On the Ground

Research takes place across Inverness Campus in academic instiutions and private companies - and often jointly. The close proximity of these organisations means that collaborative working is made easier.

Across the region the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) has a wide range of research strengths which are recognised by the Research Excellence Framework. To find a UHI expert follow this link>>

The Centre for Health Science complex, including the Highland Diabetes Institute, hosts the following collaborative research organisations:

• UHI Department of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Science
• NHS Highland Diabetes Centre
• The Highland Clinical Research Facility 
The Centre for Rural Health 
NHS Highland R&D 
The Highland Surgical Research Facility

An Lòchran, the Enterprise and Research Centre is a Campus building where multiple occupancy creates a blend of collaborative and innovative input.

The building accommodates development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise along with the following departments of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and Scotland's Rural College (SRUC):

UHI Rivers and Lochs Institute.
UHI Learning and Teaching Academy. 

SRUC Epidemiology 





Medical Technologies and Digital Health

The Smart Technologies initiative seeks to create a ‘test-bed’ in the Highlands where NHS, academia, commerce, and the 3rd sector can come together to test innovations in service delivery and management. The key objectives are:

  • Attract new digital health business to the Highlands and Islands
  • Test innovation and measure outcomes for NHS Highland
  • Build capacity in a resurgent University of the Highlands and Islands (vocational courses for care workers, new digital health workers, academic service evaluation)

The Smart Technologies aims to create solutions for the Health Service and communities in the Highlands and Islands whilst building business capacity and academic value.  It provides cross-sector and international opportunities for SMEs and also for social enterprises and the third sector. It seeks to deliver in five key areas as follows:

  • Innovation in Products and Service Delivery     
  • Remote Healthcare Delivery (Institute of Remote Healthcare)
  • Digital Technology
  • Digital Solutions
  • “Rural School”

One health

One health is the recognition that farmed animal, wildlife, environmental and human health are all closely inter-linked, and therefore requires a multi-disciplinary approach to help in tackling disease, particularly infectious diseases (e.g. Ebola, Lyme etc.). 

Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) plays a key role in the One Health field with their zoonotic disease interests, NHS Highland also has particular strengths in this area.  This, when combined with the excellent array of human health and medical expertise in Inverness, provides a strong platform to develop ‘One Health’, and has already resulted in business enquiries to the Campus site.

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Research areas within the 'One Health' theme in addition to zoonoses are indicated below:

  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Colo-rectal Disease
  • Mental Health
  • Pharmacy
  • Biomarkers

Active health

Active Health addresses physical activity (and inactivity) in disease management and prevention.

It identifies how best to deliver training, education and the outputs from research in the rural and remote dimensions.

Following on from the broad remit of the Wellbeing theme specific areas of interest will be as follows:

  • Primary Care
  • Informatics
  • Business/Health Projects
  • Social Care

Inverness College, UHI

Inverness College UHI opened its doors to students at Inverness Campus in August 2015. The new facility which represents a £50 million investment occupying 18,500 sq.m, enables Inverness College to realise its ambitious vision of creating an iconic, modern, tertiary education environment. 

Inverness College UHI is one of the largest partners of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). Through a partnership with 12 other colleges and internationally renowned research centres, they are enabling people to study high quality further and higher education across the region. A selection of courses, from national certificates to post graduate degrees, are taught to over 6,500 full-time and part-time students.

Student residences are available through UHI's accommodation provider Cityheart, the new facilities provide around 300 units.