Partners & Stakeholders

A joined up and supportive community

The Easter Bush Campus acts as a hub of activity bringing together partners and other stakeholders within the region and beyond.

Exterior of The Roslin Institute

The Roslin Institute is a world class research centre and undertakes basic and translational science to tackle some of the most pressing issues in animal health and welfare, their implications for human health and for the role of animals in the food chain.

In 2007, The Roslin Institute merged with the University of Edinburgh to become the research arm of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. In 2011, the Institute moved into a new £60.6 million building on the Easter Bush Campus. 

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is a world leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical practice and aims to make a real difference through research, directly relevant to the improvement of health and welfare of domestic animal species and the protection of public health.

It was decided to move all teaching and learning activities to a new site at Easter Bush, where the School had already opened a Veterinary Field Station, consisting of the Hospital for Small Animals, Farm Animal Teaching Hospital, and several related practices. 

Atrium of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
The Dick Vet Teaching Building opened in 2011 and is located next to the Hospital for Small Animals and includes lecture theatres, a library, seminar rooms, teaching and research laboratories and diagnostic facilities.

Besides the obvious benefits of placing the School in immediately proximity to its training hospitals, the move permits it to train many more veterinary professionals and support new ways of learning through the development of new teaching areas and resources.

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has six campuses and delivers education, research and consultancy services in support of agriculture and the rural sector. 

The main SRUC research is based at The Roslin Institute and its themes are:

  • Future Farming Systems 
  • Crop and Soil Science 
  • Land Economy and the Environment 
  • Animal and Veterinary Science 

The SRUC employs over 100 researchers and has around £20 million in annual research income. 

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The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1583, is the sixth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland’s ancient universities and regarded as one of the most prestigious in the world.

Edinburgh’s position as one of Britain’s leading research universities has been reaffirmed by the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), which also placed the University as Scotland’s top-ranked research institution.

The University of Edinburgh is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top 50 universities. In 2015, the University was ranked 21st in the world in the QS World University Rankings. It is a member of both the Russell Group, and the League of European Research Universities. 

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The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Their aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

Funded by UK Government, and with an annual budget of £509 million (2014 - 2015), the BBSRC support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes.

The Roslin Institute receives strategic funding from the BBSRC for its research that underpins key sectors of the UK economy such as agriculture, bioenergy, biotechnology, food and drink and pharmaceuticals. 

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The devolved government for Scotland has a range of responsibilities whilst some powers are reserved to the UK government.

Science, technology and innovation are essential in increasing competitiveness and improving Scotland's economic performance in today's knowledge-based economy.

They are key drivers of Scotland's future economic success and quality of life and an important part of developing robust, evidence based policy across all of the Government's responsibilities.

The role of the Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland is to provide strong leadership on science in the Scottish Government; to further enhance Scotland's reputation as a science nation and to provide independent advice on science.

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Midlothian Council is a committed partner in the development of the Easter Bush Campus. The collective vision of an Easter Bush Campus is strongly supported by strong local partnership with Midlothian Council through the formation of the Easter Bush Development Board (EBDB).

The overall Masterplan has been approved and supported by the local Council and the Campus represents a strong part of the economic recovery plan for the local area.

The Council itself has an Animal Bioscience Sector Action Plan and has commissioned the Bush Framework Masterplan, in recognition of the need for a Campus Hub within the overall Campus. 

This is a two-way partnership and Easer Bush have supported the Council's £1.5 million bid to Government for local road infrastructure.

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Together with the Moredun Research Institute, located on the nearby Pentlands Science Park, these institutes form the Easter Bush Research Consortium (EBRC) which is one of the largest animal health research groups in the world working on the biology of companion and production animals with over 800 active scientists housed in state-of-the art facilities. 

The EBRC undertakes basic and translational science to tackle pressing issues in animal genetics and genomics, development, health and welfare and their implications for human health. 

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Roslin Technologies Ltd offers one of the world’s largest investment opportunities in research projects aimed at improving animal health and increasing agricultural productivity.

The University of Edinburgh has partnered with private equity advisor JB Equity, who are raising an initial £15 million to support the venture.

Roslin Technologies will offer opportunities for investors looking to capitalise on the growing demand for food and agricultural products.

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“The co-location of Roslin Technologies in the new Roslin Innovation Centre, currently under construction on the Easter Bush Campus, will provide unprecedented opportunities for researchers to access business and commercialisation expertise as well as funding.”

Hugh Edmiston, Director of Corporate Services at the University of Edinburgh