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AN LÒCHRAN, THE ENTERPRISE AND RESEARCH CENTRE

An Lòchran is HIE's head office and we're co-located with departments from UHI, Wave Energy Scotland and SRUC.

An Lòchran. THE ENTERPRISE AND RESEARCH CENTRE

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) 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 to support the development and skills of our future workforce.

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.

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About Highlands and Islands Enterprise

We work in a diverse region which extends from Shetland to Argyll, and from the Outer Hebrides to Moray, covering more than half of Scotland’s land mass. We have offices across the region helping communities and businesses to develop and grow.

As the economic and community development agency for the north and west of Scotland, we focus on three priorities: 

  • We grow successful, productive and resilient businesses
  • We create the conditions for growth in a region that is well connected and well placed to maximise opportunities
  • We build strong, capable and resourceful communities

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, Interface and Scottish Development International, are also based beside us in An Lòchran. 

We are the lead developers of Inverness Campus - and it's coming to life quickly. Our vision is to create a place where businesses, academia, the public sector and the community can all thrive. The Campus has the potential to be a major regional asset in transforming the economy of the Highlands and Islands by providing a state-of-the-art location for commercial businesses, research organisations, students and local residents.

black and white cows in a field

SRUC EPIDEMIOLOGY RESEARCH UNIT

SRUC is Scotland's Rural College and has its Epidemiology Research Unit, under Professor George Gunn, based in An Lòchran. It's 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 in An Lòchran is also a base in the north for the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding scheme and SRUC Veterinary Services. 

SRUC staff 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.

Girls with microscope in STEM Hub at Inverness Campus

UHI STEM HUB

The UHI STEM Hub is a great opportunity to enthuse children in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths. The Hub is a purpose-built facility within An Lòchran. These subjects are all major priorities at both school and higher education level, and are pivotal in developing our future workforce and highlighting new, exciting job opportunities for young people. It's also a great avenue for raising awareness of the types of job opportunities that are available across our region, supporting sectoral developments and building a sustainable region. 

Inside view on Inverness College students on stairs

UHI Research

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. 

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The Rivers and Lochs Institute, part of Inverness College UHI, 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. 

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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. 

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