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University of the Highlands and Islands

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University of the Highlands and Islands
Scottish Gaelic: Oilthigh na Gàidhealtachd agus nan Eilean
UHI Coat of Arms.jpg
Other names
Latin: Universitas de Superiori et Insulae
MottoScottish Gaelic: Foghlam aig ìre Oilthigh air a' Ghàidhealtachd is anns na h-Eileanan
Latin: Studium Grado Universitatis in Superiori et Insulae
Motto in English
University-level study in the Highlands and Islands
Typefederal, public
Established2011 – University Status
1992 – UHI Millennium Institute
ChancellorThe Princess Royal
RectorAnton Edwards
PrincipalClive Mulholland
Students8,720 HE (2016/17)[1]
Undergraduates8,055 (2016/17)[1]
Postgraduates665 (2016/17)[1]
Other students
33,000 FE (2013)[2]
Inverness (Executive office)
ColoursPurple & White

University of the Highlands and Islands logo.svg

The University of the Highlands and Islands (Scottish Gaelic: Oilthigh na Gàidhealtachd agus nan Eilean) is a tertiary university composed of Academic Partners which are the 13 colleges and research institutions in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland delivering higher education. Its executive office is in Inverness.

The University of the Highlands and Islands has a number of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes, most of which can be studied at a range of locations across the area. There are 8,720 students who are on undergraduate and postgraduate courses and 33,000 further education students. There are 70 learning centres spread around the Highlands and Islands, Moray and Perthshire.[3]


While the University of the Highlands and Islands is Scotland's newest university,[4] many of its 13 colleges and research institutions have longer histories, the earliest having been founded in the 19th Century. The UHI network has had a unique structure and the way that it has evolved as a multi-campus institution has been constrained by a legislative framework that deals with further and higher education separately.[5] Technology has played an important part in connecting the partner institutions.[6]

In April 2001, it became known as the UHI Millennium Institute, following the Scottish Parliament awarding Higher Education Institute status. By 2004 full-time deans had been appointed to its three faculties, with experienced figures having been attracted from other academic bodies.[7]

University degrees were authenticated by the Open University Validation Service, the University of Strathclyde and the University of Aberdeen until 2008 when the UHI was given taught degree awarding powers (tDAP) by the Privy Council[8][9] under recommendation from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA);[10] Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diploma courses are awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

University status was awarded by the Privy Council in February 2011, and UHI became the University of the Highlands and Islands.[11][12]

Key dates

  • 1992 – UHI Project established
  • 1996 – Millennium Commission funding awarded
  • 1998 – Open University confirms degree validation backing
  • 2001 – Higher education institution status granted
  • 2002 – Research funding awarded
  • 2005 – Application for taught degree awarding powers lodged with the Privy Council
  • 2008 – Granting of Taught degree awarding powers
  • 2010 – Decision made to relocate to a new campus at Beechwood farm
  • 2011 – Awarded university status as the University of the Highlands and Islands
  • 2012 – Princess Royal installed as Chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands

Organisation and administration

The Princess Royal was officially installed as chancellor in June 2012.[13]

Clive Mulholland became principal and vice-chancellor in June 2014,[14] after his appointment to this post was announced in February 2014.[15]

Anton Edwards, a marine physicist, took over as rector in June 2014.[16]

The university coat of arms has been designed to reflect important aspects of the university. A compass rose with a fleur de lys indicating north denotes the university's location and two open books symbolise learning. The 13 hazel leaves are to represent the university's partners, a tree associated with wisdom in Celtic and Norse tradition.[17]

It has an annual income of £48.2 million.[18]

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business

In the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business, courses such as honours programmes in Gaelic,[19] Theological Studies,[20] and Scottish History,[21] all reflect the distinctive nature of the region, its past, present and future. The Centre for History is based in Dornoch and teaches a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees via videoconference to students around the UHI network and worldwide.[22] The faculty also offers a groundbreaking interdisciplinary course in Scottish Cultural Studies,[23] which received the 2005 Times Higher Education Supplement Award for Most Imaginative Use of Distance Learning.[24] Other postgraduate masters programmes cover the culture, literature and history of the Highlands and Islands, Material Culture and Gàidhealtachd History, Orkney & Shetland Studies, and Viking Studies. The business school offers distinctive programmes such as Scotland's only degree in Golf Management,[25]. The School of Adventure Studies delivers courses in Adventure Tourism Management, Adventure Performance & Coaching, Adventure Education & Marine Coastal Tourism using Lochaber, the UK's Outdoor Capital as a living research laboratory.[26]

From August 2013 UHI have benefited from allocation of student teacher places,[27] allowing postgraduate diploma in education (PGDE) to be offered, and the success of this has led to the number of places being increased.[28]

UHI Executive Office
UHI Executive Office

Faculty of Science, Health and Engineering

The Faculty of Science, Health and Engineering has research in Renewables, Marine Science, Digital Health, Sustainable Rural Development and Environmental Issues. A fully online honours degree programme is available across the UK from this faculty. The BSc (Hons) Sustainable Development[29] is an example of a multi-disciplinary programme from this Faculty. The programme has professional accreditation from the Institute of Economic Development.[30] The Faculty also offers postgraduate studies, including an MSc in Sustainable Rural Development.[31] This Masters programme also has professional accreditation from the Institute of Economic Development.[citation needed]

The Energy and Technology subject area offers a range of academic programs up to, and including Masters level (such as MSc Developing Low Carbon Communities and MSc Sustainable Energy Solutions), together with various subjects taught at HNC/HND level.

