Knowledge Exchange Team


What the KE team support

The Knowledge Exchange team should be one of your first points of contact for help and support if you are a researcher thinking about applying to any of the innovation funds.

The team works to increase UHI’s collaborative research with other universities/organisations, businesses, government, and third sector parties.  This includes work to provide collaborative training (CPD, studentship projects, training in enterprise and entrepreneurship) and to encourage our researchers to take part in relevant commercialisation and development activities.

They can also help with Knowledge Exchange projects such as Scottish Funding Council Innovation VouchersUKRI Industrial strategy Challenge Fund and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

Sector Focused Teams

The university has specialist groups, formed to focus on business sectors where we have expertise, ready to help on commercial contracts and give expert help in collaborative projects. These groups include: 

Aquaculture, Creative Economy, Energy, Scottish Rural Health Partnership (SRHP), Sport and Fitness

Tourism, Water Quality Innovation. 

In addition to the seven KE sectoral groups, the KE team can help businesses undertake collaboration activities related to other areas, for example: healthcare innovation, digital health, identity and heritage, Northern Studies, Agronomy, Archaeology, Fine Art and Music, Gaelic Language and Culture, Marine Ecology and Physical Oceanography. The KE team is happy to help you find what you are looking for – UHI staff are experts in their fields of study, and they have industry experience backed up by current research projects.

We can provide practical solutions to real problems, click the links below to see more detail or to contact us directly:


Joe Irvine, Director of Knowledge Exchange
Joe's role is to ensure the UHI Knowledge Exchange function maximises value from innovation whether that be by the commercialisation of UHI research or and through delivering and developing collaborative links and projects with industry, social enterprises and the public sector.

Darlene Russell, Knowledge Exchange Officer
Darlene is responsible for supporting the development of the UHI Knowledge Exchange sectoral groups in tourism, creative economy and water quality innovation. She has the responsibility for producing innovation-led, revenue generating opportunities as well as promoting a culture of innovation across the partnership.

Anna Paaso, Knowledge Exchange Coordinator
Anna is responsible for the co-ordination of core UHI Knowledge Exchange activities, and administration of Knowledge Exchange sectoral groups.  She is responsible for the management of all UHI – Interface interactions, and provides advice and support to companies and academics through the Interface expertise search and Innovation Voucher application process.

Lynn Thrower, Industrial Strategy Challenge Officer
Lynn’s role is to support and increase UHI’s role in advanced and high quality research proposals for Industrial Strategy Challenge fund opportunities by developing collaborative links between researchers, businesses, enterprises and public sector organisations.