Facilities and Resources

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We have a range of amenities including :

  • High quality library and information services
    • Well-stocked with a wide range of books, DVDs and videos and access to several thousand online journals
  • Excellent computer facilities
  • Well-equipped canteen with healthy and fresh options for breakfast, lunch or a snack
  • Interactive white boards
  • Internet access
  • Video conferencing facilities (including new flat screen units, touch screen panels and ceiling-mounted microphones)
  • Friendly and accessibly service for disabled students
  • Fully-equipped Construction and Creative Industries sections that can be utilised for your business needs

Construction section

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The construction section has a Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) 860 router, which can be used on a commercial basis. The router would be ideal for the craft industry and could also be used to make a jig (or template); to rout your own joints or for complicated engraved designs in wood.

Textile facilitation unit

Our textile facilitation unit within the Creative Industries Section can also be accessed by businesses to enable new initiatives to progress and for research and development purposes. We will knit as little as three metres.

It is run by two highly qualified industrial textile technicians who takes students and clients through all stages of design, development and the production of knitted textiles, including garments.

The unit has three Shima Seki knitting systems (12 gauge Shima (model SIG 123 SV), 5 gauge Shima (model SES 122) and 7 gauge Shima (model SES 124)) and a range of finishing equipment.

A state-of-the-art computer system can visualise knitted structures and make instructions for knitting fabrics and jacquard fabrics, which can be developed from design ideas in discussion with our technician, from photos of your artwork or from traditional patterns where you own the copyright.

Recent examples include the development of new lace fabrics in 1 ply Shetland wool, the reinterpretation of an early Fair Isle pattern, contemporary textiles using mixtures of Italian and Shetland yarns, the development of knitted garments and very contemporary fine art textiles for university graduates.

Your first consultation with our technicians is free of charge (phone call, email correspondence or quick visit) and then there is an hourly rate for design development and programme patterns for use on the electronic knitting machines. With Shima Seiki dedicated software, patterns can be quickly adapted from design and knit programmes (Design-a-Knit). For complex, new or radically different work in smart textiles (yarns that conduct light and heat), or for garments in numerous sizes, several sessions will be required. Customers supply their own yarn but we can advise, if required.

Joan Fraser is one of several local textile producers who makes good use of the Shetland College Textile Facilitation Unit. Her website provides an excellent insight into the work of our textiles staff.

The Creative Industries Section visits international trade fairs such as Premier Vision in Paris and Pitti Filati in Florence to get up-to-date market intelligence on trends.


Shetland College UHI offers students the chance to apply for financial support from our Discretionary and Childcare Funds for Further and Higher Education.

If you require childcare for when you are studying with us, you can apply for support from the Childcare Fund.  Contact Shetland Guidance for more information.