The University of the Highlands and Islands has announced the appointment of Dr Beth Mouat as its first islands' strategy director.

This new post will lead the delivery of its islands' strategy which sets out the university partnership's plans to enhance its activity for the benefits of staff, students and communities across Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.

A native Shetlander, where she is joint head of marine science and technology at NAFC Marine Centre UHI, Dr Mouat says she is excited to have the opportunity to take forward such an important islands-focused project:

The University of the Highlands and Islands partnership celebrated its tenth birthday on Monday 1 February, the same day it welcomed its new Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Todd Walker.

Professor Todd Walker will join the university from Australia, where he has worked in multi-campus, regional universities for over 20 years. He will initially work remotely from his home in New South Wales, before relocating to the Highlands when local COVID-19 restrictions ease.

Although the origins of the university go back many years, the partnership was officially awarded university status by the Privy Council on 1 February 2011.

As the 10th birthday of The University of the Highlands and Islands approached on the 1st of February 2021, Lews Castle College was celebrating a decade of art alumni success.

A showcase of work by staff and alumni work is currently on display at Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum in North Uist where the Lews Castle College Art and Design courses are delivered from one of the smallest and remotest arts schools in Scotland - https://www.lews.uhi.ac.uk/our-centres/north-uist-campus/courses