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HRH The Princess Royal visited Stornoway today (Monday 25 September) to welcome the University of the Highlands and Islands’ first intake of nursing students.

Acting in her role as chancellor of UHI, Princess Anne visited the Western Isles Hospital which hosts the university courses, spoke to students and presented each of them with a commemorative pen.  She also gave a short speech, announcing plans to introduce a Chancellor’s Nursing Award to recognise excellence in the nursing cohort.

The Royal visit was organised following the successful transfer of the pre-registration nurse education programmes for BSc mental health nursing and BSc adult nursing from the University of Stirling - which has run the course for around 21 years - to the University of the Highlands and Islands.

This year's intake of students - around 18 in number - are part of the UHI - the second and third year students remain part of Stiring University.

The development is part of the University of the Highlands and Islands’ wider plans to develop its School of Health, Social Care and Life Sciences.