Here we see magnificent Inverness Castle across the River Ness from our processional route. This is a suitable moment to ponder on the wider implications of UHI.
An economic impact report showed that UHI contributes £191 million every year to the Scottish economy and supports 3,300 full-time jobs. The independent report by BiGGAR Economics also detailed that we help to sustain an added contribution of £202 million every year, and 2,700 jobs, through the further education provision of our 13 academic partners and research institutions.
We're proud that for every £1 invested in the University of the Highlands and Islands, we put back nearly £4 into the Scottish economy.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor James Fraser said: "This research showed that investment in the university from the public purse has a demonstrable benefit. It reaffirms our belief that we can make a tangible economic difference in partnership with our constituent college and research centres."