North Highland College UHI appoints new Principal

New Principal appointed at North Highland College UHI.

After interviewing a strong and diverse field of candidates from right across the UK, North Highland College UHI has appointed Debbie Murray as its new Principal.

Thurso born Debbie has extensive senior-level experience in further and higher education and has been serving as Interim Principal with the college since October 2020. She holds an educational career spanning roles in; administration; teaching; funding; and new business development during her time at the college and has enjoyed working closely with other University of the Highlands and Islands partner colleges. Debbie has also built strong relationships with local businesses, as well as a network of stakeholders across the UK and abroad, and is looking forward to her new role.

Debbie said “I’m absolutely thrilled to take up the post of Principal of North Highland College UHI. We have a new vision and strategy to build on post-pandemic and intend to enhance our key areas of strength by forming even closer ties within the University. I’ve learned a lot from previous Principals at the college and I’m passionate about supporting all of our students and staff so that UHI can truly have a transformational impact on our region to the benefit of our communities. I look forward to continue working with our board of management, my colleagues and partners to put all of our ambitious new plans into practice.”

Blair Sandison, Chair of the college’s Board of Management, said “Debbie has already delivered significant outcomes for the college during her career and the board looks forward to supporting her and the entire college team as she takes up this new challenge. All staff and students have responded with resilience and flexibility throughout the disruption encountered in the last 12 months and the board cannot begin to express its admiration and gratitude for this magnificent response that has continued to deliver high quality education and outcomes for all of our learners. As Debbie takes up this new role and Covid related restrictions are relaxed, it is now time, under new leadership, for the college to move forward and capture the exciting new opportunities afforded in the post-Covid learning environment.”

The college has adapted to online technologies over the last 12 months to help with the challenges brought on by Covid. This has allowed students to connect with their tutors and lecturers from home which can only strengthen the student experience alongside more traditional face-to-face learning when a new cohort of students start this September.