The University of the Highlands and Islands Mace

The mace symbolises the landscape and natural elements of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, and was commissioned to mark the creation of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

University of the Highlands and Islands maceIt was on display at Perth College UHI when Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh visited us in July 2012 and Perth College UHI graduation ceremonies since the same year.

Gifted by the universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Strathclyde for use in graduation ceremonies across the UHI partnership, the mace was designed by Edinburgh College of Art’s jewellery and silversmithing department, and made by Hamilton and Inches. The mace is made from indigenous Scottish light ash, silver, gold and mixed metals. The ornamentation symbolises sand or beaches, water and air, while the lower mount is adorned with three 18ct yellow gold wires depicting mountains. A concave plate is mounted at the very bottom of the mace, reflecting the theme of water and waves.