The Rivers and Lochs Institute, based at Inverness College UHI, the institute works to develop integrated, multidisciplinary research projects to more rapidly advance understanding of Scottish freshwater ecosystem and to research the nature and extent of freshwater biodiversity in lochs and rivers in Scotland. We work with local rivers trusts, fisheries boards, landowners, industry and the public sector to provide scientific support to managers to protect and conserve biodiversity conservation and ensure its exploitation is sustainable.
Genetic analysis of brown trout in Loch Laidon reveals the presence of three genetically distinct breeding populations Rivers and Lochs Institute involved in NASCO-EU funded SALSEA-MERGE project Shellfish Hatchery – Stepping Stone Project could lead to Scotland’s first commercial mussel hatchery. Funding has recently been approved for a trial to test the commercial viability of a mussel hatchery in Scotland. The main funders are currently Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC). The 30-month project could lead to higher productivity in the shellfish industry and support rural businesses and jobs.
Other key partners in the hatchery project include the Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group (SSMG), the University of the Highlands and Islands and the Scottish Government.
Shellfish production is a growing industry in Scotland, supporting over 500 jobs across the supply chain, many in rural areas. Mussel production in Scotland reached its highest-ever level in 2014, with Shetland accounting for almost 80% of production.
There is capacity and demand to raise production substantially, if the industry can address issues such as the availability of mussel spat (juvenile mussels). The establishment of a commercial hatchery to produce spat will help to resolve this issue, providing Scottish producers with a reliable supply of spat (and potentially other juvenile shellfish species).
How to apply
There is no national system for applying for postgraduate research study in the way that UCAS operates at undergraduate level.
Step 1: Make contact with relevant academic staff to consider your application in detail; to ensure you meet the entrance requirements; to develop a suitable research proposal, title and plan; assign a Director of Studies; establish an appropriate supervisory team; and discuss funding.
Here's a handy guide to writing a good research proposal.
Step 2: Complete an application form with your proposed Director of Studies.
Step 3: Your application will be submitted by the proposed Director of Studies to the university's Research Degrees Committee for approval.
Step 4: Approved applications are sent to the University of Aberdeen, our accrediting university for research degrees for final approval and registration.
Further information on all aspects of applying to study for a postgraduate research degree is available from the Graduate School. Please contact us if you cannot find the information you are looking for or would like to be put in contact with an academic within your area of study.
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Applicants should already have been offered a place at the University of the Highlands and Islands and should have firmly accepted that offer. Applicants who do not hold an offer of admission by the deadline will not be considered for the award.Criteria The bursary will be awarded on the basis of academic merit with due consideration also being given to financial circumstances.Selection Procedure A Selection Committee will meet in June 2016 to review the applications. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of June.
Value of Scholarship(s)
up to £4000
The bursaries will be awarded to applicants who are accepted for admission on either a one year full-time or two year part-time basis for a taught postgraduate programme of study at the University of the Highlands and Islands. To be eligible, applicants must;Be Scottish by birth OR Be of Scottish extraction (have at least one parent born in Scotland) OR Have received three full years of secondary, further and/or higher education in Scotland
A completed application form, together with the correct supporting documentation as outlined in Section D of the form, should be received by Michaela Gilmore by the closing date of 31st May 2016 in order to be considered for the award.
University of the Highlands and Islands Alumni Discount
No. of awards TBC
A 10% discount in tuition fee is available to degree graduates from the University of the Highlands and Islands on any of our taught postgraduate courses. The alumni discount applies only to the tuition fee element and does not apply to any additional costs which may be required to complete the course. The discount cannot be applied retrospectively and must be requested before or at the time of paying the first year fee.The alumni discount is not available in conjunction with any bursary or scholarship or combinable with any discounts from the university.
Value of Scholarship(s)
10% discount on tuition fees
Degree graduates from the University of the Highlands and Islands are eligible for 10% discount on the relevant tuition fee for any of our taught postgraduate courses.
Eligible degree alumni must request and have confirmation of the 10% tuition fee discount preferably during the admissions process, but certainly prior to payment of fees and/or enrolment.
Funding GuidesUniversity of the Highlands and Islands funding webpages - see link Prospects FindaPhD.com Target Postgrad Postgraduate Studentships database British Council Scholarships & GrantsCarnegie-Caledonian PhD Scholarships Commonwealth ScholarshipsThe Editex Thesis Write-up Scholarship provides financial assistance for one postgraduate student per year for a period of 12 weeks, to free them from other forms of employment and assist them to concentrate solely on the task of writing their thesis. For full eligibility criteria and details of the application process, visit Editex.The Presidents Fund provides grants of varying amounts to assist women in their final year of study for a degree (including postgraduate research) in a UK university. The awards are made to those who face unexpected financial hardship and are for the current study year, for courses of more than one year's duration. The Trustees of the Fund meet three times a year to consider applications; October, January and April. For further information or to request an application form please contact the Hon Secretary of the Fund Eileen Brownlie.Sponsorship from employers or other businesses Postgraduate sponsorship makes for well-qualified, enthusiastic, committed employees and as a result an increasing number of employers are willing to fund or contribute to the costs of a postgraduate qualification. Alternatively your employer may want to support your studies by providing other forms of help such as paid leave, money for research materials or help with tuition fees.Research Councils There are six Research Councils in the UK who offer awards for taught and research courses at Masters degree level and above. Amounts awarded vary, but all awards for UK students include tuition fees payable direct to the institution, plus a contribution towards maintenance, including travel, fieldwork and academic materials.Research Councils do not accept direct applications from individuals, and any awards available at the university will be advertised above.Funding for International students Scotland's Saltire Scholarships Study in Scotland European Funding Guide
Value of Scholarship(s)
Choosing to study for a postgraduate qualification is a big commitment. Help is available, through scholarships, bursaries and sponsorship. Explore possible funding options below.
Normally First class or 2:1 honours degree from UK university or equivalent, or approved research experience. We may also consider others with a master’s degree. Other requirements may be in place such as evidence of your spoken and written English with IELTS minimum scoring of 6.5 or equivalent.
In 2016/17 Full-time UK/EU science and arts subjects £4121, Non-EU arts £11490, Non-EU science £14445. Other fees may be levied.
Recipient: University of the Highlands and Islands
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