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UHI Students and Business Connect during Highland Innovation Week 2014

During March, The Highland Centre for Enterprise and Innovation (CREATE), organised and hosted Highland Innovation Week to raise student awareness of the importance of innovation in all industries and business sectors. SIE Intern for UHI: Inverness, Rachael Bews, gives an insight below into the events that took place during the week to help students gain insight into innovation in real business environments.

Ideas Lab hosted by Create, SIE and NHS Grampian

CREATE Innovation Week

On Monday 17th, Create and SIE hosted an Ideas Lab at the new Moray College UHI Centre for Health Science. 18 students tackled a real life social problem with the professional guidance of NHS Grampian healthcare professionals – Obstetrician/Gynaecologist Dr Grant Cumming and Midwife Amanda Ross. Students pitched their ideas to a panel of judges before the winning team was awarded goody bags. Participants were encouraged to enter their innovation ideas in the 2014 Young Innovators Challenge.

Subsea7 Innovation in Oil and Gas

Former Inverness College UHI welding and fabrication student Richard Bews shared his fascinating journey through the oil and gas industry over the past 30 years. Richard shared with 55 students with an insight into the innovative projects he works on at Subsea as a Welding and Materials Specialist and how his beginnings at Inverness College UHI led him there. He also explained to students that innovation is at the forefront of the oil and gas industry. As technology improves so does the ability to exploit oil and gas reserves in increasingly challenging subsea environments.

Business Networking Lunch

CREATE week 2

22 students and 30 representatives from some of Inverness’ most esteemed businesses came together on Wednesday 19 March at the Inverness College UHI training restaurant to network over lunch, produced by the college’s professional cookery students. Students had the opportunity to learn about the environments in which the business representatives work and how innovation plays its part in a variety of sectors.

SSE Innovating for the Low Carbon Future

On Thursday 20th, around 80 students from a range of academic disciplines learned what approaches are being taken by SSE to innovate for the low carbon future. Internal methods of innovation were explored, including the outstanding ‘License to Innovate’ programme which encourages all 19,000 employees to participate in the innovation process. Technological developments in Biomass and hydrogen fuel were also considered, as well as the importance of collaborative networks in innovation.

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