The Scottish Life Sciences Awards recognise the success and achievements of Scotland’s internationally-renowned life sciences sector in areas including innovation, investment, community engagement and collaboration. The awards also focus on the ongoing work of Scottish Enterprise and its partners to grow and develop a sustainable, globally competitive life sciences sector in Scotland.
The Easter Bush Campus was awarded the 2015 Community Engagement prize in recognition of the valuable work carried out by both staff and students in the local communities.
The Campus was shortlisted along with Forth Valley College and GSK Montrose for this award.
Staff and students at The Easter Bush Campus have developed an extensive and varied programme of public engagement and outreach events including the Campus Open Day as part of the Midlothian Science Festival, school visits and activities on Campus such as the innovative work experience programme “Science Insights” and the “Hands-On Pathology – Understanding Disease” event.
The award also recognised the work carried out by clinical staff and students who provide advice and a basic veterinary service across a number of Edinburgh housing associations, including the student-led veterinary care provided to the homeless in the area.
As one of the major employers in Midlothian, The Easter Bush Campus is also participating in schemes that promote employment in the area and in aspiration-raising projects such as Career Ready, a 2 year mentoring scheme for 4th/5th year high school students in the local area.
Professor David Argyle, Head of The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, said: “Our relationship with the local community is very important to us and we are delighted to receive this award in recognition of our commitment and our engagement locally. Winning this award is due to outstanding work and dedication by our staff across a great many initiatives and I am very pleased that this award has highlighted this aspect of our work with the community.”
Val White, said: “As the Campus grows, we look forward to furthering our links with local businesses and Midlothian Council to support and expand our interactions with local communities.”
Source: The Roslin Institute