Professor Neil Simco

Vice-Principal (Research and Impact) content

Vice-Principal (Research and Impact)

BEd (Hons), PhD

Professor Neil Simco

Professor Neil Simco is Vice-Principal (Research and Impact) holding leadership responsibility for the oversight of research and knowledge exchange activity across the university. This involves oversight of all aspects of the university’s strategy in research and knowledge exchange, preparations for the REF 2021, the university’s graduate school, quality assurance and enhancement and the development of research-teaching linkages.

Prior to joining the university, Neil was dean of education and dean for research at the University of Cumbria, where he led the largest provider of teacher education in England. Neil was seconded from his faculty role to assistant principal at St Martin’s College and subsequently pro-vice chancellor at the University of Cumbria and during this time played a significant corporate role in the formation of the then new university.

Since joining the University of the Highlands and Islands in 2009, he has continued his professional involvement in teacher education through his close engagement with the General Teaching Council for Scotland and is delighted that since 2013 we have been a teacher education institution. Neil has undertaken a number of roles within the University of the Highlands and Islands, including as dean of business and leisure, dean of arts, humanities and business, assistant principal for curriculum growth and acting vice-principal research.

As an enthusiastic learner and user of Scottish Gaelic, Neil oversees the development and delivery of the university’s Gaelic language plan.

Neil began his career as a primary school teacher in schools in the north west and south west of England. He moved into teacher education in the early 1990s, where he worked in various lecturing posts in education prior to becoming dean of faculty at St Martin’s College in 2002.

Contact details

University of the Highlands and Islands
North Highland College UHI
Burghfield House
IV25 3HW

Telephone: +44 (0)1847 889627


Inaugural Professorial Lecture - Neil Simco