Rarebird takes flight after print collaboration


By Paulette Brough, Founder, Rarebird

This week to celebrate the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, we caught up with Paulette Brough, founder of Stornoway-based Harris Tweed accessory maker Rarebird, to hear more about her collaboration with Glasgow School of Art and the benefits it has brought to her business.

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University plus business equals mutual success

By Dr Natalie Coull, Lecturer, Division of Computing and Mathematics, University of Abertay

Interface helps connect businesses to academic expertise to develop products, services and improve processes. In our regular blog we feature both businesses and academics who have collaborated on a variety of projects.

Dr Natalie Coull is one of a small group of academics at Abertay University which partnered with Droman Crime Solutions and Police Scotland to develop a “serious game” to help police tackle cybercrime.

We decided to find out a bit more about Dr Coull, her inspirations and what she sees are the benefits of business-academic partnerships. Continue reading

Wheel of fortune for recycling week


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As this is national Recycle Week, we decided to upcycle some of our blogs. Each month we ask a business Interface has connected with academic expertise a few questions about their company and what they achieved from working with academics. Here we have picked out a few answers which give a valuable insight into the world of business-academic collaborations… Continue reading

Rhiannon ’baaaaa’gs the job in Highlands and Islands

By Rhiannon Merritt, Business Engagement Executive, Interface

When did you start at Interface and where did you work before?
I joined the Interface team in April from VisitScotland, as one of their Industry Relationship Managers where I was supporting businesses within the tourism industry. Continue reading

Collaboration reaches new depths












By Dr Katherine Simpson, ATLAS Project Manager, Heriot-Watt University

British scientists and their industry partners are leading a mission to reveal the secrets of the deep Atlantic Ocean.
The ATLAS project – involving 24 research institutions around Europe and North America – will spend four years studying the deep sea, exploring unknown ecosystems and measuring the changing ocean currents that affect our climate. The project, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, will explore some of the remarkably diverse ecosystems – gathering samples and filming creatures at ocean depths of many kilometres. Continue reading

Plaudits for Interface’s people power

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By Julia Page, Chief Executive Officer, veski

As an innovative organisation veski draws on its international networks for knowledge, inspiration and advice. An important part of my role as chief executive officer is visiting our international connections and learning how innovators in other countries operate. Continue reading

The Innovation academy launched in Glasgow

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Siobhan JBy Siobhán Jordan, Director, Interface

The word innovation is now a standard phrase in our day to day vocabulary. From mainstream TV to shopping centres all organisations are keen to show that doing things differently is no longer the preserve of large technology companies. But in the drive to innovate there may be a view that all the ideas have to come from within. Continue reading

Meet the shining star who leads innovation through collaboration

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Professor Bill Buchanan and Lynn Crawford from The Cyber Academy were delighted to provide hospitality to Interface for the business-academic round table during a recent visit by Julia Page, Chief Executive Officer of veski [Australia] to Edinburgh Napier University.

Here Lynn, the Academy’s Project Manager, gives her perspective on her colleague Bill, who is a leading light in business-academic collaborations.

Having the opportunity to share knowledge and experiences relating to the development of small businesses in Scotland is just one of the many benefits of living in Edinburgh and working in such a fantastic collaborative community. Continue reading