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World Class Research

We are the only university based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Our campus is very different from most university campuses; we offer the choice of studying at one of our 13 partner colleges and research centres and over 50 local learning centres, allowing us to cover an area that exceeds that of Belgium. Given the geographical challenges of reaching such a dispersed population, the university has become a world leader in online learning and utilising virtual classroom technology. This philosophy also pervades our research interests and connections to other academic institutions and business with extensive use of Video Conferencing to enable virtual meetings. Web-based technology also enables us more than ever before to operate in the international arena without any barriers.

Micro Strategies

The collegiate federal nature of our university means that Academic Partners have their own research strategies and micro-strategies and employ the majority of the research staff, make their own investments and exploit local autonomy in creating research activity. They are also responsible at the local level for other critical aspects of academic development such as staffing, investment, exploiting local funding and develop their own partnerships. The breadth and diversity of the university partnership adds strength and impact to our main research themes at the local level, often based on our unique regional characteristics. It permits a growing multi and cross disciplinary approach which enriches our research and allows the university to collaborate at the highest level.

This duality of operation on both a local and international scale is an incredibly powerful strength that we intend to build upon.


Alongside teaching, one of the main areas of work undertaken by any university is research. You can work with our experts to help develop new products or processes for your organisation, develop intellectual property and help the technical aspects of your business flourish. By working with our research teams you can not only benefit your business but also give students and their professors and tutors an opportunity to see how their work can benefit the wider community.


Differing from research in that it’s much less collaborative, you can engage our experts to work for you on a consultancy basis. By doing this, you can tap into world class expertise to help get the answers you need, all within a commercial relationship. The benefit for us is that this brings us income to help the university to expand its work.

If you also hold these values and think you can help us achieve our own goals whilst growing your own business then we would welcome the opportunity to explore a new collaboration - use the links below to find out more or contact the Research & Enterprise Office.

Should you have a partnership or collaboration idea please contact joe.irvine@uhi.ac.uk, Head of Knowledge Exchange, in the first instance.