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					The (prospective) University
of the Highlands and Islands
        Professor Robert Cormack,
             Principal of UHI




  Westlakes Conference 1st December 2006
                          University of the Highlands and Islands




     Development of Universities in
               Scotland


 The Ancients (15th & 16th Centuries): St
  Andrews; Glasgow; Aberdeen; Edinburgh
 The „Chartered‟ Universities (1960s):
  Strathclyde; Heriot Watt; Dundee; Stirling
 The Post-1992 Universities: Abertay; Paisley;
  Robert Gordon; Napier; Glasgow Caledonian
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             Development of UHI

•   1992   Project established
•   1996   Millennium Commission funding
•   2001   Higher Education Institution status
•   2002   Research funding
•   2004   Parity of funding for teaching
•   2007   Taught degree awarding powers
•   2008   University title – sponsored by
           Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Strathclyde
           Universities
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           Regional Higher Education Provision

• „… there are compelling arguments for making greater provision
  for more locally-based higher education - the steady shifting of
  costs in recent years away from the taxpayer and onto a full-time
  student‟s present or future family is a powerful reason why
  students have chosen a university close to home

• further, most mature entrants are home-based and choose a local
  institution and most employed people seeking short courses or
  CPD activity prefer a local supplier

• further, it is essential that rural, sparsely populated regions retain
  the best students from the regional school system‟
       Goddard, 2005
                             University of the Highlands and Islands




 Thirteen partners
    Further education
       colleges
    Specialist colleges
    Research institutions
    Shell for spin-ins

 Over fifty outreach
      learning centres

 Using technology to link
      real people
      in real places
                                    University of the Highlands and Islands




                  UHI’s Academic Partners

‘Further Education’ Colleges:
   Shetland, Orkney, Lews Castle (Outer Hebrides), North Highland
   (Thurso), Moray (Elgin), Inverness, Perth, Argyll (distributed),
       Lochaber (Fort William)

Specialist Colleges:
  Sabhal Mor Ostaig (Skye), Highland Theological (Dingwall),
  North Atlantic Fisheries in Shetland

Research Institutions/Centres:
  Scottish Association for Marine Science in Dunstaffnage,
  Sustainable Development Research Centre in Forres,
      Ness Foundation (Inverness)
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University of the Highlands and Islands
                                University of the Highlands and Islands




 The Highlands and Islands of Scotland
 Over 40,000 sq kilometres - population c430,000
 Population density approx 11/sq km (some areas as low as
  2/sq km)
 Around 10% of population live on nearly 100 islands
 Generally high employment but at lower wage levels than
  Scottish average
 Over-dependence on public sector and on primary and low-
  skill service industries – many seasonal
 Overall population decline reversed with significant in-
  migration to some areas, however population decline still an
  issue in many island and rural communities
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                 UHI Mission


To create in the Highland and Islands of Scotland a
 collegiate university which will reach the highest
      standards and play a pivotal role in our
     educational, economic, social and cultural
                   development.
                                University of the Highlands and Islands




                          Profile
• Over 6000 students on university level courses
• 63% of students over 25 years of age and 62% studying
  part-time
• Over 1000 degree graduates to date
• A developing research portfolio of international standing
• Independently assessed quality standards equivalent to
  long established universities
• Turnover (2005-06)                               £27.6m
   – Teaching funds (inc fees)                     £21.8m
   – Research funds                                £2.5m
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Faculties and Subject Networks

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
   Gaelic and Related Studies; Visual Arts; Music and Performing Arts;
   Theology and Religious Studies; Social, Cultural and Environmental
   Studies; Child Care and Education
 Business and Leisure
   Business Studies; Management; Leisure and Tourism; Computing
   and ICT
 Science and Technology
   Agriculture; Natural Sciences; Sustainable Development; Marine
   Science; Engineering; Construction
 Health Sciences
   Health; Social Care; Beauty and Associated Therapies
                                University of the Highlands and Islands




