Category Archives: Collaboration

From clothes to digital, call the connectors!

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Gillian HambleyBy Gillian Hambley, Business Engagement Executive, Aberdeenshire

Scotland is an innovative and creative country and I am delighted through my role with Interface (based in Aberdeen), I can support local companies on their innovation journeys by connecting them into universities to help them solve their challenges and grow their business. Continue reading

The sky’s the limit

Prof Andrew RaeBy Professor Andrew Rae
Professor of Engineering at the University of the Highlands and Islands

When I was about eight years old, I came to understand that being Batman was not an achievable career choice. It was a sad day for me, but this ‘Road to Damascus’ moment (or perhaps, more properly, this ‘Road to Gotham’ moment) had a silver lining. I was (and still am) a complete aviation anorak so I settled on the thought that I’d like to design aeroplanes for a living. (When I was eight, Batman was not the dark knight of the modern blockbusters, but the somewhat more cringe-worthy “Biff!”, “Bam!” and “Kapow!” of the recently departed Adam West, so I think I made the right choice.)  Continue reading

Creative purpose

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Alice Ojeda By Alice Ojeda, leading innovation missions at Standard Life

This blog is one in a series by Alice Ojeda on innovation and creative thinking in business

My theme this month, purpose, deviates from innovation in one sense, but from another perspective is the bedrock of anything we endeavour to do in our lives and any challenge we meet. After all, if we’re to pass all the thousand obstacles to solving a problem that matters, we need a deep sense of why it matters in the first place to ourselves. Continue reading

Keeping businesses moving with Specialist Facilities

Human Performance Lab

By Heather Alexander, Marketing Manager, Interface

Time is flying by… it has already been a year since we launched the online Specialist Facilities showcase and video.

Promoting and connecting businesses to these specialist facilities that are housed within universities, research institutes and colleges is fully part of Interface’s matchmaking service and we have seen some great examples of this in use. Continue reading

Interface on the North Coast 500 (NC500)

North Coast 500 Scotland route photo

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.

Photo of Shaie MacDonald, Interface

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

Engage with Strathclyde event banner

Dr Rachel Clark profile photo  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

The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards panel discussion photo
Photo of Professor Sir Pete DownesBy 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