HIE Sells Centre For Health Science In Inverness
1st August 2019
Highlands and Islands Enterprise has sold the to the University of the Highlands and Islands in a deal worth £9.83m.
Funded by a loan from Scottish Funding Council, the sale will consolidate and help further develop the university's School of Health, Social Care and Life Sciences.
Carroll Buxton, interim chief executive at HIE, said: "We developed the Centre for Health Science in 2008 to support the growth of the life sciences sector and attract like-minded organisations under one roof to encourage research and commercial collaboration. The success of the centre has shown the regional benefits generated by partnership working across agencies including NHS Highland, University of the Highlands and Islands and the University of Stirling. The sale of the building will safeguard the ability to deliver the NHS nursing undergraduate degree course and the centre will continue to be open to the public.
“The facility has a key role in fostering and facilitating collaboration between different organisations associated with the sector which is crucial to our aspiration to see many more life sciences jobs in the years to come. We are developing the nearby Inverness Campus to further grow the academic and commercial life sciences activity. Part of the 215-acre site is designated as an enterprise area for life sciences, which offers incentives such as rates relief to attract companies to the region."
Professor Crichton Lang, the university’s principal and vice-chancellor, explained: “The University of the Highlands and Islands has been carrying out world-leading research in Centre for Health Science for many years. This includes research in diabetes and cardiovascular science, proteomics, lipidomics and genetics and immunology, as well as working to advance knowledge of health and health services in rural areas.
“The building is also the home for our undergraduate degree in oral health science, our contribution to the Scottish graduate entry medical programme and, for the last two years, our department of nursing and midwifery. It is this latest development in nursing that has prompted the move to purchase the building to help fulfil our growing aspirations in the health, social care and life sciences areas.”
The purchase will also give the university space to build on existing and future relationships with the NHS and other partners with interests in this important field.
Karen Watt, Chief Executive of the Scottish Funding Council, said: “Purchasing the Centre for Health Science will create a fantastic new asset for the University of the Highlands and Islands. It is also an important investment in locally-based training for healthcare professionals in the region. I’m delighted that the Scottish Funding Council has been able to make this happen through the Financial Transactions programme.”
The transnational project, called ‘DisruptAqua', is worth €155,000 and is being supported by the European Union's Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme (NPA) 2014-2020. As the demand for fish is increasing, the innovative use of existing and new technologies is required.
Social enterprises are a critical part of the rural economy contributing £250m in the Highlands and Islands and South of Scotland areas. This is according to new figures released by HIE and South of Scotland Economic Partnership (SoSEP).
Wellness Tourism is worth over £500bn worldwide, and has grown more than twice as fast as tourism overall. Join us for the latest series of ‘TUNE INTO TOURISM', and explore how you can capitalise on this growing trend.
Businesses in the Highlands and Islands looking to develop their use of digital technology and innovation are set to benefit from a new £465,000 support programme. Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) announced the investment on Monday 30 September 2019 at a digital collaboration event to launch the refreshed #hellodigital facility in An Lochran, Inverness.
Fourteen delegates from organisations across Europe that are tackling socio-economic challenges will visit the Highlands this week. The visit is part of the next project meeting of the Support Network for Social Entrepreneurs (SuNSE) and will take place during 1-3 October in Inverness and Sutherland.
The latest Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) Business Panel Survey published today (10 September) shows that 89% of companies across the region are offering benefits such as competitive levels of pay, training and skills development, flexible working and paying the living wage. Over a thousand businesses across the region took part in the latest survey conducted between 10 June and 8 July.
Plans to create a spaceport that will launch communications satellites into orbit from the Moine peninsula in Sutherland are set to be unveiled for discussion at public meetings over the next two months. Development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), which is backing the £17.3m project to design and build Space Hub Sutherland, has today (Wednesday 4 September) lodged a proposal of application notice with the Highland Council.
People with a business idea that will benefit their local community or environment will soon have access to a new programme of support, being launched across the Highlands and Islands. Known as the Social Start-Up School, the innovative programme will be delivering four locally focused initiatives.
The owners of land earmarked for the Space Hub Sutherland development on the Moine Peninsula have agreed a lease option with developer, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). Representatives of Melness Crofters Estate (MCE) and HIE signed the agreement yesterday (Wednesday 31 July).
The second phase in a major upgrade of Scrabster Harbour in Caithness has secured up to £3m investment from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The funding will enable the redevelopment of the existing St.
[Printer Friendly Version]