Principal and Chief Executive Officer
Chair North Highland College UHI Board of Management


Thank you for your interest in the position of Principal at North Highland College UHI. 

North Highland College celebrated its’ sixtieth anniversary last year, having played a key role in the development of the Far North Economy, its infrastructure and the social fabric of the community.

North Highland College UHI is a dynamic and ambitious organisation delivering both further and higher education as one of the largest partners in the UK’s leading integrated university, the University of the Highlands and Islands. As one of the key partners in the university, North Highland makes a significant contribution to the delivery of learning across the northern counties of Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, and also has national and international reach as part of the regional university structure. This unique combination of a federated structure is balanced alongside a local commitment and focus. We have ambitious targets for growth set against a solid and sustainable financial position. This presents exciting opportunities for the right candidate. 

Since the College's conception, there has been a fundamental link with major employers such as the Dounreay nuclear research facility and with major construction, engineering, research and hospitality businesses. Although much of the Caithness and North Sutherland economy is focused on diversification, the College continues to support the region through learning and training opportunities, working closely with employers to know what skills they need for the future. 

Across our campuses, in Thurso, Halkirk, Dornoch and Alness, North Highland College hosts a large estate that provides a diverse range of learning, teaching and research opportunities for students from across Scotland and beyond. Our Thurso campus hosts the Engineering, Technology and Energy Centre, the renowned Environmental Research Institute in a modern campus setting. The state-of-the-art rural studies centre near Halkirk caters land-based subjects such as veterinary nursing, gamekeeping and equine studies. In Sutherland, the College is investing into the future of educational provision with the Burghfield project and in Alness campus provides a wide-ranging curriculum for communities across Easter Ross. The learning environment will continue to be a key development for the College and for our catchment area, as we make efforts to further support the blended learning approach which underpins the college, and the university partnership. 

The Board of Management is looking for our new Principal to play a key role working across the academic partnerships that form the University of the Highlands and Islands. In a period of just over 20 years, the University has become an established educational force in Scotland and further afield. We must however continue our evolution and growth and we are now required to enter a new chapter. There is a real desire to work ‘better together’ to deliver more from our assets, look at options to streamline, centralise, or de-centralise what we do, for the benefit of learners across the region. 

The College Board will be looking for a leader who can play a key role, in moving us forward.

We look forward to your application. 

Blair Sandison,
Chair North Highland College UHI Board of Management