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How to create a winning awards entry


By Heather Rattray, Marketing Manager, Interface

With just over 4 weeks to go until the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2018 applications deadline, here are some top tips for applying:

  • First and foremost – make it a team effort – these awards celebrate collaboration and partnership so make sure that each of the parties involved in the collaborative project are involved in the award application
  • Prove it – Always back up your claims with evidence, especially proof of innovation and the impacts achieved to all the parties in the collaboration
  • Think about the audience – Consider who will be reading your entry – the judges are not experts in your area of expertise so keep it simple, concise, clear and easy to understand
  • Attention to detail – Adhere to the word limits and spell check
  • Take your time & plan – Don’t leave it until the last minute and get it in on time – the deadline is 5pm on Monday 27th November
  • Lastly, blow your own trumpet and shout loud and clear about your achievementsapplication forms are not the time for modesty, they’re a time to prove you’re the best!

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Open innovation: open for business and gaining momentum

jillian-moffatBy Jillian Moffat, Head of Open Innovation, Scottish Enterprise

What does ‘open innovation’ mean, exactly?

Henry Chesbrough, a professor at the Haas Business School, UC Berkeley, defines it as: “the use of purposive inflows and outflows of knowledge to accelerate internal innovation, and expand the markets for external use of innovation, respectively.” Continue reading

Ideas and inspiration from business collaborations

Ian at Scott's View


This month’s blog with an academic who has worked in partnership with business is by Dr Claire Seaman, Reader in Enterprise & Family Business at Queen Margaret University.

What inspired you to become an academic?

My masters research was collaborative, looking at the ways in which beef is produced and the impact of the production system on food quality – a debate that is still going on to this day, I might add! The research was collaborative between two universities and indeed farms run by families. Later, working with SMEs in the food industry, the family dimension became both important and very apparent and inspired both my research and knowledge exchange work with family businesses across Scotland. The idea that expertise from different academic disciplines and the business world could be combined to address real world challenges was something that interested me a great deal and prompted my decision to join a business school where multi-disciplinary activity is very much part of the regular job. Continue reading

Decluttering for a clearer picture


Siobhan JBy Siobhán Jordan, Director, Interface

Over the last few months, I embarked on a major decluttering of my home. What started as a simple “I need to paint the dining room” has in four months escalated to a complete makeover for each room with new paint on every wall and a decluttering of “stuff” that had lain dormant for many years. I can’t say that it was an easy process but now that it is completed the house has taken on a new persona – and easier to navigate! Continue reading

Carol-Ann flies the flag for I-N-T-E-R-F-A-C-E

Carol-Ann-Adams-webBy Carol-Ann, Business Engagement Executive at Interface

Just over a year ago, Carol-Ann Adams joined Interface as a Business Engagement Executive in the Highlands and Islands. Here she reflects on how the presentation she gave during her interview applies in her every day work, connecting businesses to the wealth of academic expertise across Scotland’s universities and research institutions… Continue reading

Dairy Blog – Wheying up Innovation in the Dairy Sector during These Difficult Times

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When I agreed to write a blog on dairy a couple of months ago, I wouldn’t have forecasted seeing a picture of cows being led through a supermarket as a protest against the average UK Gate farm price decreasing by a quarter to 24.06 pence per litre over twelve months. However, this is the point where I bow out and say, for further details on the current situation and for informed commentary and opinions, go to the various news sites and representative bodies. Continue reading