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Who will be the new principal for the University of the Highlands and Islands?


By Federica Stefani

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UHI House.
UHI House.

UHI is looking for a new principal and vice-chancellor to lead the Highland institution through its next phase of development.

A vacancy for the role has now been published on the university's website.

In October last year the interim position was assigned to Vicky Nairn, who was formerly vice-principal at Robert Gordon University.

It followed the departure of Professor Todd Walker for family and personal reasons.

Vicki Nairn.
Vicki Nairn.

A spokesperson for UHI said: “The university court is currently recruiting the next principal and vice-chancellor, who will take up the role at a time of opportunity in relation to guiding UHI through its next phase of development. The principal and vice-chancellor acts as the university’s chief executive officer and will have responsibility for the leadership, management and administration of the university. The role also encompasses being the chief accountable officer to the Scottish Funding Council and Scottish Government on behalf of UHI in its role as the regional strategic body.

“Court appointed an interim principal and vice-chancellor, Vicki Nairn, in October 2022 and she has been leading the UHI senior executive team and our partnership through the development of our 2030 strategy, which is focused on implementing our ambitious plans for the future and continuing to deliver outstanding outcomes for our students, staff and the communities we serve. The permanent appointee to the principal and vice-chancellor role will have the task of delivering the 2030 strategy.”

The principal and vice-chancellor will be UHI’s chief executive officer, with formal and wide-ranging responsibilities for the leadership and management of the institution.

According to the job description, the role also encompasses being the chief accountable officer to the Scottish Funding Council and Scottish Government on behalf of UHI in its role as the Regional Strategic Body.

The closing date for applications is midnight n Sunday, January 28 and a formal selection process will take place in Inverness the week commencing on February 26.


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