Professor Keith Smyth: Professor of Pedagogy, UHI


Keith Smyth is Professor of Pedagogy at the university, and leads the Learning and Teaching Academy. Keith works with colleagues across the university on strategic learning and teaching developments, funded projects and supporting staff to engage in educational research. Much of this work is taken forward through the activities of the Learning and Teaching Academy.Keith has particular interests in co-creative pedagogies and curriculum models, open education, technology-enhanced learning, educational strategy and policy, and developing pedagogic research and scholarship. He has written and presented widely in these areas, and has undertaken funded projects for organisations including the Higher Education Academy, JISC, Scottish Funding Council and NHS.




Tara Morrison, Programme Leader and Business Lecturer, Business Leisure and Management, Inverness College UHI


Tara has been working in Higher Education for over 20 years, and has designed, developed and delivered a range of high calibre postgraduate programmes. Her areas of expertise in leadership, human resource management and organisational behaviour have been important in shaping curriculum within UHI. As a Programme Leader for the MSc Leadership and Management, and now the MSc Human Resource Management, she has helped to grow postgraduate provision within the Business, Leisure and Management Subject Network.


She has carried out a wide range of research projects including collaborating with international universities (University of the Arctic; University of Strathclyde); local and national agencies (Highlands and Islands Enterprise; Rural Gateway; Citizens’ Online; Ofcom; Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations; Skills Development Scotland); and charitable trusts (Carnegie UK Trust; The Royal Society of Edinburgh). She is currently working on a collaborative Northern Periphery Programme Project, to help rural communities engage with renewable energy sources and sustainability; and she is also working on a funded European project to develop introductory materials for students wishing to assess their suitability for postgraduate study.


Her pedagogical interests have been in the development of effective online learning. She has advised universities on their development and delivery of online learning materials (University of Edinburgh; University of Strathclyde); and co-authored the book entitled: ‘E-learning and Social Networking Handbook, 2nd ed’ (2013); and  presented at international conferences on the importance of creating ‘learning spaces’ within online and blended modules, and understanding the importance of the social presence. She has won the UHISA Student Award for Most Engaging Online Tutor on four occasions (2010; 2011; 2016; 2017), as well as being nominated in several other categories. 


Dr Michael Smith, Postgraduate Programme Leader, MSc Sustainable Rural Development, Lews Castle College UHI

Michael moved from the HIE Network to join Lews Castle College UHI in 1997 and begun teaching in the traditional classroom environment. After gaining a programme leadership position in the years that followed, Michael led the Rural Development team towards developing UHI’s first fully online Honours degree, as they sought to distribute learning more effectively within the region. After leading the UG Sustainable Rural Development team subsequently to attain international delivery, Michael was seconded to UHI's Learning & Teaching team to develop a new accelerated degree in Geography, seeking to develop a new form of distributed learning that combines high levels of student satisfaction with high student retention. With this programme recently moving to Inverness College UHI, Michael has now returned to Lews Castle College UHI to take on the Programme Leadership of the online MSc Sustainable Rural Development programme.  

Dr Simon Clarke, Senior Cultural Studies Lecturer, Cultural Studies, Shetland College UHI


Dr Simon Clarke, is a senior lecturer in Archaeology, currently heading the Creative and Cultural Industries section of Shetland College. He has been a lecturer at Shetland College, mainly employed on HE programmes since 1998. Prior to that he was a lecturer and research fellow at in the Archaeological Sciences Dept of Bradford University. He was one of the first to use VC to teach across the UHI network, and has been a keen advocate, but also vocal critic of how it is used ever since, publishing several academic paper on the theme. Other research interests include heritage management, ritual deposition, cultural contact and the perception of space.      


Sarah Cornelius, The University of Aberdeen


Sarah joined the University of Aberdeen in 2004 after working as a freelance consultant on a wide range of projects in online learning and geographical information systems for the private sector and Higher Education in the UK and United States. She has also held posts at Manchester Metropolitan University, the Open University and the Free University of Amsterdam. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an active member of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT). She is a member of the Editorial Board for the journal  'Research in Learning Technology' and was co-chair of ALT's annual conference in 2014.  Co-authored books include 'Live online learning: strategies for the web conferencing classroom' published by Palgrave Macmillan and the successful textbook 'An introduction to geographical information systems' published by Pearson Education.


Simon Bradley, Lecturer, HNC Music, Lews Castle College

Simon Bradley joined UHI (Lews Castle College) in 2012 and teaches on the HNC Music, BA Applied Music and Music and the Environment Masters programs. The HNC is residential face to face and the BA and MA are networked and blended with extensive use of VC and Blackboard VLE alongside residential contact.Simon was awarded Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2017 and previously achieved BSc Geology, MSc Transport Planning and Engineering and Postgraduate Certificate in Managing Rural Sustainable Development.Prior to joining UHI Simon enjoyed a professional musical performing career and leads an ongoing research project, Albastur Cultural Exchange, which integrates staff, students and musicians from Scotland and Asturias (Northern Spain) in collaborations, field trips, performances and teaching opportunities.  

Anne Bevan; Curriculum Leader, Art and Design, Orkney College UHI, Lindsay Blair; Lecturer, Moray College UHI, Siún Carden, Research Fellow in Centre for Creative Industries based at Shetland College UHI, Roxane Permer; Research Fellow in Centre for Creative Industries based at Shetland College UHI and Programme. Leader, MA Art and Social Practice

To follow  

Exploring HISA research into the VLE at UHI 


William Mohieddeen – Student Association Co-ordinator HISA   Perth, Helen Doyle – Student Association Co-ordinator  North of Scotland, Callum Stephen – Vice President Further   Education