Postgraduate Research


Graduate School

University of the Highlands and Islands
Bryden Lodge
Ness Walk
Scotland, IV3 5SQ

Ness Walk


Due to measures being implemented across the UK to curb the spread of COVID-19 all staff of the Graduate School are working from home until further notice. Whilst you see this notice, please contact all members of the team via email, where we will still be able to help with all aspects of the PGR experience.


The Graduate School provides support for all research degree students and everyone involved in the postgraduate research journey, including supervisors, examiners and colleagues across the UHI network.

Our key aim is to enhance the research student experience and we seek to create a vibrant postgraduate community and develop a strong research culture in which students can flourish and interact with the wider UK and international academic community.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Setting out a code of practice for standards and expectations for research degrees
  • Ensuring that these standards and expectations are met
  • Providing funding to support research student activities such as conference and workshop attendance
  • Acting on student feedback provided by the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES).

Personal and professional development plays an important part in enabling researchers to reach their full potential. We offer training opportunities for postgraduate research students to help their research degree experience, brush up on essential skills, and to interact and socialise with other students from across the network.

The annual postgraduate student research conference – and the biennial staff/student conference – are important events for research students. Hosted by a different Academic Partner from within the UHI network, all students are invited to attend to share experiences, communicate their work through presentations and posters, learn new skills, and importantly to spend time with other UHI researchers, students and staff.

In addition, there is access to training and events run by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities, the Scottish Graduate School for Social Sciences and the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland.

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The Graduate School team

The Graduate School team

Jackie Deacon

Graduate School Manager - Jackie manages the day to day work of the Graduate School which covers all areas of postgraduate research student administration, development, policy and regulation.

d: +44 (0)1463 279432

Janis Mackay

Graduate School Registry Officer - Janis is responsible for postgraduate research student data management and administration in the Graduate School, working closely with students and their supervisors to support postgraduate research studies from application to completion.

d: +44 (0)1463 279241

Val Cooper

Graduate School Training Officer - Val is responsible for providing training and development opportunities for postgraduate research students and supervisors throughout the year and for planning and facilitating the annual postgraduate research student conference. She also co-ordinates progress monitoring of students.

d: +44 (0)1463 279229

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Supervisor and staff area on SharePoint

Supervisor and staff area on SharePoint

The UHI Graduate School’s SharePoint pages are now available for research student supervisors and staff looking for more information about the postgraduate research provision. The Code of Practice for Research Degrees and the Postgraduate Research area on Brightspace remain the go-to places for staff/student procedural guidance and forms, with the content of this new site providing complementary information, templates and checklists to assist with, for example, candidate interviews and new research student local inductions.

We hope you find the resources useful – if you have any comments or queries, please contact

Supervisors area on Sharepoint (university signon required)

Student area on Brightspace (university sign on required)

PGR Code of Practice