As part of our 70th celebrations we shared photos and stories from our former staff and students, exploring how the college helped them in their careers and where they are now. Stories like Ishabel Macintyre’s below.

“The Barra Learning Centre has helped me be able to progress with my career at sea by providing me with the foundations needed to start a career at sea. The tutors are very good at getting the information across to students and have a great wealth of knowledge that helps the students find it easier to progress through the ranks.

Nothing is ever a problem to anyone who works in the Barra Learning Centre and will do everything they can to help, it’s been a credit to the community of Barra.

I started working at sea in 2014 and have travelled the world and seen some fabulous places and got paid to do it.

I have worked in many different sectors; royal fleet auxiliary, stand by for rigs, ferries, and windfarms, to name just a few. I also volunteered for Barra Lifeboat Station, and I am now currently volunteering for Portrush Lifeboat in Northern Ireland.

I studied for my yacht master offshore coc stcw commercial endorsement a few years ago and everything in that course was covered by the seamanship classes I took when I was in school at the centre, which made the course easier to pass and that was 10 plus years since I first learnt anything to do with tides, chartwork colregs etc. It just goes to show, all that information I learnt all those years ago in Barra Learning Centre stuck and still helping me to this day.”

Ishabel Macintyre

Woman with sea charts

Our exhibition

As well as our story collection we will hosted an archive exhibition and a celebratory event where everyone was welcome.

The exhibition of photographs and archives took place in our Stornoway campus foyer. We shared old photos, stories, gems from our archives. We asked former staff and students to share photos from student days, special events or Graduation! 

Our anniversary event

We will be welcomed all staff, students and friends, past and present, to a celebration event on the 28th of September 2023. People came to the Stornoway campus, enjoy the exhibition, share stories and enjoy a drink with their college family.