Conference 2018

11-13 December 2018 - Perth College UHI

11-13 Dùbhlachd 2018 - Colaiste Pheairt UHI

'Research with impact'
'Rannsachadh le buaidh'

The event is open to all university staff, and especially to those who are already research active or simply interested in developing their own research activity, and postgraduate (research) students. The conference is intended to give research active colleagues the chance to:

  • Plenary presentations on national and international 'hot' research issues
  • Showcase your research with presentations, poster presentations and training sessions
  • Learn about, and engage with, the university’s research clusters
  • Receive updates on the latest research developments across the university
  • Hear presentations from external speakers
  • Excellent networking opportunity - meet colleagues from across the university
  • Attend information and training workshops and sessions
  • Learn about research related systems, policies and processes
  • Discover tools to help your research and research practices
  • Attend the conference dinner (pre-registration essential)

Updates on Twitter for the 2018 conference: follow @UHI_Research, use/search tag #UHIRC2018


General enquiries and contacts

General enquiries and contacts

General enquiries and requests for accommodation, island travel assistance or dietry requirements should all be directed to 

University of the Highlands and Islands
Executive Office
Ness Walk

Telephone:  01463 279347

During the conference

There will be general notices provided at several occasions throughout the conference.  However, if you require any assistance, please see your colleagues at the registration desk in the first instance. They will do their best to help you.

Last minute updates will be posted on this webpage and via twitter using #UHIRC2018

Getting to Perth and the conference venue

Getting to Perth and the conference venue

Map of Perth College UHI campus:  PC campus map.pdf

The main conference venue will be the new Academy of Sport and Wellbeing sports hall, coloured red in the above campus map. Parking at Perth College UHI is on a first-come, first-served basis, and there is a modest daily charge of 80p.  Please use the bus services if you can as there will be pressure on parking.

Buses from Perth city centre to Perth College: No’s 1 and 2  and 15 leave from stop ‘D’ on the map, which is just after the junction of Atholl Street and Barrack Street, with a stop just before the college.  To return to Perth City the nearest bus stop is directly opposite the college entrance.

To get a map of the the area on your phone use the link below:,-3.4371424,16z

More detail on travel to and from Perth and getting around Perth.

Opening plenary speaker - Professor Lesley Yellowlees CBE

Opening plenary speaker - Professor Lesley Yellowlees CBE

The opening plenary speaker is Professor Lesley Yellowlees, CBE, FRSE, HonFRSC, chair of SFC RKEC, Professor of Inorganic Electrochemistry (University of Edinburgh), and first female president of the Royal Society of Chemistry 2012–14.

The title of her talk is "From there to here, and what comes next: A personal academic journey and reflections on the potential for researchers in Scottish HEI in the future".

Professor Yellowlees Edinburgh University profile

Professor Yellowlees SFC profile

Professor Yellowlees Royal Society profile

Research Showcase Presentations

Research Showcase Presentations

Presentations will be from any discipline area, and colleagues have been encouraged to incorporate examples of research that are collaborative and that have generated (or have potential to generate) ‘impact’.

Presentations from both staff and students (and especially a combination of the two) are encouraged. Presentations may be made on research projects that are at any stage, i.e. formative through to completed.

There will be 2 research showcase sections in this year’s conference, on Thursday 13 December running from:

9.15 a.m. – 10.15 a.m.

11.45 a.m. – 12.45 p.m.

Each Showcase section will be divided into 4 parallel sessions, and it is expected that there will be an opportunity for 4 presentations in each of those parallel sessions, each of approximately 12-13 minutes, in order to allow a bit of time for Q&As and for changeover of presenters.

Although the showcase sessions have initially been divided thematically, it is intended that the diversity of research across the University should be celebrated, and so the sessions are likely to be of mixed content in several cases.  See the programme for details of the session themes.

Parallel Sessions: Tuesday 11th

Parallel Sessions: Tuesday 11th

Parallel Sessions: 16:30 – 17:30 

  1. Option 1:  The University’s Preparations for the 2021 REF (Neil Simco (lead) plus Margaret Little and Stuart Knight) (Room: 959/960)
  2. Option 2:  Update on the University’s Research/Teaching Linkage Project (Keith Smyth and Michael Rayner (leads), plus Jamie Grant and Lindsay Blair) (Room 963)
  3. Option 3 - OPTION CANCELLED:  Mentoring in the University – The Role, Value and Function of Research Mentoring and how this is being supported across the University.

Melanie Smith has sent her apologies for having to cancel the mentoring session but has indicated that she is very happy to speak with any colleagues who may be interested in research mentoring, during tea and coffee breaks, lunch times or dinner.

Research Posters at the conference

Research Posters at the conference

An important aspect of the conference is the chance for staff and students (individually or together) to present something about the research they have been undertaking. Throughout the conference there will be a display of research posters in the conference main hall, including the opportunity to vote for the best poster with prizes awarded on the final day; voting slips are available from the registration desk.

As with previous years, there will be 2 prizes available for the best staff and student posters, as voted for by conference attendees. The prizes will be awarded at the end of the Conference, in the closing session.

It is hoped that staff and students who are showing posters will be available to answer any questions that delegates may have, during break times, as far as possible.  Voting for your favourite poster must be completed and deposited in the voting box/receptacle at the end of the evening on the 12th December, just ahead of the conference dinner.

Digital versions of some of the posters are available to view from the posters webpage.

Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers

All keynotes addresses are scheduled for the morning of DAY 2 (12th December)

What is Happening in the Research Scene across the UK, and what challenges and opportunities does this bring?  
Ian Brotherston (Head of Government Engagement, Innovate UK).

Research, Knowledge Exchange and Impact in Scotland. An SFC perspective
Dr Stuart Fancey, Director of Research and Innovation, Scottish Funding Council for Further and Higher Education.

Research In UHI – Past, Present and future…(including engagements with REF, UKRI and so on)  
Professor Neil Simco, UHI VP Research & Impact Session chaired by Michael Rayner, Dean of Research, (note: the session will include some time for Q&As).

These sessions will conclude with a Q&A Panel Session - the panel, comprising the 3 speakers from the morning’s plenaries,  will consider questions from the participants; Session chaired by Michael Rayner, Dean of Research.

Information tables

Information tables

During the conference there will be an array of information points set out within the main conference hall; these will be staffed by members of the appropriate teams to ensure access to experts in various research support functions.  

These include information on electronic library resources, finance office, Pure, Research Professional funding database, and knowledge exchange provisions etc.  Please do make a point of visiting the tables and speaking with colleagues who are there.

Accommodation and travel

Accommodation and travel

Accommodation will be provided in 3 hotels in the city of Perth. For delegates travelling a significant distance additional accommodation may be required, please contact to discuss. The conference dinner will be in Perth College, in the early evening on the 12th, preceded by a drinks reception and networking opportunity.

Please note: there is no conference fee and all accommodation plus meals during the event are included for all registered delegates. However, if you sign up for the dinner and do not then attend, a charge of £35 will be levied.

Accommodation/dietary requirements should be requested when registering.

All reasonable travel costs for students will be covered in full by the Graduate School.  All receipts should be kept and submitted to Val Cooper with an expenses claim form following the event.

There will also be some assistance provided for staff travelling to the conference from the islands. Please email the conference organisers at  if you have a request for island travel assistance.