Support from Scottish Universities

There is huge value to the cultural and heritage sectors in working with Scotland’s academics. Universities in Scotland are funded by the Scottish Funding Council to collaborate and develop collective intelligence with businesses through sharing knowledge, expertise and research facilities. This lovely film by Alys Scott Hawkins, made for the Beyond the Campus research project, reflects on the collaborative relationships between higher education and the creative sector:

 Interface – the knowledge connection for business team, will help your organisation find the most suitable academic group through impartial brokering. Interface Scotland promote innovative business – academic collaborations through translating the needs of companies from all sizes and sectors into manageable projects for Scottish Universities and Research Institutions.

The opportunity on offer is to have either an academic team or student working with your organisation on a digital research, development or innovation project – with their time provided to your organisation offset by a grant (funded up to £5,000 subject to eligibility). This is a tried and tested model, which has already supported over 500 projects.

Watch this overview of the brokering offer available from Interface:

Read this case study of Scottish theatre company Grid Iron collaborating with Edinburgh Napier and Edinburgh Universities

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See more case studies to get an idea of the different kinds of projects that have already taken place.