Raising Norse spirits

Centre for Nordic Studies worked with Edrington Group, owner of Highland Park Distillery in Orkney to provide research to inform product and sub-brand development of a new range of whisky products drawing on the island's Viking heritage.

Emigration and changing understanding of the past

Our Centre for History's research on emigration and the northern Highlands of Scotland has had a considerable impact on the culture and society of our region through the development of public understanding of the significance of emigration to history.

Software informs aquaculture planning

DEPOMOD software predicts the impact of discharges from fish farms on the sea bed which can be toxic to other marine life. Adopted by environmental regulators in Scotland, the software is now used in 25 countries worldwide.

Heart of Neolithic Orkney world heritage site

A landscape approach to archaeological survey and excavation focussed on the world heritage site has had an impact on planning policy, contributed to the preservation and interpretation of the historic environment and has had a global bearing in the application of research.

Home research Research Excellence Framework

World-leading results put us firmly on the university research map

Over 69% of the research we submitted for review to the Research Excellence Framework has achieved the two top grades: internationally excellent and world leading. We have outperformed the newer universities in Scotland.

This is particularly important for us as a young university and shows the Highlands and Islands is more than capable of holding our own in a very competitive research environment, not only in Scotland, but in the UK and internationally.

The result shows strong evidence of developing research capacity across a broad range of subjects and underpins current and future economic activity in the Highlands and Islands, making a real difference to the environment, to the business community and to people’s lives.

Ratings awarded in the Research Excellence Framework will inform funding to be announced in spring 2015. In addition, the new framework aims to provide accountability for public funding of research and demonstrate its benefits, in addition to providing benchmarks and reputational yardsticks.

Unit of assessmentProfileFTE category A staff submitted4*3*2*1*U
Allied health professions, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy Outputs    12  45  40  3  0
Impacts    27  73  0  0  0
Environment    25  63  13  0  0
  Overall  5.2 17  53  28  2  0
Earth systems and environmental sciences Outputs    15  61  21  4  0
Impacts    10  90  0  0  0
Environment    15  60  25  0  0
  Overall  32.45  14  66  17  3  0
Geography, environmental studies and archaeology Outputs    2  36  51  7  5
Impacts    0  60  40  0  0
Environment    13  38  25  25  0
  Overall  13.20  3  41  45  8  3
Area studies Outputs    11  53  32  0  5
Impacts    20  60  20  0  0
Environment    40  60  0  0  0
  Overall  7.25  17  55  25  0  3
Language and linguistics Outputs    14  41  36  9  0
Impacts    0  60  40  0  0
Environment    50  40  10  0  0
  Overall  5.80  16  45  33  6  0
History Outputs    6  53  35  6  0
Impacts    50  50  0  0  0
Environment    20  40  40  0  0
  Overall  4.20  17  50  29  4  0

Notes :

  • 4* Quality that is world leading
  • 3* Quality that is internationally excellent
  • 2* Quality that is recognised internationally
  • 1* Quality that is recognised nationally
  • U Quality below the standard of nationally recognised or work that is not eligible for the research excellence framework