Principal and Vice-Chancellor

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Professor Crichton Lang


Professor Crichton Lang joined the University of the Highlands and Islands in 2006. Professor Lang originally trained and practised as a veterinary surgeon in Tayside before completing a PhD in neuropharmacology and pursuing a university career. Professor Lang worked first in the University of Bristol and subsequently for 12 years at the University of St Andrews where in addition to lecturing and developing curriculum in his own areas of interest (applied physiology, human and comparative biology), he held the posts of director of teaching for the school of biology and pro-dean for the faculty of science.

Building on his broad experience within the sector, Professor Lang co-ordinated much of the strategic development of the university through its journey to degree awarding powers and full university title. He was responsible for oversight of the key activities relating to the quality assurance and enhancement of academic courses, student achievement and satisfaction and the strategic development of the university's portfolio of awards.

Professor Lang was appointed Deputy Principal in October 2015. He has a particular interest in institutional audit and review of universities and has experience as an institutional reviewer both in Scotland and abroad. He took up the role as interim principal and vice-chancellor on 1 August 2019.

Professor Lang has been chairing the university’s programme board since November 2018. The board is looking at institutional change required to enhance the university’s cross-regional operation and impact.

The university court has decided to postpone the search for a permanent principal and vice-chancellor until the current work of the assembly and programme board has progressed, which is expected to be in 2020. They feel that recruiting a new principal and vice-chancellor during this process will serve as a distraction and may disrupt momentum at this important time in our development.

Contact details

University of the Highlands and Islands
Ness Walk

Telephone: +44 (0)1463 279326

Julie Riach
Personal Assistant to the Principal and Vice-Chancellor
Telephone: +44 (0)1463 279246

Professor Crichton Lang, Principal and Vice-Chancellor