The Regional University as an Engine for
Economic, Social and Cultural
Transformation
Fiona M Larg
Chief Operating Officer...
Welcome to our campus
• The only university based in
our region.
• Access to postgraduate and
undergraduate study and
rese...
Welcome to our campus
Our students study full
and part time, at
undergraduate or
postgraduate level or for
professional qu...
Our campus
• Each campus has its own
character and contributes
to our distinctive
university. Some are
relatively large co...
Purpose
• The University of the
Highlands and Islands
will have a
transformational
impact on the
development and
prospects...
Vision
• A University IN, OF
and FOR the
Highlands and Islands
Regional issues
• Lower earnings
• Lack of professional and
managerial jobs
• Seasonality of tourism industry
• Underemplo...
Building on Progress
• GVA up from 66.9% to 76.1%
between 2001 and 2009
• Major growth region of UK
• Increase in populati...
UHI’s contribution
• Retention of higher education
students
• Well paid professional jobs
• Attraction of students to the
...
Undergraduate degrees
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

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

Engineering
Tourism
Creative Industries
Life Sciences
Rural Development
Business and
Ma...
Research
Research expertise includes:
• Environmental Science
• Marine Science
• Renewables
• Diabetes and
Cardiovascular ...
Key Social and Cultural Impacts
• Local learning centres
• Interaction between
generations
• Interaction across the
region...
Making a Difference
• For our students
• For our businesses
• For our communities
Inverness Campus
Young Student
Video
Thank you!
Q&A
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Fiona Larg, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary, University of the Highlands & Islands, Scotland delivered this presentation at the 2013 Regional Universities conference. The event focuses on policy and funding for Australia’s regional tertiary education and its impact on service delivery and sustainable development. For more information about the event, visit the conference website: http://www.informa.com.au/regionalunis

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Fiona Larg, University of the Highlands & Islands, Scotland: The regional university as an engine for economic, social and cultural transformation

  1. 1. The Regional University as an Engine for Economic, Social and Cultural Transformation Fiona M Larg Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary 15 November 2013
  2. 2. Welcome to our campus • The only university based in our region. • Access to postgraduate and undergraduate study and research opportunities through our distinctive partnership of 13 colleges and research institutions.
  3. 3. Welcome to our campus Our students study full and part time, at undergraduate or postgraduate level or for professional qualifications to enhance their career. They are all part of a diverse study community connected by innovative learning technologies.
  4. 4. Our campus • Each campus has its own character and contributes to our distinctive university. Some are relatively large colleges in the urban centres such as Perth, Elgin and Inverness. • Others are smaller, including some whose focus is research.
  5. 5. Purpose • The University of the Highlands and Islands will have a transformational impact on the development and prospects of the region, its people and its communities.
  6. 6. Vision • A University IN, OF and FOR the Highlands and Islands
  7. 7. Regional issues • Lower earnings • Lack of professional and managerial jobs • Seasonality of tourism industry • Underemployment • Out migration of young people • Population gap in 15-30 year olds • Public sector job losses • Poor broadband provision • Fragile island and peripheral rural communities • External companies securing public sector contracts
  8. 8. Building on Progress • GVA up from 66.9% to 76.1% between 2001 and 2009 • Major growth region of UK • Increase in population • Lower unemployment • Renewable energy development • National and international airlinks • Successful specialisms • Establishment of a university
  9. 9. UHI’s contribution • Retention of higher education students • Well paid professional jobs • Attraction of students to the region • Knowledge transfer to businesses • Better use of facilities • Student progression • Major public sector investment in infrastructure • Study in remote and rural areas • Participation in sub regional partnerships • Economic Intelligence Unit
  10. 10. Undergraduate degrees       Engineering Tourism Creative Industries Life Sciences Rural Development Business and Management  IT
  11. 11. Research Research expertise includes: • Environmental Science • Marine Science • Renewables • Diabetes and Cardiovascular Science • Celtic and Nordic Studies • Archaeology • Tourism and Heritage • History • Gaelic
  12. 12. Key Social and Cultural Impacts • Local learning centres • Interaction between generations • Interaction across the region • Promotion of Gaelic language • Reversing population decline • Undergraduate and postgraduate courses in cultural subjects
  13. 13. Making a Difference • For our students • For our businesses • For our communities
  14. 14. Inverness Campus
  15. 15. Young Student Video
  16. 16. Thank you! Q&A

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