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Hello Sophie and a warm welcome to our alumni community!

As a new graduate of the University of the Highlands and Islands, we would like to congratulate you on your achievement and we are delighted to welcome you to our global alumni community of over 30,000 former students!

We’re here to support you in your life after university and offer a range of benefits and services, including:

We'd love to know how you are getting on and keep you informed about what’s happening at the university. You can let us know at any time by completing the update your details form on our website. You can also stay connected with us on Facebook and with the alumni network group on LinkedIn!

Please get in touch if you have any ideas, questions or feedback. We really value our alumni so thank you and please do stay in touch! 

Stay connected for your chance to win!

Enter here for your chance to win one of 3 x £100 vouchers for a store of your choice in time for Christmas!

*Be quick! The closing date is Sunday 12th December 2021. One entry per person. Open to all University of the Highlands and Islands 2021 graduates who update their details by the closing date. Winner will be notified by email and announced on social media shortly after. There will be three winners, all receiving a £100 voucher for a store of their choice.

FutureMe - Helping you look up, look forward, be in the know

Graduate For Life

We understand that career journeys are often unpredictable and exposed to unplanned influences and events. As individuals, we grow and develop constantly and our circumstances change. The need to keep learning and developing new skills is becoming the norm, especially during these unpredictable times.

We are all a ‘work in progress’ and employability is a lifelong journey which does not end with the acquisition of the first job after graduation. 

The university's Careers team are here to support you to develop and manage your future career, providing you with the ability to book guidance appointments, search the Job Shop, book a mock interview and upload your CV or application form for feedback.

Simply register with FutureMe.


A message from our Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal

"I would like to commend the adaptability and creativity you have shown in completing your studies and the support you have shown to your fellow students."

Congratulations from our Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Todd Walker

"You’ve reached the end of your studies and completed your qualification during one of the toughest times in history. I’m incredibly proud of what you've achieved."

Congratulations from the Highlands and Islands Students’ Association President, Flo Jansen

"I am happy to share the in the excitement of your graduation and am very proud of all your achievements. All the best for your future."

Thank you to everyone who tagged #UHIGrad or sent in photos of your ‘at home’ celebrations. 

Watch the compilation video!


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A family graduation celebration! Jim Alexander studied SCQF Level 10 Care Services, Leadership and Management at Perth College UHI, his daughter Laura Alexander studied BSc Geography at Inverness College UHI and her boyfriend Zsombor Zubrinsky studied HND Business at Perth College UHI!


Ashton McDonald
BSc (Hons) Marine Science

"My bachelors was with the Scottish Association for Marine Science, studying the Marine Science with Arctic Stream, however now studying at University in Oslo for a Masters in Geomorphology and Geomatics, in collaboration with the University in Svalbard in the Arctic – where I will reside for the next two years"


Ileene Macdonald
MLitt History
UHI Centre for History

“I cannot thank the teaching staff enough for their enthusiasm, help and support. They were wonderful.”


Paula Ferguson
BSc Integrative Healthcare
Moray College UHI

"I did it all for my kids, I have opened my own little business called
The Little Room based in Ayrshire and I specialise in helping people who are struggling to conceive naturally. It is a wonderful job and I’m very fortunate to be able to do something I love."


Alumni Award Winners

We are delighted to announce Lorna McNee as the 2021 Alumni Award winner!

Lorna was selected for the title in recognition of her professional success which saw her receive a Michelin Star just five months into her first head chef role.

Lorna graduated with an HNC in professional cookery from Moray College UHI in 2008, was awarded a Michelin Star in January for her work at Cail Bruich. She is the first solo female chef in Scotland to be awarded a star in 20 years and the only female chef to have ever received one in Scotland’s largest city. The award was Glasgow’s first Michelin star in 18 years.

A very deserving winner of the 2021 Alumni Award. Congratulations Lorna!

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Online event - Applied Music and the University of the Highlands and Islands – a 10 year journey

It is 10 years since the BA (Hons) Applied Music degree was introduced to the University of the Highlands and Islands in 2011, closely followed by the development of the progression programme - the MA Music and the Environment. The event will consist of an information sharing presentation followed by discussion with staff, graduates, current students and guests.  It is open to all those interested in finding out more and how you might wish to get involved in the future.

Register here!


Race to Zero

Inverness College UHI has joined Race to Zero, a global campaign against climate change, and pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2040. Working in partnership with staff and students, work is underway to create a new sustainability strategy to reach a range of short, medium and long-term targets to reduce carbon and its environmental impact in innovative ways. 

