A: To combat our natural Scottish modesty and raise the profile of the world leading energy research being undertaken across the UHI partnership.
A: The development of a web portal which showcases the excellent energy research being spearheaded by our partners and places it within the wider context of Scottish research.
A: A desire to be involved with a unique organisation at a time of unparalleled opportunities and interesting challenges and to play a part in securing a healthy energy future for Scotland.
A: ERG has time and resources to commit to supporting our partners in their pursuit of opportunities that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to.
A: The cuts in research funding and the slowdown in business sponsored R&D will undoubtedly result in challenges and a refocusing of aspirations. That the best performers in times of economic uncertainty have used research and innovation as a springboard to future prosperity is becoming more widely accepted and may turn this challenge into an opportunity.
A: It has been fantastic visiting the various partners and learning about their research, and getting caught up in their obvious enthusiasm for their particular subject. My particular favourite, mainly because it was completely new to me, were the activities in Marine Archaeology relating to Environmental Impact Assessments being pursued at Orkney College.
A: At present, given the nature of the funding cycle, ERG is reacting to opportunities. ERG will have to move to pre-empt and eventually shape future opportunities which requires the further development of the relationship with key decision makers and industry representatives.
A: I see three key markers of success: