The University of the Highlands and Islands has appointed a BAFTA-nominated film and television producer as its first ever Chair of Creative Industries.

Professor Robin MacPherson has worked in Scotland’s creative industries sector since 1980. He entered the film and television industry in 1989 at the Edinburgh Film Workshop Trust and has since produced numerous documentaries, current affairs programmes and dramas, including the BAFTA-nominated drama, The Butterfly Man, and the Scottish BAFTA nominated Tree Fellers. He established Screen Academy Scotland in 2005 and joins the University of the Highlands and Islands from Edinburgh Napier University, where he is currently Director of its Institute for Creative Industries.

Professor MacPherson will take up his new post in August. Based at Shetland College UHI, he will be tasked with enhancing the university’s creative industries activities. A key component of this will be to foster and strengthen links with cultural businesses and organisations across the Highlands and Islands to support the region’s creative economy and develop opportunities for students and staff.

Speaking about his appointment, Professor MacPherson said: “I’m delighted to be joining Scotland’s newest university, helping it to support the vibrant creative sector both in Shetland and across the Highlands and Islands. From new course development to partnering in research and knowledge exchange, there are fantastic opportunities for collaboration with the cultural and creative sector and I’m really looking forward to making new connections from Shetland right across the University of the Highlands and Islands network.”

Donogh O’Brien, Director at Aspen, added: "We were delighted to secure Robin's application along with more than 40 others from around the world. UHI is Scotland's newest university and is fast becoming (following excellent REF results in 2015) world renowned as not only credible but "distinctively different" due to its distributed geographical reach across half a country. This is a newly created Chair post and although based in Shetland its impact will be felt across the entire region putting Shetland, Creative Industries and UHI on the map simultaneously. Robin, following a rigour its and robust assessment, was unanimously seen as the most appointable candidate and we wish him and the University well."

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