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Business for Good: Balancing Purpose with Profit in a Post-Covid Scotland

05 August 2020

Take a step back or pause for thought to reflect on why you are doing what you are doing. Why does your organisation exist?

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Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway’s hidden innovation

12 October 2017

If you are familiar with Dumfries and Galloway you will recognise it as a rural farming area, boasting luscious green fields with wildlife, nature and forestry in abundance. It attracts tourists looking to get away from the bustle and stress of busy city lives (in fact Dumfries and Galloway is the most densely forested area in the UK). However, hidden away from sight are some of the most surprising innovative businesses that are trading not only in the UK but also globally.

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Students

Softer skills do compute with industry engagement

27 September 2017

I’ve always been interested in the practical side of computing; the ‘how do I use this’ aspect of programming. I want to know how I can use the technology to make an impact on whatever project I’m developing. I carry this through in my teaching so that I find ways to bring the student learning experience closer to what students need to know to work in a software development role after graduation.

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Mathematics

Why maths helps solve tomorrow’s big challenges

14 September 2017

The challenges humanity faces, of which many are due to the ever-increasing population on the planet and our relentless demands on natural resources – energy, water, food, or our desire in greater numbers to travel faster and further, means we must find solutions urgently that address the vast levels of complexity they pose. 

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Raasay

Cereal innovators grow Hebridean barley

30 August 2017

No two days are the same in my job; last month I found myself standing in a field of barley on the picturesque island of Raasay - in the torrential rain - wearing a dress and blazer!

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How refining data cracks hydrocarbon problems

17 August 2017

Writing as someone who has spent his academic career studying problem-solving techniques, it is always interesting and rewarding to have real-world problems to solve.

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Venturefest

IP and inspiration for SMEs

04 August 2017

Innovation is viewed as a key driver to improving Scotland’s productivity and increasing our international competitiveness. I invite you to join us at Venturefest, a Summit for Innovation.

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Umbrellas

Summer’s here!

27 July 2017

As I write this, the rain drips down incessantly and peering at the grey sky fails to give me any hope of a ray of sunshine today.  Slugs and snails are enjoying tasty feasts in my garden and my attempts at improving my golf are on hold for another few weeks.

But it is not all despair for the Scottish summer – there are lots of positive signs around!

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Bike business with big ambitions

Bike business with big ambitions

21 July 2017

Deep in Argyll you will find a man passionate about making our roads safer. Clive Rumbold from MotoScotland believes training motorcycle riders in varied off-road skills will reduce the number of serious accidents involving motorcycles.

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Rainbow

From clothes to digital, call the connectors!

13 July 2017

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.

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Batman

The sky’s the limit

06 July 2017

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. 

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