Category Archives: Rural Innovation

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

Dairy Blog – Wheying up Innovation in the Dairy Sector during These Difficult Times

dairy cows

When I agreed to write a blog on dairy a couple of months ago, I wouldn’t have forecasted seeing a picture of cows being led through a supermarket as a protest against the average UK Gate farm price decreasing by a quarter to 24.06 pence per litre over twelve months. However, this is the point where I bow out and say, for further details on the current situation and for informed commentary and opinions, go to the various news sites and representative bodies. Continue reading

Brewing success in Shetland

Kjol at Shetland Harbour

By Silke Reeploeg, Staff Researcher with the Centre for Nordic Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands

Earlier this year the University of the Highlands and Islands received funding from the Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher Scheme to collaborate with the Lerwick Brewery in Shetland on a research and knowledge transfer project.  The aim of the project was to develop an ‘events range’ of beers to coincide with local events on Scotland’s northernmost island group.  Sounds good right?  The result was a fantastic, limited edition, beer inspired by the annual ‘Bergen-Shetland’ yacht race, which was launched during the race June. Continue reading