Category Archives: Innovation

The success story continues

Photo shows, from left, Alan Grierson and John MacPherson, Bright Red Publishing, Siobhán Jordan, Director of Interface, and Shirley-Anne Somerville, MSP Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science.

By Siobhán Jordan, Director, Interface

I have just returned from a week’s holiday – the only time I seem to get these days to curl up with a good book. Frequently upon finishing a good read, I often wonder what happened next?

We are very fortunate in our roles as honest broker between businesses and academics that we can indeed relive the sequel and hear what happened next…. Continue reading

Keeping businesses moving with Specialist Facilities

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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

SICSA DemoFest – Translating Research into Reality

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Steven Kendrick is the Executive Officer for the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)

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As a fairly un-techy person immersed in an overwhelmingly techy environment here at the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA), I’m constantly amazed (and occasionally mind-boggled) by some of the innovative research happening within our 14 member institutions.  Our researchers across Scotland are working on problems that can be applied to many aspects of our society.  I think a great many of us less techy folks tend to take for granted the digital systems we rely on from the moment we get up until the time we go to bed; and given the prevalence of technology in our daily lives and the exponential growth of the sector, Informatics and Computer Science research has never been more relevant to us.  Continue reading

Innovation keeps bopping along

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Photo of Iain RobertsonBy Iain Robertson, Trainee Patent Attorney, Marks & Clerk

Scotland is home to a number of internationally recognised and world-leading colleges and universities, which are home to a wealth of expertise and experience.  Scotland’s higher education institutes are also particularly commercially savvy, spinning-out more companies than any other region in the UK [Spinouts UK]. Continue reading

Interface on the North Coast 500 (NC500)

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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

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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

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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

Boost to Scottish small business growth

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By Gavin Wilson, Head of Business Development, Royal Bank of Scotland

I was delighted to host the second Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards at Gogarburn on the 21st February 2017.

Interface are a natural partner for the bank and form part of the bank’s free Boost programme aimed at driving small business growth by helping organisations make the right connections. Continue reading