The competition which kills you doesn’t look like you

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By Suzanne Dawson, Head of Sector Relationships, Interface

I am a Lay Member – that is one of the non-solicitor members – on the Council of the Law Society of Scotland.  The Law Society is a membership body which represents the legal profession across Scotland. Membership is made up of all kinds of lawyers including the big corporates, in-house and high street firms. Continue reading

Connecting the Dots

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Dr Kate Adamson is a trainee patent attorney at Marks & Clerk. She has been training with Marks & Clerk since 2012 and previously worked as a physicist and engineer in the defence and telecoms industries.

In this blog post, she gives some of her thoughts on intellectual property (IP) in collaborations.  Continue reading

Just like time, innovation does not stand still

 

By Siobhán Jordan, Director, Interface

Siobhan JHow time flies in January – we have reached week 3 and the Christmas decorations are safely packed away in boxes in the attic and Happy New Year is no longer my opening greeting.

Just like time, innovation does not stand still.  Indeed – to stand still and not strive to improve products, processes or services is to fall behind. Continue reading

History in the making

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Ian Walker of Borders Journeys approached Interface to help him find the right academic expertise from Scotland’s 23 Higher Education Institutions.

Partnering with academics at Queen Margaret University helped him make an important strategic decision about the future direction of his company.

This year, to celebrate the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, Ian features in one of VisitScotland’s 90 second mini-documentaries.

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All aboard the Interface sleigh, Santa is on his way!

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By Siobhán Jordan, Director of Interface

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all was quiet, Santa and his elves boarded the Interface sleigh. Piled high with presents to bring good cheer, Christmas comes but once a year! Continue reading

University-business collaboration in Scotland: progress update

puzzle-pixabayinga-sileryte-ncub-tmitchellThe National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports university-business collaboration across the UK.

Following publication of the 2016 Collaboration Progress Monitor, we invited Inga Sileryte, Research Officer at the NCUB, to look at how Scottish universities are faring with business engagement across the UK. Continue reading

Tourism benefits from Fiona’s dedication

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By Fiona Hutchison, Sector Engagement Executive – Tourism, Interface

Fiona Hutchison joined Interface in September as Sector Engagement Executive for Tourism to encourage multi-party groups to collaborate with academic expertise. Here, we found out a bit more about Fiona and what she has been doing so far. Continue reading

From R&B to R&D

 

warren-baderFormer music video producer Warren Bader set up Plan Bee, a beehive management service which also produces honey and other hive products, to help reverse the decline in the bee population. He gave an inspirational talk at the 2016 Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards about his journey collaborating with academics, which started with Interface. Continue reading