Media release: University announces latest seminar series


COULD the popularity of the North Coast 500 route pose a threat to the environment? What can Gaelic offer to the world of business? These are just some of the topics which will be discussed at a free public seminar series taking place in Inverness over the winter months.

Organised by the University of the Highlands and Islands, the business lunch series will feature a range of local experts who will provide an insight into their careers and industries.

Billy Jack, from SSE, will talk about building hydro and wind farms in scenic locations; novelist, Mason Cross, will explore what it takes to be a successful author and Professor Stuart Gibb from North Highland College UHI’s Environmental Research Institute will discuss what might be lurking in our water supplies.

Other speakers include entrepreneur, Seonaidh MacDonald, who will consider the relevance of Gaelic in business, Douglas Gibson of Visit Wester Ross who will talk about the impact of the North Coast 500 on the Wester Ross Biosphere and the university’s Professor Angus Jamieson who will speak about the drilling of a relief well at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster.

Eddie Cochrane, a former Royal Air Force officer from Fife, meanwhile, will provide an insight into his time with the defence attaché office in the British Embassy in Poland during the Cold War era.

Gary I Campbell, the university’s key account director, said: “This is a continuation of the events series that we’ve held over the past five years where we not only explore topics that are relevant to our students, but offer a chance for the wider community to visit our new premises at Inverness Campus. There is also a real benefit to our staff and students as they have a chance to network with our guests and attendees from other organisations in the area.”

The University of the Highlands and Islands’ Business Lunch series will take at the An Lòchran building on Inverness Campus from Thursday 26 October to Thursday 7 December.

The sessions will run from 12.30pm to 1.30pm and can also be attended by video conference. To book your free place and find out more, visit


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