UHI Postgraduate student research opportunity

The changing student body within UHI, who are the students,  how is the student body changing?


The University of the Highlands and Islands  needs to ensure that the curriculum we develop and deliver, effectively and efficiently meets the needs of a diverse and evolving population of students. The research will allow us to reflect upon the ways in which our student body is changing, so that we can amend and enhance our operations appropriately in an evidence-based, planned and coherent manner.


The aim of this research project will be to answer the following questions:

  • What do we know about the current profile of the UHI student body?
  • What are the key drivers impacting upon that profile?
  • In what ways might that profile have changed in five years?
  • What are the implications of these changes for UHI?


The research will be conducted by a UHI postgraduate student working in partnership with UHI Executive Office and the UHI Students Association (UHISA). There will be two phases to the project with a total timescale of five months beginning early March 2012

Phase 1:  Desk-based review of existing documentation.

Phase 2: Phone/VC or face-to-face interviews with key staff, students and relevant external stakeholders.

A final report will be presented to the UHI Quality Enhancement Steering Group and the UHISA Executive addressing the research questions.

If you are interested in applying to undertake this paid research or want to know more please contact

Ian Horne
UHI Student Support Coordinator
Shetland College UHI

Tel: 01595771251
Email: Ian.horne@uhi.ac.uk

Closing date for expression of interest  5pm Friday 24th February 2012