Media release: Event to explore collaborations between the region’s university and local businesses


HOW can local arts and creative industries benefit from closer links with the region’s university?

This will be the theme of an evening seminar presented by staff of the University of the Highlands and Islands and Inverness College UHI to explore the best way to foster future relations between the university and arts and creative industry businesses.

Mark Sheridan, reader in music and creativity at the University of the Highlands and Islands and chair of the university’s creative economy group, will chair the seminar entitled, ‘What can the University of the Highlands and Islands do for your business?’

He will be joined by Professor Keith McIntyre, academic lead developer in creative practice; Professor Chris O’Neil, principal of Inverness College UHI; and Stacey Toner and Darlene Russell of the university’s knowledge exchange creative economy hub. The team will give presentations on services the university can offer to the local economy and the benefits businesses can gain from closer links to the university.

Mark Sheridan said: “The arts and creative industries are a major driver in the economy of the Highlands and Islands and the university is keen to work with creative practitioners and businesses to nurture positive future partnerships. We are involving the local business and creative community in discussions on the best way to collaborate on new innovative ideas and projects to provide mutual benefits.”

The event follows on from a similar seminar in Shetland in October and will highlight the university’s previous work with creative economy-oriented businesses. There will be a session for questions with the presenters and Darlene Russell will speak about the funding potential for positive collaborations between the university and local businesses.

The free seminar will take place from 6pm on Thursday 15 November at Inverness College UHI. Refreshments will be available. For more information and to book places, please visit the university’s events page.


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