UHI has links with the new Centre for Health Sciences located behind Raigmore Hospital. This is being funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Government and Johnson and Johnson. Phase I of this opened in early 2007, phase II and phase III were opened in 2009. The University of Stirling has moved its nursing and midwifery operations from Raigmore Hospital to the CfHS. A BSc Oral Health Science was set up in 2008, and was based on two campuses, the Centre for Health Sciences and Dumfries Dental Centre. In 2011 a third campus was added in Stornoway. In September 2016 the Nursing and Midwifery Council approved the transfer of the pre-registration nurse BSc nursing programmes in Inverness and Stornoway to be provided by UHI.[32]

The £6.5 million Alexander Graham Bell Centre for Digital Health is a Moray College UHI centre for excellence in digital health and Life Science for the North of Scotland and beyond, providing facilities for, and expertise in, digital health and life science research and education. The centre was officially opened by the Princess Royal in June 2014.[33]

Constituent institutions

College Founded Main Campus Location
Argyll College 1997 Dunoon, Argyll and Bute
Highland Theological College 1994 Dingwall, Highland
Inverness College 1960 Inverness, Highland
Lews Castle College 1953 Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides
Moray College 1971 Elgin, Moray
NAFC Marine Centre 1992 Scalloway, Shetland
North Highland College 1959 Thurso, Highland
Orkney College 1995 Kirkwall, Orkney
Perth College 1961 Perth, Perth and Kinross
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig 1973 Sleat, Isle of Skye, Inner Hebrides
SAMS 1884 Oban, Argyll and Bute
Shetland College 1970 Lerwick, Shetland
West Highland College 2010 Fort William, Highland

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ a b c "2016/17 Students by HE provider, level, mode and domicile" (CSV). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  2. ^ Munro, Alistair (30 October 2013). "Highlands and Islands Uni in new principal search". The Scotsman. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  3. ^ "About UHI". University of the Highlands and Islands. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Facts and figures". The University of the Highlands and Islands. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Change in law could be the only way forward for UHI". Times Higher Education. 1 September 2000. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  6. ^ Brown, Mike (4 November 2003). "Homeward bound". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  7. ^ "New UHI deans bring title bid closer". Times Higher Education. 15 October 2004. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Highlands university moves step closer as key hurdle is cleared". The Scotsman. 26 June 2008. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  9. ^ "UHI is awarded taught degree awarding powers". Highland Council. 26 June 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Degree-awarding powers and university title". Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). 29 November 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  11. ^ "UHI Millennium Institute gains full university status". Times Higher Education. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Highlands and Islands' UHI wins university status". BBC News. 2 February 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  13. ^ "Princess Royal new Scottish university's chancellor". BBC News. 6 June 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  14. ^ "About UHI: Principal and Vice-Chancellor". University of the Highlands and Islands. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  15. ^ "Highlands university appoints biomedical scientist as new principal". STV News. 4 February 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  16. ^ Campbell, Rita (2 June 2014). "Marine physicist elected as university lecturer". Press and Journal (Scotland). Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  17. ^ "Scotland's newest university unveils coat of arms ahead of royal event". University of the Highlands and Islands. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
  18. ^ "Facts 2014" (PDF). University of the Highlands and Islands. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  19. ^ "Home: Courses: Undergraduate" (in Scottish Gaelic). Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  20. ^ "Theological Studies (BA Hons)". University of Highlands and Islands. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  21. ^ "Scottish History BA (Hons)". University of Highlands and Islands. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  22. ^
  23. ^ "Scottish Cultural Studies BA (Hons)". University of Highlands and Islands. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  24. ^ Thomson, Alan (2 December 2005). "Proud winners and PM sparkle at first awards". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  25. ^ "Golf Management BA (Hons)". University of Highlands and Islands. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  26. ^ "Adventure Tourism Management BA (Hons)". University of Highlands and Islands. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  27. ^ "New course enables primary teachers to train in Highlands and Islands". University of the Highlands and Islands. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  28. ^ "Teacher training places double at UHI". Scottish Government. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  29. ^ "Sustainable development BSc (Hons)". University of Highlands and Islands. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  30. ^ "University launches first international undergraduate degree". University of Highlands and Islands. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  31. ^ "Sustainable Rural Development MSc". University of Highlands and Islands. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  32. ^ Freeman, Tom (20 September 2016). "UHI to take over Highland nursing training". Holyrood. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  33. ^ Mackenzie, Ruth (28 June 2014). "Alexander Graham Bell Centre open". Press and Journal. Retrieved 28 June 2014.

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