Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Professor Todd Walker content

Professor Todd Walker


Professor Todd Walker joined the University of the Highlands and Islands as our third principal and vice-chancellor on our tenth birthday in February 2021.

He is an accomplished clinical cytologist with strong teaching, research and consultancy credentials. He has a first class honours degree in medical biotechnology, a PhD in molecular oncology and a graduate certificate in university leadership and management, all from Charles Sturt University.

Professor Walker is an experienced university senior executive with a distinguished record of achievement leading complex university academic and organisational development.

Professor Walker was formerly provost and deputy vice-chancellor at the University of New England, which operates several campuses in the state of New South Wales, Australia. He led the academic, quality, and indigenous portfolios at University of New England and was the chair of UNE Partnerships, a registered training organisation delivering further education.

He has worked in multi-campus, regional universities in Australia for over 20 years including, Charles Sturt University, University of Ballarat and Federation University Australia. It was during his time at Federation University Australia, a tertiary (further and higher education) multicampus institution, he co-led the creation of the university through the acquisition and merger of the Gippsland campus of Monash University as deputy vice-chancellor (engagement).

Professor Walker has a deep passion for regional communities, the power of place and the importance of a quality student experience delivered through a tertiary education.

He is married to Jayne and has two adult children.

Contact details

University of the Highlands and Islands
Ness Walk


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