Postgraduate leadership and management courses


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Progress in your career with Scotland's highest rated university for student satisfaction at postgraduate level*

Fully accessible, flexible, personalised, and supportive continuous professional development (CPD).

Achieve your full potential with a postgraduate leadership and management course at UHI Inverness. Whether you want to develop your thinking, become a more effective manager or leader, bring value to your organisation, or gain credibility and validate your skills, our highly rated postgraduate courses can help you.

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Jonathan Van Tam

Sir Professor Jonathan Van Tam (59) started studying a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management at UHI Inverness in 2016 to gain a formal qualification in the subject, long before he came to prominence as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England. 

He completed the course in 2023 and he travelled up to the Highlands to celebrate at the UHI Inverness ceremony with his fellow students. 

He said: “I am a professor of public health in Nottingham – an academic in my own right with multiple degrees and qualifications. But as I grew more senior in my career, I wanted to undertake some formal study, and hopefully gain a qualification, in leadership and management. 

“The highlight was eventually succeeding and managing to graduate with a PG Cert. After I enrolled in 2016, life soon became very difficult in 2017 when I was seconded to the Department for Health and Social Care as Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England. There wasn’t much time for study; staying on the course was getting more and more difficult by the day. I suspended my studies, then the pandemic hit us. In early 2022 I thought I would have to finally admit defeat and withdraw from the course. But the brilliant staff on the Inverness campus talked me round, and I kept going, and managed to finish. 

“The staff in Inverness went way beyond the call of duty to encourage me to stay on and finish. The learning style online was relaxed and supportive. Without both of these things, I simply wouldn’t have made it through. To me, that makes UHI a rather special kind of university.  

“This desire to study again, and study specifically at UHI Inverness, came late in my career so I’m winding down really. The ‘day job’ has involved a great deal of leadership and management, but knowing that I’ve actually studied this subject, and that I have some theoretical underpinnings, is very important.” 

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Why choose us?

Why choose us?

  • Online and accessible – self-directed study with up to one timetabled online evening class per week for support, you can fit study around your other commitments. We also record all our sessions so if you can’t make it, you don’t need to worry. You’ll also find a collaborative space within our virtual learning environment to chat with like-minded classmates.
  • Professional accreditation – Our Human Resource Management Post Graduate Diploma and Masters programmes are accredited by the professional Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD).
  • Full access to all of UHI services and facilities – you might be studying online but you can access our student support services as well as on-campus facilities including the library and learning resource centre at any UHI campus.
  • Manageable – we will help you in your self-directed study by signposting you to learning material each week to help you break it down into management pieces. You can also choose to study full-time or part-time.
  • Flexible and supportive – we know life can throw a curveball now and again. We are flexible if you need to take a break or pause. We also know returning to postgraduate learning can be a big step, so we’re here to support you every step of the way and are always at the end of a phone call or email if you need us. You are never just a number with us.
  • Value for money – compared to other universities, our postgraduate courses are incredibly good value for money.
  • You can choose to study individual modules for continuing professional development (CPD), or work towards the PgCert and in the case of our Human Resource Management and Leadership and Management programmes, a PgDip, or full masters degree.
  • Student experience - UHI received a score of 95% student satisfaction in the 2022 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, the highest rating of any Scottish university, ranking us fourth in the UK out of the 91 participating institutions.
  • Start dates in both January and September.
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Meet our staff

Meet our staff

David Jack

David Jack graduated from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh and soon after, started his career in Human Resources (HR) with Scottish Water. He then completed an MSc in Human Resource Management with Edinburgh Napier University. David went on to work in food manufacturing as an HR manager. His HR career progressed to consultancy, giving him the opportunity to work on a variety of HR and management projects in both the private and third sector organisations. He also worked internationally, as an HR consultant, in the Kingdom of Bahrain and Philippines as part of a multi-national project team. In addition to his role as a lecturer with UHI Inverness, David continues to engage in private HR consultancy work.

Latterly, David moved into teaching, first at Edinburgh Napier University and now as a lecturer with UHI Inverness. He has extensive experience of developing and delivering online courses to both undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as facilitating management and leadership programmes. He has also been involved with the Chartered Institute for Personal Development (CIPD), firstly as a committee member of the Learning and Development Group in Edinburgh and latterly in the Highlands. In addition to his role as a lecturer with UHI Inverness, David continues to engage in private HR consultancy work.


Gill Shaw

Gill Shaw LLP (Hons) DipLP NP is a solicitor, specialising in employment law and discrimination. After working in large commercial law firms for 15 years, she set up her own employment law and HR consultancy in 2015. She advises clients on all aspects of employment law and discrimination, including: recruitment; drafting contracts, policies and procedures; managing employee relations; providing staff training and employment tribunal representation. She is also a mediator, trained through the Scottish Mediation Network.

Gill teaches part-time at UHI Inverness, delivering various modules and programmes in law and human resources. She is currently module leader and tutor for Employee Law and Employee Relations modules on our MSc Leadership and Management and Employment Law in our BA (Hons) Business and Management programme. She is also programme leader and tutor on our CIPD Foundation Certificate in People Practice.


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Tim Meredith primarily teaches on the Business and Management degree programmes, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has also taught at an international level.

He works at UHI Inverness as a lecturer in informatics. He is also a business researcher/consultant of many years standing and a co-director of a business solutions company working both nationally and internationally. He has qualifications in Information Management Systems as well Computing, Education and Business.

Tim's primary interest is in the design, management, and use of modern information systems to effect solutions in a wide variety of business and educational contexts.

Interesting fact: Tim worked as a radio operator in the submarine service of the Royal Navy. His first sub is now in the naval museum in Chatham Docks!


Rhona Morrison 

Rhona Morrison MCIBS, MBA, FHEA– Lecturer Accounting and Finance

I have been with UHI Inverness now for several years and it has been a very rewarding role to date. I lecture Finance in our Undergraduate degree programmes, as well as two core modules in our Postgraduate programmes.

My background is Banking and Finance, gaining experience in my early career within the Branch Network and achieving a managerial role at a young age supporting customers and colleagues across Retail, Business and Corporate Banking. Latterly my career saw a switch to Change Management roles working across different Divisions, completing my career as a Senior Project Manager on integration projects, giving me transferable skills and experiences into my lecturer role.


I hold voluntary roles with Beauly Shinty Club, and actively support the Camanachd Association with Child Protection initiatives, and the promotion of Shinty within our communities. I have two active dogs that need good mileage every day and I also enjoy cycling.



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