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Video integrates distant members

FAR-FLUNG ICE members in the Scottish Highlands could soon be convening meetings miles apart via a video links.

A video conferencing system being developed by the University of the Highlands & Islands could bring benefits to the

650-strong Highlands branch of Glasgow and the West of Scotland.

The UHI experiment, which linked Moray College in Elgin, the UHI executive office in Inverness, Thurso College and the North Atlantic Fisheries College in Scalloway, Shetland, was hailed as a success by participating ICE members.

UHI capital works co-ordinator and ICE member Ian MacGillivray said: 'Despite technical problems, such as the size of the screen, slight background noise and slow camera work, the experiment was noted as a good way to spread ICE activities in the Highlands.

'It's the branch's intention to repeat the experiment - perhaps even providing a link to one of the Great George Street meetings.'

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