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UHI Appoints New Principal and Vice-Chancellor 

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The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) has appointed Vicki Nairn as Principal and Vice-Chancellor.

Vicki Nairn, who has been serving as UHI’s Interim Principal and Vice-Chancellor since October 2022, initially joined the institution as Vice-Principal Operations in November 2021.

With nearly two decades of experience in executive leadership across both private and public sectors in northern Scotland, Vicki previously held the role at Robert Gordon University as Vice Principal Corporate Operations.

She has also advised the Scottish Government on remote and rural issues and has served on various national higher education and public sector boards.

Vicki is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, specialising in strategic partnerships.

Vicki’s appointment marks an exciting new chapter for UHI, as the organisation works together to think, plan, and act as one in delivering outstanding teaching, research, and knowledge exchange. 

This marks a partnership-wide commitment to a more integrated future, which will enable UHI to deliver on its mission and vision.

This comes following the creation of the new 2030 strategy, which sets forth ambitious goals for the institution. 

Alastair MacColl, Chair of UHI Court, said:

“Vicki has been appointed from a formidably strong field of candidates and will be a fabulous leader for UHI.” 

“Vicki is supported by an experienced group of academic partner principals, who are thinking, planning and acting with a shared sense of purpose and a clear ambition to provide the economic destiny our students deserve and to generate the workforce, leadership and enterprise that enable our communities to flourish.

“The role that UHI plays in every part of the Highlands and Islands, Moray and Perthshire have never been more fundamental or crucial.”

Talking about her appointment, Vicki added:

“I am honoured to have been chosen to lead UHI as Principal and Vice-Chancellor on the next stage of its evolution and transformation.

“Our 2030 strategy sets out UHI’s clear intention and ambition, building on our significant success to date.

“A fundamental part of our mission is to drive excellent co-created education and research across the regions we serve, enhanced by our unique landscape, heritage, and cultures.

“Together with ensuring engagement with business and industry are second to none.

“Having lived and worked in the Highlands for nearly 20 years I am looking forward to driving outstanding outcomes for our students, staff and the communities we serve.”

Vicki lives on the Black Isle with her family.

She will take up her role with immediate effect and will be the university’s fourth principal and vice-chancellor.  

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