University of the Highlands and Islands


Student Satisfaction Entry Standards Good Honours Graduate Prospects Completion
3.99 122 69.5% 54.9% 65.2
*4.06 *139 *74.4 *73.0 *85.4

*Mean scores, 2019 University League Table
What these scores mean

Given its unique collegiate structure with thirteen academic partners, it would be inappropriate for the University of the Highlands and Islands to appear in the main league table. The university does appear in the relevant subject tables.

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 92%
  • Postgraduate 8%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 63%
  • Part Time 37%

Where students come from

  • UK 97%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 1%

Student gender

  • Male 44%
  • Female 56%

Student Services and Facilities


  • Please refer to the university website for information about library 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 services

  • 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.


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

Fascinating Fact

  • In 1995 when the project for a University of the Highlands and Islands started out, the first member of staff was an IT co-ordination manager. Today, the university has some of the best online learning technologies so that students can study courses wherever they are in the world.

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