Inverness College UHI has been rated number one college in the North of Scotland in providing a high quality learning experience for students.
A total of 27 institutes from across Scotland were inspected by Education Scotland (ES).
The Highland capital campus was only one of five to receive an “excellent” rating for leadership and “very good” ratings for both student outcomes and the quality of provision and service.
It was the only one in the north of Scotland to achieve such a status.
Education Scotland inspectors said: “The college continues to improve all aspects of its provision and now performs very well across key performance indicators for FE. Effective leadership and good governance ensure that the college maintains an outward-looking and informed perspective, with partnership working and the contribution to local and regional developments a key feature.”
Roddy Henry, depute principal at Inverness College UHI, said: “We continually review our practices to ensure a strong culture of improvement, which has a positive impact on the student experience.
“Our staff go the extra mile to help students throughout their studies and our students work really hard to gain their qualification.
“I am delighted to see this hard work recognised by Education Scotland as sector leading and we will continue to enhance what we do.”
Student success rates over the last five years have also found to have improved across the campus with 71.8% of full-time further education students performing well above the national average.
Inspectors also outlined that attainment in learners with protected characteristics and who face additional challenges on a daily basis had largely improved with success rates in full-time disabled students recorded at 64.8% as part-time students exceed with 83.7% rating.
The team were praised for their close links with local employers and large corporations in providing worthwhile opportunities for students in their desired fields.