Key role of universities set out in the Scottish National Innovation Strategy

Universities Scotland welcome the publication of the Scottish National Innovation Strategy by the Scottish Government. The strategy has been co-produced with partners across our country and overseen by a Steering Group co-chaired between Scottish Ministers and Sir Jim McDonald, Principal of the University of Strathclyde.

The Strategy recognises the key role of universities in making Scotland one of the most innovative small nations in the world.

Universities Scotland Director, Alastair Sim has commented on the Strategy saying:

“We fully support the ambition in this strategy and share the excitement at the opportunities it intends to harness for Scotland’s economy and people. The strategy is very clear about the central role that universities will have in supporting Scotland to become a world-leading innovation nation. We welcome the report’s creative thoughts on how to enable universities and other key innovation stakeholders to scale the impact of this contribution. It is also helpful that the report recognises the importance of global connections for any successful innovation strategy. Whilst the report identifies a select number of themed priorities for innovation, we welcome the fact it also calls for Scotland to remain agile and open to further opportunities to maximise the economic benefit.”