Category Archives: Business & Academic Collaborations

Interface on the North Coast 500 (NC500)

As part of our “meet the team” series, this week we join Shaie MacDonald on a very special road trip. Shaie is a Business Engagement Executive for Interface in the Highlands and Islands.

I work with organisations to grow their ambitions by facilitating mutually beneficial relationships with academia. I spend my days travelling throughout the Highlands & Islands working with a variety of organisations to identify some of the most diverse and complex industry challenges. Continue reading

55 routes to engage with Strathclyde

  By Dr Rachel Clark, Project Coordinator, Engage with Strathclyde

Whilst the University of Strathclyde is always open for engaging with businesses and organisations, each year in early May we actively invite our current and prospective partners to come in and find out more about how we can work together through a series of specific events. Engage with Strathclyde takes place from 2-5 May, and there will be more than 55 events across the campus. Continue reading

Creating the climate for innovation


By Professor Sir Pete Downes, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee and Chair of Interface Strategic Board.

There was a time when Scotland brimmed with ingenuity. Many of the ideas and inventions that have shaped the modern world can be traced back to the hotbed of genius that was the Scottish Enlightenment.  Continue reading

Eight days a week at #STW2017

By Dr Fiona Hutchison, Senior Engagement Executive for Tourism, Interface

Interface were very proud to be active participants in Scottish Tourism Week 2017. Designed for this crucial Scottish industry, a series of events took place across not seven, but eight days. My colleagues and I attended, exhibited and presented at a significant number of events across the country. You could find us in Argyll and the Isles, Dundee and Angus, Perthshire, the Borders, Fife, Glasgow, West Lothian and Edinburgh. Continue reading

#BeBoldForChange – I’m celebrating International Women’s Day!

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Each one of us – with women, men and non-binary people joining forces – can be a leader within our own spheres of influence by taking bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity. Through purposeful collaboration, we can help women advance and unleash the limitless potential offered to economies the world over.”

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By Heather Alexander, Marketing Manager, Interface

At Interface we are conscious and proactive in the work we do both externally in supporting women led organisations, and internally with supporting staff development. Continue reading

A great idea, a university and a new industry

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By Dr Sophie Mullins, Business Innovation Manager, University of St Andrews

One of the most significant inventions of the early modern period was the printing press and Europe’s scholars were fundamental to the success of the new business of books. The goldsmith and engraver, Johannes Guttenberg invented printing with moveable type in Mainz in the mid-fifteenth century. His first book was printed in 1450. Continue reading

Looking for a perfect (academic) match?


By Siobhán Jordan, Director, Interface

The origins of St Valentine may be shrouded in historical fog but there is nothing foggy about the commercial impacts with about a billion Valentine’s Day cards and 50 million roses dispatched every year.  It was during the middle of the 18th century that Valentine’s started to take off in the UK, with lovers sending sweets and cards adorned with flowers, ribbons and images of cupids and birds. Continue reading