Professor Stuart Gibb

Vice-Principal (International and External Engagement)

Professor Stuart Gibb combines his half-time role as vice-principal (international and external engagement) with his role as director of the Environmental Research Institute at North Highland College UHI.

His role is to lead on the development and implementation of the university’s international strategy, working to improve brand identity and increase the recruitment of international students.

Stuart grew up in Aberdeenshire and studied firstly in Aberdeen, and then at the University of East Anglia. Prior to joining the University of the Highlands and Islands, he worked with the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, University of East Anglia and with the British Antarctic Survey, including participation in national and international research programmes in Antarctica, the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, and the Mediterranean and Northern Seas.

He joined North Highland College UHI to establish the Environmental Research Institute in Thurso: a centre which now employs around forty staff and research students. Here he is committed to developing research and knowledge exchange; learning & teaching; enterprise and outreach around contemporary environmental issues focused on the priorities of ‘Renewable Energy and the Environment’; ‘Carbon water and Climate’, and ‘Environmental Contamination and Ecological Health’

Stuart has published articles in over twenty different peer-reviewed journals on topics ranging from marine biogeochemistry and environmental analytical chemistry to water remediation; and from coral reef ecology to climate change in mountain environments and renewable energy. He has active collaborations and partnerships with SMEs and stakeholders across Scotland and with universities and research institutes across the UK, Europe, North America and Asia.

He has had the opportunity to work as an advisor and reviewer for national agencies such as the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and for organisations from further afield including Research Council of Norway and NASA in the USA. He is currently chair of the European Offshore Windfarm Deployment Centre Environment Committee and of the Peatland Partnership, and will become the next President of the Association of Chemistry and the Environment.

Stuart has Chartered Chemist and Chartered Scientist status and has held professorial appointments at the East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai, Hunan Institute of Engineering and Changsha University of Science and Technology in China. He is a fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Higher Education Academy.


Contact details

University of the Highlands and Islands
Environmental Research Institute
Castle Street
KW14 7JD

Telephone: +44 (0)1847 889581

Prof Stuart Gibb