The Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP, visited the GSA’s Highlands and Islands Creative Campus on the Altyre Estate near Forres today, 14 February 2017. The campus was officially opened last month and the visit offered Mr Swinney the opportunity to see the state of the art premises and to learn more about the work being undertaken there by the GSA’s Institute of Design Innovation (InDI).
Mr Swinney was taken round the campus by Professor Irene McAra-McWilliam OBE, Deputy Director (Innovation) of the GSA and Director of the Highlands and Islands Creative Campus and Dr Gordon Hush, Acting Director of InDI.
Mr Swinney had launched the Institute of Design Innovation, one of the GSA’s major research centres, in 2013. The visit enabled him to see how InDI had developed over the years.
Mr Swinney said:
The Glasgow School of Art Highlands and Islands Creative Campus is a wonderful showcase of the research and innovation for which Scotland is globally renowned. I was particularly struck by the work being undertaken at the Institute of Design Innovation, which has the potential to make a real and positive difference to people's lives.
I was also impressed by the superb state-of-the-art facilities which are home to high quality learning for students and researchers here in Moray and across the North of Scotland.for students and researchers here in Moray and across the North of Scotland."
Among the projects presented to Mr Swinney was Experience Lab work being carried out by GSA Research Fellow, Dr Tara French, looking at how design can help support initiatives to increase the uptake of breastfeeding in Scotland. Dr French’s Experience Lab research is one of the key projects being delivered as part of the GSA’s contribution to the Digital Health and Care Institute.
Also presented to Mr Swinney was Prosthetic Greaves. Working with local makers from Moray and people with lower limb prosthetics, the project explores the emotional value of different aesthetics for prostheses. The local makers will partner with the participants to develop a series of personalised greaves (covers for prosthetic limbs).
“We are delighted that the Deputy First Minister was able to join us today to see our new state of the art premises and learn more about the work that the GSA is undertaking in the Highlands and Islands,”
said Professor Irene McAra-McWilliam. “Mr Swinney launched our Institute of Design Innovation four years ago, so it was a particular pleasure to be able to show him how much it has developed over the years both in terms of the range of research being undertaken and our partnerships with businesses, communities and academic institutions at home and abroad.”
Mr Swinney was joined on the visit by Mr Richard Lochhead, MSP for Moray.
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