They know - as we know - that a 'review of governance' means cuts.
And this 'review of governance' is being led through by the junior Minister for Cutting Education, Mr Allan.
I am told that the expectation is that functions will be centralised, leaving only nominal control and responsibility in the discrete locations.
Far be it from me to suggest that the review is a sham, but Inverness are already gearing up to receive some of the posts; which are expected to include much of the finance function and many of the administrative functions.
I'm told that there will be a move to centralise staffing and HR functions, which will also mean that staff may face the prospect of being moved between locations, as courses evolve.
Who will welcome the birth of the University of Inverness, and the loss of local autonomy?