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University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) principal says 'there is no hidden agenda, or message from me that some courses or subject areas are more important than others'


By Andrew Dixon

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Todd Walker, UHI's principal and vice-chancellor.
Todd Walker, UHI's principal and vice-chancellor.

Professor Todd Walker, principal and vice-chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands, has issued a statement via social media.

It follows this article 'There will be no more vanity courses' at University of the Highlands and Islands and a full interview in today's edition of the Courier.

"I understand the concerns of some students and staff following the article in today’s Inverness Courier – especially the headline focusing on 'no more vanity courses at UHI'," he said.

"The tone of the article is at odds with my thoughts and hopes.

"I am sorry for any confusion or distress this has caused, that was never my intention when I agreed to give the interview.

"There is no hidden agenda, or message in this article from me that some courses or subject areas are more important than others.

"As you know, we lead the field and have flagship courses in a wide variety of subject areas, including those in arts, humanities, social science as well as engineering and health.

"Our curriculum review will examine what our students and communities want and need in the future – that is the mission of our university. It will be a transparent process and will take two or three years to complete and will involve staff and students throughout its implementation.

"Learning in all its forms is transformational and our university has a responsibility to continue to provide education to our communities.

"I look forward to working with you all as we develop and grow our university."

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