Vicki Nairn has been appointed as vice-principal operations at the University of the Highlands and Islands and will lead on the design, development and service delivery of the university's professional services which support both the academic and corporate areas, and the management of strategic change programmes.

Vicki Nairn joins from Robert Gordon University where she is currently vice principal corporate operations, leading the development, delivery and implementation of corporate, financial, commercial and resource strategies.

Professor Todd Walker, principal and vice-chancellor, was delighted to appoint this second vice-principal to his senior executive team: "It is a privilege, as a vice-chancellor, to welcome a second new vice-principal to our senior team during the course of only one week.

"Vicki Nairn brings significant experience to this new role. She knows our partnership and operating area well, having served as an independent member of the university court and having spent 11 years as a member of the leadership team at the Highland Council. Vicki has also been appointed by the Scottish Government to the board of NHS Education for Scotland, which designs and delivers education and training for our NHS. She is an experienced public sector leader, delivering award winning and innovative outcomes in large and complex organisations.

"Vicki will work with the rest of our senior team to lead our ‘daring to be different' ethos, harness our energy and set new ambitions to bring values of public service, integrity and a commitment to the transformative power of education."

Vicki Nairn lives in the Black Isle and is looking forward to starting in the new year: "I am honoured to have been chosen to join the university and am looking forward to working with colleagues across the university partnership to deliver the new ‘Daring to be different' strategic plan.

"I have lived and worked across the north of Scotland for many years. So, I am delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with new colleagues, partners, stakeholders, business and communities to harness and enhance the amazing and transformational potential we have in our region.

Vicki Nairn will take up her post in February 2022.

 

Lews Castle College Maritime Department will be offering the following Short Courses, at the Stornoway Campus from January 2022.

All one-day classes run on Fridays, from 0900, to 1700.

Sea Survival/Personal Survival Techniques (£110) –07th Jan, 04th Feb, 04th Mar, 01st Apr, 06th May, 10th June

https://www.lews.uhi.ac.uk/courses/certificate-personal-survival-techniques-stcw-table-a-v1-11/

STCW Elementary First Aid(EFA) (£110) –  21st Jan, 11th Mar, 13th May

https://www.lews.uhi.ac.uk/courses/certificate-first-aid-elementary-stcw/

(The three day “First Aid at Work” is available on request.)

RYA SRC / VHF (£150) –17th Dec, 14th Jan, 11th Feb, 18th Mar, 22nd Apr, 20th May, 17th June

https://www.rya.org.uk/courses-training/courses/specialist/Pages/src.aspx

Personal Safety, and Social Responsibilities (PSSR) (£100) – 28th Jan, 25th Mar, 27th May

https://www.lews.uhi.ac.uk/courses/certificate-personal-safety-and-social-responsibilities-stcw/

Arrangements can be made for additional courses, for group bookings of 6, or more, as and when demand dictates.

 

For additional details please contact:

Iain Angus Macaulay: Tel- 01851770287, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alistair Macleod: Tel-01851770284, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lews Castle College: Tel – 01851770000

Dr Jen Vanderhoven has been appointed as vice-principal engagement at the University of the Highlands and Islands. Dr Vanderhoven will lead on the university's strategic goal to engage with our communities and to strive for mutual benefit.

Dr Vanderhoven joins from Teesside University where she is currently the Director of the National Horizons Centre leading its development as a national centre of excellence for the life sciences sector, representing the centre nationally and globally.

Professor Todd Walker, principal and vice-chancellor, welcomed the significant experience she brings to this new role: "I am absolutely delighted to welcome Dr Vanderhoven to our new senior team and to our tertiary partnership. She has a significant track record of realising and leading strategic development and operational goals within large and complex commercial and academic environments.

"She will work with the rest of our senior team to lead our ‘daring to be different' ethos, harness our energy and set new ambitions in our engagement - one for which our partnership is well prepared."

Currently based in North Yorkshire, Dr Vanderhoven is looking forward to moving north: "I am excited and privileged to be joining the University of the Highlands and Islands to lead the engagement with the university's stakeholder communities. I was inspired to read the university's ‘Daring to be different' strategic plan, and I look forward to being a key player in its journey to having a transformational impact on the prospects of the region, its economy, its people and its communities."

Dr Vanderhoven will take up her post in January 2022.