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UHI

  • Client: University of the Highlands and Islands
  • Sector: Education, university, college, research
  • Services: Strategy, brand, identity, marketing

University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) is a unique organisation. 13 independent academic partners, from local colleges to world-class research institutions. UHI’s distributed campus covers half of Scotland. We helped UHI rename, reposition, rebrand and relaunch.

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University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) is a unique organisation. 13 independent academic partners, from local colleges to world-class research institutions. UHI’s distributed campus covers half of Scotland. We helped UHI rename, reposition, rebrand and relaunch.

Discover

We learned that UHI is about equity, providing a world-class education regardless of place or context. As one workshop participant said “You may be walking through the doors of our Campbeltown building but you’re entering a campus that spans half of Scotland.”

Develop

UHI’s partnership model is what makes it unique. And the diversity of partners is its greatest strength – it enables UHI to offer students more. We repositioned UHI using that as the heart of an authentic, compelling and distinctive story – UHI is where learning means more.

Deliver

We crafted a new visual identity with the ideas of ‘more’ and ‘partnership’ embedded within it. And a strategy that provides a foundation for future campaigns. Audience testing showed a 300% increase in potential future students who said they would consider UHI.

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We renamed  University of the Highlands and Islands as UHI. Abbreviating removes some of the name’s inherent barriers and unifies the partners under a simpler identity, ready to be filled with meaning. We built a coherent naming strategy for the partners which redefines UHI as a partnership of equals.

The brand system is built to be flexible. Some partners use English, some are bilingual - one partner is 100% Gaelic. Some consider themselves full partners, others are independent but supported by UHI. 

Flexible marketing built around a single proposition ensures that UHI can talk to any audience inclusively in their own language (sometimes literally, eg. Gaelic) and their own context.

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“I think Stand have achieved the impossible here.”

Professor Todd Walker, Principal and Vice-Chancellor
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