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The Seaweed Academy

The fledgling UK seaweed farming industry has taken a major step forward after the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS UHI) gained funding to develop training and business development for the sector.

The Seaweed Academy will be based at SAMS UHI, near Oban, and is the UK’s first dedicated seaweed industry facility, offering advice to start-ups, training workers and sharing the latest research to help businesses develop.

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Alumni Ambassadors

We are building our alumni ambassador community.

We are looking for a wide variety of alumni ambassadors, who have studied a variety of different courses, at all of our partner college locations. Interested? Find out more here!

Meet our newest ambassador:

Ashlie McIvor
BSc (Hons) Marine Science, 2018

"I am currently a la Caixa doctoral fellow at the University of Lisbon contracted by the Marine and Environmental Science Centre (MARE-ARDITI) in Madeira Island, Portugal.

My time at SAMS UHI really shaped me and exposed me to all components of marine science. I had many mentors who encouraged me and supported my ambitious goals; these mentors alongside the diverse course load opened many doors that have allowed me to excel at each subsequent opportunity.

I want to be like them still, and I want to offer similar opportunities that I was presented with. Being an alumni ambassador gives me the opportunity to express my gratitude in addition to supporting other like-minded students who have as many questions as I had at the beginning of my academic career."

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UHI alumni unveiled as Speak Gaelic presenters

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI alumni, BBC presenters and social media stars, Joy Dunlop and Calum Maclean, will lead a new language learning initiative. SpeakGaelic’s resources will provide a framework for Gaelic language learning across TV, iPlayer, BBC Sounds, web, face-to-face classes, YouTube and other social media to attract and inspire learners and speakers.


Liam Colgan Music Award winners

We were delighted to announce Lisa Hope and Grant Irvine as the 2021 winners of our Liam Colgan music student awards! They both graduated from Perth College UHI this year with a first class BA (Hons) Popular Music and will each receive £500 towards a mentoring opportunity with a renowned songwriter and producer of their choice.

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Prize for Engineering Excellence

Congratulations to Emma Gunn who has won the Prize for Engineering Excellence!

Before completing her degree, Emma began her journey with North Highland College UHI in 2015, achieving a National Certificate then progressing through a range of courses while becoming an apprentice and eventually a full-time engineer for NUVIA. Emma graduate with a 1st class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and will be returning to study the MSc Mechanical Engineering.

With special thanks to Willie Printie, who donates this annual award, in recognition of academic excellence in engineering.

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Share your news!

We love hearing about how you are getting on and - if you say it's ok - we feature some of your stories in this newsletter!

Please update your details to let us know what you're up to!

Rebecca Ross
BA Childhood Practice
Inverness College UHI

"My goal is to be a primary school teacher. Now I have gained my degree, I have to complete English and Maths at a higher level to be able to apply for the PGDE next summer! This has been a long journey for me and my final career is in sight. Studying online, part time has been amazing as it allowed me to take care of my children, work and study. Being a UHI student has been the best experience of my life!"


Serena Grant
HNC Healthcare Practice
Perth College UHI

When Serena finished school, she was unsure what direction she wanted her life to take. However, after gaining some life experience working for the NHS, she found her calling in life.

Read her story!


Alumni access to e-Resources

As one of our alumni, you can access a range of free e-Resources to assist with your lifelong learning after leaving university.

To access, please register here.


Discount on taught postgraduate courses

Do you know if you have a degree or honours degree from the University of the Highlands and Islands, you will receive a 10% discount on the tuition fee for all taught postgraduate courses? 

Find out more


UHI Merch!

2021 hoodies and t-shirts are now available for our graduates to buy online via The Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI shop! Pick from university-branded, your home campus, or department and wear your achievement with pride! All items are organic, renewable and ethical.


Centre for History Newsletter

2-4-1 newsletters! Here is the latest Centre for History newsletter with stories about their students, graduates and staff. This year the Centre for History had the best degree results ever (despite the pandemic) and their students continue to produce exceptional work. They hosted a large international conference over the summer and carried out a full programme of public engagement activities - as you can read!


Fantastic opportunity for our artistic alumni!

The Royal Society of British Artists' Rome Scholarship 2022 is now open for applicants. Closing Date: 1st January 2022. This competition is open to artists who live, work or study in the UK and who are aged 35 years or under. The Scholarship is for the month of September 2022. The Scholarship offers:

- Four weeks accommodation at Sala Uno in the heart of Rome
- Studio space which will be available within the gallery
- Two meals per day, provided at a nearby restaurant
- Return flights to Rome
- £1000 prize money


Now, why not kick back and enjoy some tunes from our UHI Applied Music graduates on Spotify!

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