Latest News From ERI
French Research Students At
ERI Visit Dounreay
13 December 2002
Staff and Students from the UHI Environmental
Research Institute (ERI) in Castle Street,Thurso visited Dounreay on
Thursday 5th December and were given a tour of the site and visited
various facilities within the Fuel Cycle Area. Dounreay has a
strong relationship with the ERI and continues to host regular visits
for their French student programme.
ERI Receives Top Award for
Staff & Students At Cheque Handover by Dounreay
When did the ERI open?
The ERI was officially opened on 9 May 2000 by Jamie Stone MSP.
Facilities at the ERI currently include:
- General/chemistry laboratory
- Instrument Laboratory (equipped with GC, HPLC, IC,
AAS, FT-IR, SPM etc)
- Project labs equipped with a range of surface analysis
and microscopy iinstrumentation
- Computer and information technology suite
- Video conferencing suite
- Full internet, local and wider area network (LAN, WAN)
The ERI as an
At the ERI we are capable of delivering a range of educational
services, addressing the needs of primary, secondary, further and higher
education. In addition the ERI will be able to compliment and
extend the delivery of existing community educational services.
For further information on activities and opportunities pleas contact -
Dr Stuart Gibb at ERI Tel +44(0)1847 889 581
Rosemary Thompson at the North Highland College, Ormlie Road, thurso.,
Tel +44(0)1847 889 204
Castle Street, Thurso,
Caithness, Scotland, KW14 7JD Map
Tel +44(0) 1847 889589
Tel +44(0) 1847 889581
Fax +44(0) 1847 890014
What Is The
Environmental Research Institute?
The ERI is a multifunctional facility capable of undertaking
research activities, delivering educational services and acting as a
field unit and conference centre. The ERI is based in a
sympathetically restored Victorian school (a "B" listed
building) in the centre of Thurso - the former West Public School.
How Was the ERI Funded?
This exciting development has been achieved through the formation of
a partnership between North Highland College, the University of the
Highlands (UHI) project, Caithness & Sutherland enterprise, and
UKAEA, Dounreay. This partnership has been successful in
attracting significant fundiong from the European Regional Development
Fund and the Millenniun Commission.
What is the Mission of
....to address the educational, economic, social and cultural needs
and aspirations of the region through undertaking high quality research
and educational activities.
The ERI as a research
The ERI is a multifunctional facility able to accommodate and
undertake a broad spectrum of research activities. However, key
action areas will initially reflect those of the UHI and include
Pollution and Waste Control, alternative Energy, Agriculture, Forestry
and Fisheries, Natural Products, Marine Systems, Mountain Environments
and Ecosystems, Biotechnology etc.
Other roles of ERI
Whilst research and education are primary functions of the ERI, its
flexible design means that it can also function effectively as:-
- a field centre - providing unrivalled access to the unique
environments of Caithness and its surrounds combined with access to
research and communication facilities -
- a conference, training and meeting facility.
- A community facility