An Lòchran. The Enterprise and Research Centre

Highlands and Islands Enterprise is co-located with key research and education departments from the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and research  division from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

This unique partnership aims to work together to encourage young people to become more involved in science and technology based subjects.

The Highlands and Islands provide an opportunity for Life Science companies to expand their presence in a location with a well established supply chain.

There is a breadth of work in animal health across the region from academia, public sector and industry with expertise ranging from aquaculture, to farm and domestic animals.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

The Highlands and Islands of Scotland are a magnet for progressive industries and innovative businesses, with landmark achievements in life sciences and marine biotechnology, business services and renewable energy.  

These growing sectors, together with successful tourism, food and drink and creative industries, are helping to build and enrich the region's diverse economy. 

In addition to HIE staff, a number of the organisation’s partners, including Wave Energy Scotland (WES), the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS), Interface and Scottish Development International, are also based at the Centre. For more information go to our website>>

UHI Research

UHI Department of Offshore Engineering, Inverness is led by Professor Angus Jamieson, a well-known consultant in marine positioning and directional drilling. Angus is developing a new Masters course in surveying for the offshore industries. UHI were the host publishers of the first e-book on the subject of wellbore positioning which has been accessed by over 15,000 engineers worldwide. Read more>>

The Rivers and Lochs Institute headed up by Prof Eric Verspoor, aims to develop and deliver bespoke research, education and training to support management for change and adaptation in freshwater biodiversity. The RLI specialises in Molecular Genetic Research to aid in the conservation and management of all biodiversity in rivers and lochs, including fish stocks. Read more>>

A range of educational research and development activities are being taken forward by Professor Keith Smyth, Chair of Pedagogy, and the Educational Development Unit led by Jacky MacMillan. The new Learning Lab in An Lòchran has been developed as a dynamic, malleable space to support work in this area, and advance pedagogic research and practice within UHI and the wider sector. Read more>>

SRUC Epidemiology Research Unit

The Epidemiology Research Unit, under Professor George Gunn, is focused on improving and maintaining animal population, health and welfare by integrating a range of science, including epidemiology, to develop our understanding of animal disease control. 

SRUC are also engaged in research into animal diseases that can affect humans (zoonoses) as well as  being involved in a range of studies to help provide an evidence base to stakeholders in the livestock industry. Read more>>


Highlands and Islands Enterprise is committed to making its region a world class digital region.

#hellodigital, based on Inverness Campus, brings industry leaders, such as Google and Microsoft, to the region to help businesses reach new markets and operate better online.  

For more information and a list of up coming events click here>>


UHI Stem Hub

A great opportunity to enthuse children in science within a purpose-built facility in An Lòchran. The STEM Hub has a strong emphasis of sciences, technology, engineering and maths, which are all major priorities at both school and higher education level. By engaging with school pupils of all ages the STEM hub stimulates excitement and interest in these key areas with the aim of highlighting new and exciting job opportunities for these youngsters. What's going on  Twitter Logo