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University Research Conference


I am delighted to welcome everyone to our fourth biennial University of the Highlands and Islands staff and postgraduate student research conference, which is being hosted this year by Inverness College UHI.

For those who are able to attend the first day of the conference, you are being treated to the chance to meet in the College’s state-of-the-art building. And you will also have the chance to visit An Lòchran, the new research hub that is co-located on the campus site. These two buildings are physical expressions of the growth and development of all aspects of our university’s life and activities, which covers teaching at every (post-compulsory education) level, and the highest research excellence in a growing range of areas. These areas include new developments in education and pedagogy, engineering, music and creative industries, as well as our existing strengths in areas such as marine science, health sciences, history, nordic studies, gaelic language and culture, theology, environmental studies and environmental science, and many more. We are an educational partnership and university that is on the move, and on the move upwards, in terms of our aims, aspirations and realised achievements.

Connect – Collaborate – Communicate  Co-cheangail - Co-obraich - Com-pàrtaich

7-9 November 2016 - Inverness

This is a highly exciting time to be part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, and our conference will give us the chance to explore together some of the many things that have been happening over the past two years and some new things that are on the horizon. Let me give you a few examples to whet your appetite:

• At the time of writing, we are on the cusp of securing rDAP (research degree awarding powers), and we expect that the award will be confirmed by the time we meet. Achievement of rDAP is a huge milestone in our development as a university and in some ways represents our ‘coming of age’. We will be able to award our own research degrees for the first time, and then be fully responsible for all of our degree-level awards and associated activities. Securing rDAP is a significant marker in our growth and maturity as an institution, and you will be able to hear something about what this will mean for the University in the years ahead, during the conference;
• We are moving towards the expansion of our research and teaching provisions in the health and related disciplines area, as allied to pre-medicine and nursing. This is another exciting area of development and opportunity for the future;
• We are gearing up to engage with the next round of the REF (Research Excellence Framework) and we expect to build on the tremendous results achieved in the 2014 exercise. We will share the latest intelligence about the next REF at the conference, and how the university is preparing for it;
• We are into the second year of the life and activities of the research clusters, and their work and activities will provide the main focus of presentations and sessions when the conference moves to the Kingsmills Hotel on the 8th November. You will be able to find out what the clusters are all about, how you can take part in their work and activities, and what they are planning to do in the year ahead in support of the academic community;
• We will be able to celebrate the continuing growth and success of our postgraduate students, both as they take part in all aspects of the main conference and also in a special training section devoted to their needs on day one;
• There will be an opportunity to hear presentations about the research being undertaken by our staff and students, in the research showcase session on the 9th November, and also to see poster presentations throughout the conference; and
• There will be a range of training opportunities available for colleagues to take part in during the Wednesday morning, which includes information about resources available to support colleagues in their research, not least in the brave new world of 'Brexit'.

In summary, there is a huge amount going on at the conference, and we have a great deal both to celebrate and to prepare for. So I trust that you will fully engage with all that the conference has to offer, and will be amazed and delighted at the wonderful things that are going on in and across our University.
Enjoy the Conference…….

Professor Ian G Bryden BSc PhD CEng CMarEng CPhys FRSE FIMechE FIMarEST FInstP
Vice-Principal, Research


General enquiry;  

Disability, dietry or accomodation query;  , Graduate School Training Officer

University of the Highlands and Islands,
Executive Office, 
Ness Walk, 

Telephone;  01463 279229


We have secured rooms for Research Conference delegates around the areas of Kingsmills and Crown but numbers are limited. Details of how to get to the hotels and their locations are below;

Beaufort Hotel

11 Culduthel Rd
Inverness IV2 4AG
01463 222897

Redcliffe Hotel

1 Gordon Terrace
Inverness IV2 3HD
01463 232767

Kingsmills Hotel

Culcabock Rd
Inverness IV2 3LP
01463 237166


Sharing of travel arrangements/costs where possible would, of course, be helpful. A contribution will be made for travel costs for those travelling from the islands - please contact  to discuss your requirements.

General information

How do I book?

Please register via Eventbrite

How do I register dietary requirements?

You can register your dietary requirements when booking your place on Eventbrite, or email  .

I have a disability – how can I register my requirements?

Please log these under accommodation when booking on Eventbrite and also contact the organiser, , Graduate School Training Officer.

University of the Highlands and Islands,
Executive Office,
Ness Walk,
01463 279229


Conference highlights

With around 200 staff and students attending to take advantage of the opportunities to network and develop and share ideas, the conference is not to be missed.  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. All conference attendees will be offered the following benefits:

  • No conference fee or accommodation charge
  • Accommodation in (or close to) the main conference venue (Kingsmills Hotel) if required
  • Research showcase presentations, poster presentations and training sessions
  • The chance to learn about, and engage with, the university’s Research Clusters
  • Updates on the latest research developments – rDAP, REF, Brexit…
  • All meals provided plus refreshment and networking breaks
  • Conference dinner and ceilidh on 8 November (pre-registration essential)
  • Contribution towards travel from outer isles available

Research posters

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 Kingsmills section of the conference (days 2 and 3) there will be a display of research posters in the conference public area, including the opportunity to vote for the best poster with prizes awarded on the final day.

 Updates on Twitter for the 2016 conference follow @UHI_Research, and search for tag #UHIRC2016

Information tables 

Throughout the conference there will be an array of information points set out in the public areas, these will be staffed throughout the conference by members of the appropriate teams to ensure there will be experts is various research support functions on-hand to talk with.  These will be:

Registration and Conference materials 
Academics without Borders - F Rennie and team 
Library Resources
LTA and EDU - Jacky Macmillan and team
Grants and Contracts Office includign Research Ethics
Research Professional
KE functions - Joe Irvine


Registrations are now closed.  If you haven't yet registered and would like to come please contact  directly.