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Photocollage of researchers in different environments such as: workshops, labs and conferences.

Photos (left to right): University of Aberdeen, University of the Highlands and Islands, University of Glasgow

Scotland’s universities are set to benefit from an additional injection of research funding to the value of £5.8m. The additional funding was announced by Minister for Higher and Further Education Graeme Dey at Edinburgh Napier University on 7 February.

Recognising that university research and knowledge exchange directly impact the quality of teaching, universities will be asked to direct this additional funding towards a range of research and innovation activity that supports teaching, including but not limited to:

  • Research into education and teaching excellence.
  • Ensuring students and staff are equipped with the latest knowledge to support entrepreneurialism.
  • Student and staff training.

Welcoming the announcement, SFC Director of Research and Innovation, Helen Cross, said:

“We are delighted to be supporting Scotland’s universities with additional funding for research. We recognise the interdependencies between teaching and research and therefore look forward to seeing the outputs from this additional funding and how individual institutions will put it to best use based on their individual missions and priorities.”

Professor Stephen Decent Universities Scotland Research, Knowledge and Exchange committee Convener said:

“Scottish Universities contribute significantly to the economy, and we welcome this strategic decision from the Scottish Government to pass the Regional Innovation Fund onto the sector in recognition of that vital work. This investment will also provide our universities more opportunities to support the Scottish Government’s Innovation Strategy, giving them an important advantage in research and innovation.”

Full details on institutions’ individual allocations.