Degree and Higher National qualifications in:
 •   Accountancy                •   Environment
 •   Acting and performance     •   Forestry
 •   Archaeological practice    •   Gaelic and Gaelic studies
 •   Architectural technology   •   Golf management
 •   Art, fine art and design   •   Health and social care
 •   Business and               •   Hospitality
     management                 •   Marine science
 •   Construction               •   Music performance
 •   Computing                  •   Sustainable development
 •   Creative media             •   Social science
 •   Culture and heritage       •   Sport coaching
 •   Education                  •   Theology
 •   Engineering                •   Tourism
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        Seven Stages of Networking
• 0 – single site . A course can be wholly online but
       delivered only from one academic partner.

• 1 – agreed course frameworks mandatory and options

• 2 – agreed assessment instruments

• 3 – sharing of teaching and learning materials

• 4 - learning and teaching within an Academic Partner
        blended using ICT and face to face

• 5 - common delivery schedule agreed

• 6 - cross teaching of selected/ all modules

• 7 - learning and teaching materials wholly online/
        distance
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             Regional Development

    „Great economies are built on great universities’
          Bill Joy, former CEO of Sun Systems

     Smart, Successful Highlands and Islands,
         Highlands and Islands Enterprise:

                   „Priority for Action:
Harnessing the University of the Highlands and Islands as a
 “global magnet”, enriching the region’s academic, cultural
   and creative mix and providing a driver for knowledge
              transfer and commercialisation’
                                    University of the Highlands and Islands


                               Highlands and Islands Enterprise


The region's low employment in high-tech industries, low
  levels of patent applications, low levels of graduate
  employment in the private sector and low productivity
  can all be linked to the absence of a strong, research-
  based university in the Highlands and Islands. The long-term,
  catalytic role UHI will play in stimulating research, inspiring
  commercialisation and acting as a focus for innovation in
  people, process and technology cannot be overestimated.
             HIE, 2005
                           University of the Highlands and Islands




                    Research

 Marine and Environmental Science (SAMS, Perth,
  North Highland)
 Health (Diabetes Institute, Centre for Rural Health,
  Ness Foundation)
 Nuclear Decommissioning and Environmental
  Remediation (North Highland)
 Renewable Energy (Lews Castle, Shetland, Orkney,
  North Highland, Perth)
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University of the Highlands and Islands
                         University of the Highlands and Islands




           Research (continued)

 Gaelic Language and Culture (Sabhal Mòr Ostaig,
  Lews Castle)
 Highlands & Islands History (North Highland)
 UHI PolicyWeb (Inverness)
 Agronomy (Orkney)
 Theology (Highland Theological College)
 Archaeology (Orkney)
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                                        What has been said about us
“I so utterly believe that UHI represents the direction we all must be going if
   we‟re to make a success of the 21st century.”
                                                         Lord Puttnam
“The greatest, the most inclusive adventure in education ever undertaken in
   the Highlands and Islands and possible in these islands”
                                                 President Mary McAleese
“You are very brave and you are doing things which are about involving the
   community to liberate people to take control of their own lives.”
                                                         Tim Smit
“All the evidence suggests it could punch considerably more than its weight
   …As a community resource it‟s hard to beat”
                                        Sunday Times University Guide 2003
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                                           Political commitment



“The establishment of a university here in the
  Highlands and Islands is about the future of
  Scotland as well as about the future of the
  Highlands and Islands.”

  First Minister, Rt Hon Jack McConnell MSP, Opening the
  Executive Office, September 2005
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            Political commitment
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                  University of the Highlands and Islands




„Overcoming
the tyranny
of geography‟

„Helping create
a smart,
successful
Highlands and
Islands
                     University of the Highlands and Islands
A smart, successful Highlands and Islands – the way forward




THE UNIVERSITY
         OF THE
HIGHLANDS AND
   ISLANDS
           2008

				
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