April - June 2019

 

Course Title Description Start DateLocationCostContact
Writing Bootcamp      

Need some quiet space and dedicated time to complete that piece of writing? Complete a short first draft of your first book, manuscript, or paper in one weekend in the Isles! Arriving at Doune Braes, on the historic Isle of Lewis on Thursday, May 23rd, writers will each be given a private ensuite room to write and sleep. The group writes together in a large quiet room, independently; then, they come together Friday evening, and again Saturday evening to report on their progress and to read an excerpt of their work to the group. The working day will be monitored by writer and editor Dr. Kara Smith of Lews Castle College, and during the day, writers will be without access to telephone, mobile or the internet so that they are not distracted from the intense period of  draft writing.

Email Dr. Kara Smith {Kara.Smith@uhi.ac.uk} for additional information, to register and/or to complete a writing plan.                                                              

Dr. Kara Smith, PhD, OCT, GTCS is a writer, educator and researcher working for Lews Castle College (LCC), University of Highlands and Islands (UHI), and the University of Windsor (UW) in Canada. Smith, a member of The Writer’s Union of Canada, is the author, and co-author, of several books including, The Artists of Crow County, Next to the Ice, and Teaching, Learning & Assessing. She is a member of the General Teaching Council of Scotland (GTCS), the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), the Principals’ Council, and the Supervisory Officers of Ontario. Dr. Smith teaches in the PGDE programme at Lews Castle College, and supervises post graduate research students in Scotland and Canada.

Links:

http://www.uwindsor.ca/education/110/dr-kara-smith

https://www.writersunion.ca/member/kara-smith

https://blackmosspress.com/dd-product/the-artists-of-crow-county/

http://www.mosaic-press.com/product/next-to-the-ice-exploring-the-culture-and-community-of-hockey-in-canada/

Thursday, Friday, Saturday,

May 23-26, 2019

Doune Braes Hotel,

Isle of Lewis

£350

Dr. Kara Smith

Kara.Smith@uhi.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exploring the Geology of Lewis & Harris

The islands of the Outer Hebrides are constructed from some of the oldest and most spectacular rock types and formations in the world. Unique to the northwest of Scotland, the Lewisian Gneiss is named for its type-area in Lewis, and although the geology can get very complicated very quickly, this introductory guide to the rocks of Lewis and Harris will showcase some of the best geological localities and will explain the features of rocks and landscape found here. Starting each day with a short orientation lecture, this course will explore three distinct areas of Hebridean geology.

Day 1

Starting in northern Lewis we will look at the Ness metasediments and related deformational features, then along the west coast to inspect the remaining evidence of glacial activities in the area. Ending up looking at the relationships the ubiquitous “grey gneiss” exhibits with older and younger metamorphic rocks.

Day 2

Picking up from day 1, this excursion will visit some of the granitic complex of western Lewis, including the Uig intrusions and the spectacular Glen Bhaltos. The day ends on the east coast, in Point, to interpret the Stornoway sandstone formation, the only extensive non-metamorphic rock-type now observable.

Day 3

Extending our understanding of the complexity of the Lewisian Gneiss rock-types, this excursion will explore the exotic and complex meta-igneous landscape of South Harris.

These trips can be booked as a 1-day, 2-day, or full 3-day excursion and each minibus will leave from the Stornoway campus and will be accompanied by a local geologist from the UHI to explain the geology. Dress accordingly for the weather and bring your own lunch, your camera, and your questions.

22-24 May

19-21 June 2019

In the field – Lewis & Harris

£75.00 – 3 days / £50 – 2 days / £25 – 1 day

(Includes travel to and from the pickup point)

 

Prof. Frank Rennie

Frank.Rennie@uhi.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hebridean Weather 

Day 1

In the classroom, we will use the latest media tools, weather maps and data, and time-lapse videos to study and learn more about the unique weather and climate of this spectacular region.

The Outer Hebrides can rightly lay claim to some of the most severe weather experienced in the Northern Hemisphere. This Introductory indoor and outdoor course on the Weather and Climate of the Hebrides is ideal for those fascinated by the weather and landscape of the Hebrides. No previous qualifications are necessary.

Day 2

Out in field, we will examine and uncover evidence of historic past climates of the Hebrides, as displayed at the key coastal sites, deep within the extensive peat bogs and glacial sediments, as evident at several sites on the Isles of Lewis and Harris.

This short course can be booked as a 1-day (classroom) or 2-day (field-trip excursion) event. A minibus will leave on day 2 from the Stornoway campus and will be accompanied by an expert from the University. Please dress accordingly for the weather and bring your own lunch, camera and a desire to learn more!

