Case Studies

The HI Links team assisted many companies to work on collaborative development projects with academic experts. This ranged from:

  • Access to specialist resources and equipment
  • Individual consultancy with an academic expert
  • Licensing agreements, intellectual property agreements, royalties and revenue agreements
  • Contract R&D with an academic partner institution - results of R&D are used to the benefit the business
  • Joint projects
  • Student Projects

The case studies below provide an insight into how HI Links helped facilitate knowledge exchange between small businesses and Scotland's universities, colleges and research institutes.

Bruichladdich

Bruichladdich case studyA HI Links Feasibility Study – Bruichladdich, Isle of Islay in partnership with the Agronomy Institute, Orkney College UHI are looking to develop a specialist whisky from Bere barley, an old variety that was brought to the Hebrides by the Vikings in the ninth century and has been grown in Orkney and other parts of northern Scotland for hundreds of years …

Galson Estate Trust

Galson Estate case studyA HI Links Feasibility Study – Galson EstateTrust (Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn, North West Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, in partnership with Lews Castle College UHI are investigating ways to generate increased tourism for the area and to explore community ownership and interaction as a sustainable tool for local development …

Orkney Ferries

Orkney Ferries case studyA collaborative project between local SME Orkney Ferries and The Centre for Nordic Studies at Orkney College, UHI to develop a DVD of the heritage of Orkney for the waiting rooms at ferry ports so that visitors have a better tourism experience. Tourists often come off a ferry with no idea of the cultural context in which they find themselves or indeed of what they are looking at …

Dan Medical

Dan medical case studyThrough UHI HI Links, Dan Medical Ltd were able to identify and access the expertise they were looking for to drive their business forward. Having signed a licensing agreement with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Glasgow, Dan Medical Ltd, a computer based medical equipment developer in Inverness, has been able to bring a product to market that uses cutting edge diagnostic software developed by senior academics …

GlycoMar

GlycoMar case studyGlycoMar Feasibility study - GlycoMar conducted a feasibility study with Professor Ian Megson, the UHI Lifescan chair in diabetes at the Inverness-based Department of Diabetes, UHI Millennium Institute. The study was to evaluate the potential of GlycoMar ’s products to treat the inflammatory aspects of diabetes by identifying active compounds that can then be progressed to pre-clinical and early clinical trials …

PURE Energy Centre

PURE Energy case studyA HI Links Feasibility Study – PURE Energy Centre Ltd (PEC), a renewable energy company based in Unst, Britain’s most northerly Island, in partnership with the NAFC Marine Centre UHI, is pioneering research into creating the UK ’s first hydrogen powered boat. It is hoped that this project will address some of the environmental issues associated with the marine transport sector which currently contributes significantly to global emissions …

Copernicus Technologies

Copernicus technology case studyCopernicus Technology Ltd provide products and services to clients, primarily in the aerospace industry, to enable them to maintain the 'System Integrity' of their electrical and electronic equipment and systems. For electrical and electronic systems, their System Integrity begins to degrade through intermittent faults, which become increasingly regular. These faults are difficult to replicate, difficult to detect and …

William Shearer

William Shearer case studyDuring 2010 an exciting project was undertaken by the Agronomy institute, Orkney College UHI in collaboration with William Shearer, Agricultural Seeds & General Merchants, Orkney to identify early maturing north European varieties of barley, wheat and oats potentially suitable for growing in the north of Scotland. Winter cereal varieties survive poorly in Orkney, so growers depend on spring varieties …

Colonsay Marketing Group

Colonsay case studyFollowing on from a successful previous event, Professor John Lennon, Moffat Centre and Stewart Bell, Edinburgh Napier, the HI Links team was able to assist Stewart to return to the island in February 2011 to host a two-day eTourism workshop for the Colonsay Tourist Marketing Group. The purpose of the workshop centred on enabling the group to review current practices and to develop a more strategic approach to attracting new …

Highland Park

Highland Parky case studyIn 2009 The Agronomy Institute UHI and world famous distillers, Highland Park, collaborated on a project to investigate the potential for growing malting barley in Orkney. Local farmers had previously attempted to grow the barley but had been unsuccessful. Given the scale of opportunity the distillery presented for local agriculture the Orkney based Agronomy Institute, part of Orkney College UHI, was appointed …