The highest award presented by the University of the Highlands and Islands.
2016 - Dr Hamish MacInnes OBE
Dr Hamish MacInnes was presented with the Chancellor’s medal by university chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal, at the Perth College UHI graduation and University of the Highlands and Islands Foundation Day 2016.
Dr MacInnes, known as the ‘father of Scottish mountain rescue’, was awarded the University of the Highlands and Islands Chancellor’s Medal in recognition of his services to the development of mountaineering and mountain rescue. With a career spanning more than six decades, he achieved several first ascents and is credited with pioneering modern mountain rescue. He founded the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team in 1961, the Search and Rescue Dog Association in 1965 and co-founded the Scottish Avalanche Information Service in 1988.
Dr MacInnes was nominated for the Chancellor’s Medal by West Highland College UHI which delivers the university’s adventure tourism management and adventure performance and coaching BA (Hons) degrees. Speaking about his award, Dr MacInnes said: “It is indeed an honour to be here today to receive this award and I find it quite humbling. To be in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal, a true friend of Scotland, makes it a very special occasion.”
2013 - Professor James M Fraser MA, MEd, FRSA
Professor James Fraser was presented with the Chancellor’s medal by university chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal, at the West Highland College UHI graduation and University of the Highlands and Islands Foundation Day 2013.
Prof Fraser was involved in the creation of three Scottish universities over the course of his career. He was a pupil at Plockton High School before going on to the University of Edinburgh where he graduated in mental philosophy. He also gained a Master of Education degree from the University of Stirling.
Prof Fraser began his career as an English and liberal studies lecturer at the former Inverness Technical College, then moved into senior management roles at the University of Stirling, Queen Margaret College (now Queen Margaret University) and the University of Paisley (now the University of the West of Scotland). He also served on the Highland Regional Council Education Committee as a further education teacher member.
Prof Fraser joined UHI Millennium Institute as Secretary in 2002 and became deputy principal in 2007. On the retirement of Prof Robert Cormack in 2009, he became principal of UHI Millennium Institute. He subsequently led the higher education institute to university title and so became the first principal and vice-chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands in February 2011. Prof Fraser retired from the university in December 2013.