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AN LÒCHRAN, THE ENTERPRISE AND RESEARCH CENTRE

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

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). 

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.

Girls with microscope in STEM Hub at Inverness Campus

Science Skills Academy

The Science Skills Academy 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 his colleagues in the  Educational Development Unit. The 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 Institute for Biodiversity and Freshwater Conservation, part of UHI Inverness, aims to develop and deliver bespoke research, education and training to support management for change and adaptation in freshwater biodiversity. The Institute 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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