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New challenge for Sheena as she supports University of the Highlands and Islands governing body


By Calum MacLeod

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Newly appointed University of the Highlands and Islands university secretary Sheena Stewart.
Newly appointed University of the Highlands and Islands university secretary Sheena Stewart.

Experienced adviser Sheena Stewart has been appointed as university secretary at the University of the Highlands and Islands to provide strategic advice and guidance to its governing body, the university court.

She will also organise the work of the court and its associated committees and provide advice to court members regarding protocols and compliance with legal and statutory obligations.

Sheena joins from Abertay University where she is currently university secretary, having held the post for almost 10 years.

University court chairman Alastair MacColl said: "We are fortunate to be able to attract such an experienced secretary to this important governance advisory role at a critical time in our development.

"Sheena already knows our partnership well and currently serves as vice-chair of the Highlands and Islands Students' Association, the body which represents students from across our operating area. She joins as we move into a new chapter having celebrated 10 years of being a university in 2021. We've achieved a lot in the first 10 years, but there is much more to come, and I welcome Sheena's counsel as we pursue our mission to serve our communities and our students."

Sheena has held roles as convenor of Universities Scotland Secretaries' Group; member of the executive committee of the UK Association of Heads of University Administration; non-executive director of Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges Ltd; and as a member of the AdvanceHE Governance Development Forum.

Sheena Stewart added: "I am delighted to be joining the University of the Highlands and Islands and to be part of this phase of the university's development. Having been part of the Highlands and Islands Students' Association trustee board for almost five years, the mission, diversity and excellence of the whole community is inspiring and I look forward to making a contribution to this."

Sheena will join the university's senior team on March 28.


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