University of the Highlands and Islands - Further Education Teaching Programme: consultation

Whether the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) should provide a Further Education Teaching Programme for individuals seeking registration as a further education teacher with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

About this consultation

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on the proposed further education teaching programme to be delivered by the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). The Scottish Ministers are proposing to make a determination under article 30 of the 2011 Order to specify that the UHI course constitutes a recognised teaching qualification for individuals seeking registration as a further education teacher.

Details of the provider, UHI, and the TQFE programme to be delivered by UHI are provided further below.

Responding to this consultation

We are inviting responses to this consultation by midnight 29 June 2021.

Please respond to this consultation using the Scottish Government online consultation platform, Citizen Space. You can view and respond to this consultation online. You can save and return to your response while the consultation is still open. Please ensure that consultation responses are submitted before the closing date of 29 June 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Scottish Government offices are currently closed to the majority of staff. It would therefore be helpful if you could respond online via Citizen Space. If you are unable to respond online, the Scottish Government will by exception accept email or postal responses. Please complete the Respondent Information Form (see 'Handling your response' below), and send this along with your response to:


Or write to us at:

College Governance Team
5 Atlantic Quay
150 Broomielaw
G2 8LU

Handling your response

If you respond using Citizen Space, you will be directed to the Respondent Information Form. Please indicate how you wish your response to be handled and, in particular, whether you are happy for your response to be published.

If you are unable to respond via Citizen Space, please complete and return the Respondent Information Form included in this document (see supporting files). If you ask for your response not to be published, we will regard it as confidential, and we will treat it accordingly.

Please note that responses will not be accepted without a Respondent Information Form.

All respondents should be aware that the Scottish Government is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and would therefore have to consider any request made to it under the Act for information relating to responses made to this consultation exercise.

Next steps in the process

Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public online. If you use Citizen Space to respond, you will receive a copy of your response via email.

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us reach a decision on the final product specification seeking registration or assist in determining the applications suitability for the scheme and whether it can be forwarded to the European Commission for the next stage of the application process.

Comments and complaints

If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please write to us using the contact details above.



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