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The Shetland College part of Shetland UHI.

A PRINCIPAL has now been appointed to lead a new merged college for Shetland.

Professor Jane Lewis has been selected for the role, which attracted more than twenty applicants from the UK and overseas.

Lewis is currently professor of marine phycology at the University of Westminster in the school of life sciences.

She will start her job on 1 October as she oversees the merger of Shetland College, the NAFC Marine Centre and Train Shetland.

Lewis said she is keen to strengthen Shetland’s activities in research, innovation, skills development and enterprise, and to ensure there are learning opportunities and pathways for everyone.

“The new college will be an inspirational hub of innovation and learning designed to meet the needs of the people of Shetland,” she said.

Ruth Campbell, project manager for the Shetland College merger, added: “Shaping a new organisation for the benefit of everyone in Shetland will require strong leadership and a clear vision, so the shadow board for the project is delighted to be welcoming Jane at this stage”.

Lewis’ previous research has focused on understanding harmful algal blooms. She also teaches various environmentally related subjects.

She was previously pro-vice chancellor and dean of the faculty of science and technology at Westminster supporting a team delivering a broad spectrum of courses including undergraduate, post-graduate study, professional and short courses.

Lewis said her interest in moving to Shetland began through her marine research career, for which she has spent extensive time working in Scotland.

Interim joint principal for Shetland College and NAFC Marine Centre Willie Shannon will revert to his substantive post of director of the fisheries college.

The new college, which will form part of the UHI network, will be established early in 2020. Until this time, Lewis will be leading the current Shetland College to prepare for the merger.