UHI Principal to speak at Old High Church on St Columba’s Day

James Fraser, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands will speak at the Old High Church this Sunday, 9 June at 7.30pm.

A member of the Free Church of Scotland, Mr Fraser will reflect on faith in an academic setting, and what role the churches can have in caring for students as the new UHI campus is built in Inverness.

The event, which is open to all begins with worship for St Columba’s Day (this year is the 1450th anniversary of Columba’s arrival on Iona).

After Mr Fraser’s talk there will be refreshments and a question and answer session.

Highlander James Fraser attended Plockton High School in Ross-shire. He gained an MA (Hons) in Mental Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh in 1971 and went on to become a lecturer in English and Liberal Studies at Inverness Technical College, now Inverness College UHI.

In 1977 he took up an administrative post in the Academic Registry of the University of Stirling, gaining promotion in 1980 to assistant registrar. He graduated with an M.Ed from the University of Stirling in 1983.

In 1987 he was appointed secretary of Queen Margaret College in Edinburgh, now Queen Margaret University. From 1972 to 1979 James also worked part-time with the Open University as a tutor on some of its arts courses.

He was appointed as secretary to Paisley College of Technology in 1989. Paisley was granted university status in 1992 and James remained as university secretary until 2002 when he joined UHI Millennium Institute, forerunner to our university, as secretary. In 2007 he became UHI deputy principal and secretary.

He took over as UHI principal in 2009 and became vice-chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands in February 2011.

The other guest speakers at the Old High this summer are:
30 June 2013: Kenneth Steven, writer, author and poet
21 July 2013: Rev John L. Bell, Iona Community member, hymnwriter, lecturer, broadcaster on ‘the strange silence of Biblical women’.
11 August 2013: Rev Martin Johnstone, Priority Areas Secretary of the Church of Scotland and Chief Executive of Faith in Community Scotland