Environmental Research Institute
The Environmental Research Institute is a centre of aspiration that seeks to be internationally recognised for distinctive and innovative environmental science. We work with partners throughout Europe and as far afield as North and South America, Asia and Australia. With easy access to outstanding natural resources in the Pentland Firth and Flow Country, and a range of analytical and field equipment, we seek to address emerging issues related to improving our understanding of the natural environment.
Our work is focused into three thematic priorities – Renewable Energy and Environment; Water / Carbon and Climate / Environmental and Ecological Health - delivered through:
- Research (including Knowledge Exchange)
- Learning and Teaching
State-of-the-art laboratory, meeting and office facilities in our prestigious new Centre for Energy and Environment complement the facilities at our Castle Street base. Recent programmes include a multi-million pound marine renewable energy project (MaREE), Bioenergy projects funded by EU Northern Periphery Programme and development of a multi–disciplinary peatland research hub. Learning is at the core of our activity and we aim to provide a high quality educational experience for all students whether undertaking higher education courses or studying for doctorate degrees. ERI is committed to making research accessible to a wide audience and our outreach agenda supports the school curricula as well as delivering benefits to the public, policy makers and the local economy. Commercial work includes providing analytical services for aquaculture and renewable energy developments.
Key information and contact details:
You can find more information at the ERI website
Institute Director: Professor Stuart Gibb
Environmental Research Institute, North Highland College, Castle Street, Thurso, Caithness KW14 7JD
ERI, North Highland College, Centre for Energy and Environment, Ormlie Road, Thurso, Caithness KW14 7EE