UHI seeks community views on its Islands Strategy

The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) has launched a public survey to find out how well the strategic themes of its Islands Strategy aligns with and can support community and economic development priorities for the islands of Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides.

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Foula by Dr Andrew Jennings

The online survey is open to members of the community, public bodies, businesses and the voluntary sector on the three islands until 6 June 2022.

It is part of a new research project underway to inform the development and implementation of the UHI Islands Strategy published in 2020 which sets out how UHI will work with partners to extend and strengthen its activities across the islands.

The research is funded through the Scottish Funding Council’s university innovation fund and will focus on language, heritage, archaeology, education, community development and the creative sector/arts. UHI researchers will also be conducting online focus groups to gather opinions.

Describing the aims of the research project Iain Caimbeul, Research Fellow in Sociolinguistics at UHI said:

“We are keen to gather as wide a range of opinions as possible. Everyone’s views and insights are important to us, and this is very much a two-way conversation. We hope the research findings will help us to identify ways in which island communities will benefit from closer access to the university’s resources. The results will help to ensure UHI’s strategic approach aligns with the various challenges faced by island communities.”

Dr Beth Mouat, UHI Islands Strategy Director, said:

“This project presents an excellent opportunity for meaningful engagement with island residents. The findings from this research will be invaluable to guide the implementation of the UHI Islands Strategy and will inform future development that can have real impact in the islands.”

To take part in the survey visit https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/research-enterprise/cultural/institute-for-northern-studies/research/projects/islands-strategy/