Dr Diane Rawlinson

Vice-Principal (Further Education)


Dr Diane Rawlinson is responsible for providing key support to the Further Education Regional Board of the university in the delivery of further education across the Highlands and Islands region, in line with Scottish Government policy and as negotiated annually with the Scottish Funding Council. This role requires her to work particularly closely with the principals of the nine academic partner colleges within the university which are funded for further education purposes.

Prior to taking up this role, Diane was principal and chief executive of Inverness College UHI where she led a comprehensive change management programme preparing for and managing the move to the iconic Inverness Campus estate.  Diane held the post of principal and chief executive of Ayr College for eight years and prior to this worked in several other colleges in Scotland.  

More recently, Diane has established and provided leadership to the university’s work-based learning hub, creating alternative routes to degrees in a range of industry sectors. Diane's interests lie in inequalities in education and the widening access agenda.

Contact details

University of the Highlands and Islands
Executive Office
Ness Walk

Telephone: +44 (0)1463 279143
Email: diane.rawlinson@uhi.ac.uk