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University of the Highlands and Islands climate change scientist Dr Gary Campbell becomes a professor

By Calum MacLeod

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Environmental scientist Gary Campbell, who has used his expertise to track the impact of climate change, has been awarded a professorship from the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Professor Campbell becomes a professor of learning and teaching strategy in recognition of his leadership skills and contribution to education alongside his role in the development of the region's economy.

His appointment will be followed by a free public online lecture next month.

Professor Campbell first joined the University of the Highlands and Islands as a lecturer at Inverness College UHI in 1999, returning to teach at Moray College UHI before becoming faculty dean in 2010. He was appointed as vice-principal (strategic developments) in 2019 and has led several strategic projects in learning and teaching including the curriculum for the 21st century project which supported the achievement of university title and underpins network delivery.

Professor Campbell, said: "Almost everything I have done has been part of a team effort, but it is a great honour to receive this in recognition of the part I have played in our achievements. To get it in our tenth year as a university is fantastic.

"Our institution is anchored in the communities in which we operate, and it has a special role to play to ensure that everyone has access to education and training at all levels, to gain the skills for today's employment needs and new generation opportunities that will transform our regional economy and power its recovery."

In 2013 Professor Campbell set up the university's educational development unit and the learning and teaching academy to help academic staff with their continued development.

Professor Todd Walker, principal and vice-chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands, said: "Professor Campbell is pivotal in creating the strong strategic relationships that our university's third chapter is founded on and he has ensured that our partnership can be more academically responsive to the needs of the business and communities in the region.

"This title of professor is the highest level of academic achievement which can be awarded and reflects the transformational impact he has had on the prospects of our region and its proud future."

Professor Campbell will give a free public online seminar on Tuesday,September 21, at 4pm, to present his inaugural professorial lecture.

Entitles On my planet…, it will look at the use of strategies in the context of adult education.

For more information and to book, visit www.uhi.ac.uk/en/media/events

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