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Students in historic graduation

The first degrees and qualifications from UHI that have not had to be validated by the Open University are to be awarded this week.

The prospective University of the Highlands and Islands was given taught degree awarding powers last August.

Students will graduate from sites in the Highlands, Argyll and Moray.

Earlier this month, Inverness economist Tony Mackay criticised the time it was taking for UHI to secure full university status.

UHI described the graduations as historic.

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