University dons its first coat

By Jane Candlish

Published: 01/06/2012

The University of the Highlands and Islands has unveiled its coat of arms ahead of the installation of its new chancellor, the Princess Royal, next week.

Granted by the Lord Lyon King of Arms, the official responsible for heraldry in Scotland, it has been designed to reflect important aspects of the university. The design features a compass rose with a fleur-de-lis indicating north, denoting the university’s location.

Two open books symbolise learning, and the university’s partners are represented by 13 hazel leaves, a tree associated with wisdom in Celtic and Norse tradition.

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