 

18-19 May

8-9 June 2019

 

Lews Castle, Stornoway & across Lewis and Harris

 
£50 (2 days) or

£25 (1 day) incl. field trip

Dr. Edward Graham

edward.graham@uhi.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supernatural Folklore: the Hebridean Otherworld 

Hebrideans have long been aware of the existence of an unseen realm beyond their own. This Otherworld was believed to have been populated by fairies, by ghosts and other spirits, and by witches. Each of these had its own social function at a time before either Christianity or science had penetrated the popular consciousness.

This course will introduce you to the Hebridean Otherworld, its inhabitants, and their various functions.

At lunchtime, participants will go for a walk to visit a nearby site that is steeped in local folklore. Please bring a packed lunch or bring some change to buy lunch in the campus café/restaurant.

Course Content

-Fairy belief in the Gaelic-speaking world;

-Ghosts: Shades of the living or spirits of the dead?

-Witches and wise women

One-day Course  

May 22nd, June 26th 2019, 10am – 4pm

 
  £25 

Catriona Murray

01851 770461

Catriona.murray@uhi.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 Cèitean, 28 Cèitean, 25 ògmhios

Gràmar na Gàidhlig

Gaelic Grammar for fluent speakers

 

Bhiodh an cùrsa seo feumail do dhuine sam bith a tha fileanta sa Ghàidhlig agus a tha ag iarraidh na sgilean sgrìobhadh aca a leasachadh.  Thèid coimhead ri siostam liteachaidh na Gàidhlig san là-an-diugh, a thilleadh air structaran agus puingean gràmair.

This course would be suitable for fluent speakers or advanced learners who wish to enhance their written Gaelic.  Students will study Gaelic orthography, syntax and grammar. 

 

 

21 May, 28 May, 25 June

 

Colaisde a’ Chaisteil, Steòrnbhagh

 

Lews Castle College, Stornoway

Can also be delivered by Video Conference
 

Angela Weir

Angela.Weir@uhi.ac.uk

 

 

  

  

 

22 Cèitean – 24 Cèitean

Gràmar na Gàidhlig

Gaelic Grammar for fluent speakers

Bhiodh an cùrsa seo feumail do dhuine sam bith a tha fileanta sa Ghàidhlig agus a tha ag iarraidh na sgilean sgrìobhadh aca a leasachadh.  Thèid coimhead ri siostam liteachaidh na Gàidhlig san là-an-diugh, a thilleadh air structaran agus puingean gràmair.  Thèid beachdachadh air sgilean eadar-theangachaidh agus rèim cainnt aig diofar ìrean.

This course would be suitable for fluent speakers or advanced learners who wish to enhance their written Gaelic.  Students will study Gaelic orthography, syntax and grammar.  The course will also give students the opportunity to consider formal and informal registers, particularly with regard to translation work.

22 May- 24 May

 

Colaisde a’ Chaisteil, Steòrnbhagh

 

Lews Castle College, Stornoway

Can also be delivered by Video Conference 
 

Angela Weir

Angela.Weir@uhi.ac.uk

 

  

 

  

 

 

Sea Survial/ personal Survival Techniques

 

https://www.lews.uhi.ac.uk/courses/certificate-personal-survival-techniques-stcw-table-a-v1-11/

3 May, 24 May 2019  Lews Castle College, Stornoway  £110 

Iain Angus Macaulay iainangusmacaulay@uhi.ac.uk 

Alistair Macleod 

a.macleod33@uhi.ac.uk

 

  

Emergency First Aid at Work / STCW First Aid

https://www.lews.uhi.ac.uk/courses/certificate-first-aid-elementary-stcw/

(The three day “First Aid at Work” is available on request.)

19 Apr, 17 May, 14 Jun 2019  Lews Castle College, Stornoway  £110 

Iain Angus Macaulay iainangusmacaulay@uhi.ac.uk 

Alistair Macleod 

a.macleod33@uhi.ac.uk

 

  

RYA SRC / VHF

https://www.rya.org.uk/courses-training/courses/specialist/Pages/src.aspx

10 May, 7 Jun 2019  Lews Castle College, Stornoway  £150 

Iain Angus Macaulay iainangusmacaulay@uhi.ac.uk 

Alistair Macleod 

a.macleod33@uhi.ac.uk

 

  

RYA Day Skippers Course

https://www.lews.uhi.ac.uk/courses/certificate-rya-day-skipper-shorebased-course/

(The course will be run on 6 consecutive Fridays.)

19 Apr, 26 Apr, 3 May, 10 May, 17 May and 24 May 2019

Lews Castle College, Stornoway  £375 

Iain Angus Macaulay iainangusmacaulay@uhi.ac.uk 

Alistair Macleod 

a.macleod33@uhi.ac.uk