A 10-week public consultation on the proposed merger of UHI Outer Hebrides, UHI North Highland and UHI West Highland has been launched today (Monday 8 August).

The proposed partnership is intended to create a larger, more significant institution within the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and Highland region, bringing together 9,000 students and 600 staff in 19 rural and island campus locations.

The three colleges face similar challenges including funding cuts, rising costs and a declining demographic. The merger group says that by bringing them together, they become more resilient, efficient, and financially sustainable.

Music students from UHI will be showcasing their skills at the Glasgow International Piping Festival tomorrow (9 August) - one of Scotland's biggest live music events.

Students and alumni from UHI's applied music course will play a range of traditional tunes with piping connections as part of a live session. The set will include a new tune specially written by fiddler Anna-Wendy Stevenson, UHI's applied music Programme Leader, to celebrate the ongoing partnership between UHI and the National Piping Centre.

UHI has been working with the National Piping Centre for many years to provide opportunities for music students, including specialist tuition and work experience. Several graduates from UHI's applied music degree have also gone on to work at the centre, including Ailis Sutherland from Kirriemuir who is a piping instructor and Ellie McLaren from Braemar who secured a role as a marketing assistant.

Postgraduate students at UHI have rated their study experience as the best in Scotland in a UK-wide survey.

UHI received a score of 95% student satisfaction in the 2022 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey. The result means that UHI achieved the highest rating of any Scottish university and has been ranked fourth out of the 91 participating institutions across the UK.

Coordinated by Advance HE, the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey invites students to comment on taught postgraduate university programmes. Students are asked about areas including teaching, assessment and support.

Over 120 students from across UHI completed this year's survey. Respondents rated UHI particularly highly for organisation, engagement, teaching, assessment and support.