University of the Highlands and Islands


Student satisfaction 4.02 Academic services spend 521
Research assessment 2.76 Facilities spend 41
Research intensity 0.58 Good honours 64.7%
Entry standards 301 Graduate prospects 49.6%
Student–staff ratio 326.6 Degree completion 68.0

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 United Kingdom’s leading integrated university encompassing both further and higher education. Based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, its distinctive partnership of 13 independent colleges and research institutions is locally based and rooted in communities, but with national and international reach, as part of a regional university structure. Its reputation is built on an innovative approach to learning and distinctive research and curriculum – enriched by the people, natural environment, economy, culture and heritage of the Highlands and Islands and its communities.

Entry Requirements

  • Typical standard entry requirements are 3 Highers at grade C, or 2 A levels at grade C.
  • Please refer to the university's website for details.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Course Flexibility

  • Students can go straight into a degree, or start with a Higher National Certificate (HNC) then progress on to a degree course.
  • At the University of the Highlands and Islands students can study part-time or full-time, from a distance, online, at one of its local learning centres, or at one of the main campuses.

Student Services and Facilities

  • Student facilities vary from location to location.
  • In general, all campuses possess computing and library resources.
  • Video conferencing is also frequently used to link college classrooms for courses taught at more than one college.

Disability Services

  • 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.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • 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 Guidance

  • The University of the Highlands and Islands Careers and Employability Centre aims to deliver a range of services which embrace the distinctiveness of the institution, and help students and graduates to develop the personal attributes, skills and knowledge needed to achieve positive employment outcomes and navigate 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.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 94%
  • Postgraduate 6%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 63%
  • Part Time 37%

Where students come from

  • UK 97%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 1%

Student gender

  • Male 43%
  • Female 57%


  • 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.

Notable Alumni

  • 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.

Further Details

Address University of the Highlands and Islands Executive Office 12b Ness Walk Inverness IV3 5SQ
UCAS Code H49