Nearly three quarters of UHI research has been classified as ‘world leading' or ‘internationally excellent' in a new expert review undertaken to assess the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

Research in health and nursing, earth systems and environmental and marine sciences, archaeology, education, area studies, Gaelic and history were all recognised by the Research Excellence Framework published today (Thursday 12 May).

This latest assessment looked at a range of aspects of the work of 117 researchers across the UHI partnership. It examined the impact of their research, demonstrating how targeted research at UHI can support sustainable and inclusive economic prosperity in our communities, as well as addressing some of Scotland's biggest challenges.

UHI principal and vice-chancellor, Professor Todd Walker said: "This is a great result for UHI and recognises we can more than hold our own in a very competitive research environment. We have achieved and exceeded our expectations, building on our success in 2014. Our staff, students and communities should be very proud of UHI which is delivering a high standard of research locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

"UHI has a unique place and deep roots in our communities. Our research is more connected to their needs and that helps us excel in areas which are important to them, including their future development. We use our local expertise to collaborate and engage with researchers and projects across the world – that's quite some achievement for such a young institution."

The Research Excellence Framework provides accountability for public investment in research, demonstrating its benefits and impact. Results are also used to inform future allocation of research funding.

"UHI has now firmly established our presence in the Scottish standings," added Professor Donna Heddle, UHI acting vice-principal (research). "This result continues to show strong evidence of developing research capacity across a broad range of areas. It demonstrates exactly how UHI should, and continues to, underpin economic activity in our region. We are making a real difference to our environment, to the business community and to people's lives – not just in our communities, but across the world."

Research by UHI at Ness of Brodgar excavation has encouraged more community engagement with heritage and archaeology. Credit: Jo Bourne

Enjoy a taste of your future career at UHI Outer Hebrides

Our new taster sessions are a great way to find out about a subject area and decide if it’s the right option for you. 

With opportunities to join our Food & Drink staff to try some cooking, to design your own room in 3D CAD and printing in Engineering, sharpen your business skills and so much more there is something for everyone thinking about taking their next steps in education.

Our subject tasters are aimed at anyone who wants to learn something new. Whether you are a potential applicant, current student, or someone who just fancies finding out more about a subject or our campus, these sessions are designed to give you a feel for what it might be like to study with UHI Outer Hebrides.

All our tasters are an hour long and are completely free.

Staff will also be on hand in our Student Support Centre to answer questions about courses, applying, funding and support.

Upcoming Taster Sessions:

Wednesday 4th May, from 7.30pm
Business Studies - Joins our Business team for some top business tips and communications tools to support your business and learning
Open Hair Salon - Join our open salon and try a quick hair up tutorial with our staff and students
Engineering - Design a room in CAD and test out our 3D printer

Wednesday 11th May, from 7.30pm
Fashion - Define your style with this fashion illustration session
Sustainable Development  - More details to follow

Wednesday 18th May, from 7.30pm
Jewellery - tour our studio and harness your creative process to create an original design
Gaelic - learn about the fairies, witches, ghosts, the evil eye and the second sight of the Gaelic world with this Intro to Folklore session
Computing - More details to follow
Food & Drink - Enjoy tour of our training restaurant and kitchens. You'll also get the opportunity to make an easy dish to take home.”

Thursday 25th May, from 7.30pm
Art - visit out art studios at our Uist Campus
- Engineering - Design a room in CAD and test out our 3D printer
Open Hair Salon - Join our open salon and try a quick hair up tutorial with our staff and students

BOOK NOW - simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your taster session now. 



Where: UHI Outer Hebrides, Lews Castle Grounds, Stornoway

We would like to invite members of the Outer Hebrides community who can attend UHI Outer Hebrides in Stornoway to take part in a workshop which involves discussing with others about local mental health needs.

This workshop is part of a research study based upon work done in Texas by our partners at Texas A&M University (Kingsville). There are two workshops taking place: one here in the Outer Hebrides and the other in the Black Isle in Highland.