The long-term sustainability of aquaculture in Scotland depends on having the right people with the right skills in the right places. We’re helping to get them there

One of the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre’s objectives is to develop the talent on which a successful aquaculture industry depends. Education should not stop on the day that people graduate.

We’re currently asking the industry what they need; and scanning the horizon to determine the skills, knowledge exchange and training that will make Scottish aquaculture sustainable for many decades to come.

The gaps we identify and the skills development we pursue could extend right through from university courses to practical skills such as boat handling, health and safety at sea, and fish husbandry. Come back to our website regularly to read updates on new courses and knowledge exchange programmes.

The SAIC Scholars Connect Plus programme

For the 2017/18 academic year, SAIC has gained funding from the Scottish Funding Council for 25 additional places on aquaculture and marine engineering taught Masters courses at the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Herriot-Watt and Stirling.

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.

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

The SAIC Scholars places are open to Scottish/EU students on selected taught MSc courses provided by the Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling, and by the School of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics at the University of Dundee.
For more information, contact us.

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