On 1st August 2023, UHI North Highland, UHI Outer Hebrides and UHI West Highland merged to form UHI North, West and Hebrides.
In early 2021, the boards of management at UHI North Highland, UHI Outer Hebrides and UHI West Highland commissioned a review into their long-term strategic future.
This resulted in the creation of a Partnership Board to explore merger.
An initial consultation took place with staff, students, and the public in early 2022. Feedback from the initial consultation has supported the development of the full merger proposal and business case, which was originally published on 8 August 2022. A merger summary document was also produced.
A 10-week public consulation ran from 8th August 2022 to 14 October 2022. This consisted of:
- Online information events
- Drop-ins with our merger coordinator across campuses and learning centres
- A survey for staff, students, and the public
- Comment cards on campuses and learning centres
- Staff focus groups
- Let's blether sessions for students
- External stakeholder engagement events and meetings
Consultation feedback was collated and analysed independently by Ashbrook Research and Consultancy.
The boards of management at UHI North Highland, UHI Outer Hebrides and UHI West Highland met in November 2022 and voted unanimously in favour of merger.
The merger proposal and business case was submitted to the Scottish Government and approved by Graeme Dey MSP, the Scottish Government Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Jenny Gilruth MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, and ratified through the Scottish Parliament in June 2023.
UHI North, West and Hebrides celebrated its legal vesting date on 1st August 2023, with launch activities following in September 2023.