HRH The Princess Royal is the first Chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

HRH The Princess Royal

The Chancellor is the titular head of the university. The Princess Royal accepted the role in November 2011, and was formally installed in a ceremony held in Inverness Cathedral in June 2012. The role is both ceremonial and ambassadorial, with The Princess Royal representing the university in the UK and overseas.

Chancellor's medal

Coat of Arms

Our Chancellor accepted the letters patent on behalf of the university from the Lord Lyon King of Arms, granting the university its ensigns armorial (Coat of Arms) on the occasion of her installation in June 2012.

The combination of shapes and colours in the coat of arms is important. Ours features 13 hazel leaves representing our partnership, a compass rose with a fleur de lys to indicate “north” representing our distinctive geographical situation and two open books representing learning.

The Chancellor receiving the Letters Patent from the Lord Lyon
The Chancellor receives the Letters Patent from the Lord Lyon

The Coat of Arms was granted to the university in 2012 and is reserved for use on a restricted range of official insignia and documents.  Its use in any new context must be approved by the Head of Marketing and Planning