University of the Highlands and Islands

The University of the Highlands and Islands is the UK's leading integrated university encompassing both further and higher education. Based in Scotland, its partnership of 13 independent regional colleges and research institutions has a national and international reach. Its reputation is built on an innovative approach to learning and distinctive research and curriculum – enriched by the people, environment, economy, culture and heritage of the Highlands and Islands.


In or close to the countryside


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

UCAS Code: H49

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 91%
  • Postgraduate 9%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 61%
  • Part Time 39%

Where students come from

  • UK 97%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 1%

Student gender

  • Male 41%
  • Female 59%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

Student jobs

  • Part-time and seasonal work is widely available across the Highlands and Islands.
  • Students can get advice on jobs from the University of the Highlands and Islands Careers Centre.

Careers advice

  • The Careers and Employability Centre aims to deliver a range of services that embrace the distinctiveness of the institution.
  • It helps students and graduates to develop the personal attributes, skills and knowledge needed to achieve the best outcomes for their future career.
  • Services include access to, or support with: placements, work experience, volunteering, networking, workshops and events, CV-writing, and preparing for interviews and assessments/tests.

Health services

  • Please refer to the university website for information about health services.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Please refer to the university website for information about counselling services.

Disability support

  • Please refer to the university website for information about disability services.

Students' Union

  • Highlands and Islands Students' Association (HISA) is a tertiary students' association that represents the interests of further and higher education students, no matter how they study or what they study. Its structure is unique and reflects the composition of the university partnership.
  • Please visit the HISA website to find out more.


  • Became a higher education institution in 2001.
  • Gained taught degree awarding powers in 2008.
  • Became the University of the Highlands and Islands after gaining full university status in February 2011.

Fascinating Fact

  • Researchers from the University of the Highlands and Islands, working with a number of other UK universities, have invented a revolutionary new aeroplane. With no engines and no fuel, Phoenix is a helium-filled aircraft that moves by varying its buoyancy, drawing in and compressing air to propel itself along – like a porpoise moving through the sea.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Finn Anderson – writer and producer of Streets – A New Kind of Musical, nominated for 2 Off West End awards.
  • John Mason Strang – founder of the award-winning Nae Limits adventure company.


University of the Highlands and Islands, Executive Office, 12b Ness Walk, Inverness, IV3 5SQ