Inverness Campus, which opened in May 2015, is the most significant development to be undertaken by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), and perhaps one of the most ambitious projects currently underway in Scotland. Demonstrating this, the Campus Partnership Forum is chaired by Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, John Swinney. The project aims to deliver an outstanding location for enterprise, education, and research, including a state-of-the-art campus for the University of the Highlands and Islands. Key to this is encouraging and enabling collaboration.
The Campus occupies 215 acres of land to the east of Inverness, connected to 80 acres of an already thriving life sciences hub around Raigmore Hospital. This regionally significant Investment led by HIE is a collaboration by the public, private, education and health sectors to secure inward investment and inclusive economic growth. The Campus has a focus on developing the Highlands’ Life sciences sector and its local, national and international links, and providing a knowledge intensive, creative and collaborative environment.
Inverness Campus is not only important for the Inner Moray Firth and the Highlands and Islands, it has a substantial contribution to make to Scotland’s economic performance. It has a UK and international significance as a location for health, education and economic and community development.
There has been a good deal of progress to date on site – over £100m has been invested, and the project partners are now looking to take stock of the project, and ensure that the future development of the Campus is carefully aligned with need and opportunity.
HIE have appointed ekosgen to carry out an interim evaluation of the Campus to assess its progress and achievements to date. Our research will determine whether the activity to date has delivered as intended, and if the planned programme of work and direction is right, or if it should be reviewed and adapted in order to achieve the high level outcomes. We will also identify what it is about the Campus that has contributed to its achievements, the extent to which the impacts can be attributed to the Campus and any factors that have worked against these achievements.
Our team is looking forward to doing this work over the coming months, and informing the on-going development of the Campus