Funding for aquaculture degrees will support Scottish commercial success28th April 2015

Funding for aquaculture degrees will support Scottish commercial successPhoto: University of Dundee

In late 2014 the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre gained funding for 25 new taught Masters places in aquaculture in Scotland. The Masters courses, at the Universities of Stirling and Dundee, will focus on industry-relevant knowledge and skills.

By providing business-focused training to aquaculture students in Scotland, these courses will help to develop an industry that already contributes as much as £1.4 bn annually to the Scottish economy. They will also boost graduates’ employment prospects.

The £295,000 grant awarded by the Scottish Funding Council is funding the SAIC Scholars Connect Plus programme. This is a new initiative that will award 25 fully-funded taught Masters places in aquaculture and marine engineering taught Masters courses at the Universities of Dundee and Stirling for the academic year 2015/2016.

As well as enjoying fully-funded places, the 25 SAIC Scholars will benefit from connections to industry, and their project work will align with one of SAIC’s four Priority Innovation Actions: sea lice control research; rapid detection of viral pathogens; alternative sustainable feeds for finfish; and shellfish.

In addition to boosting the SAIC Scholars’ employability, we’re helping the aquaculture industry in Scotland to benefit from the input of talented students. Everyone gains.


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