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RES and UHI partner to empower next generation of students 

by Jonathan Swift | Feb 01, 2024 | Reading time: 3 min

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RES, a British business and the world’s largest independent renewable energy company, has partnered with the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) to support a minimum of 60 students through their Student Development Fund.  

Created with the aim of helping UHI’s students to further their personal development, the fund empowers them to gain new skills, raising their aspirations, whilst also helping to build their confidence. It does this by providing financial support to students to overcome barriers to participate in learning opportunities and extra-curricular activities. RES has pledged a total of £60,000 to UHI’s Student Development Fund over the course of the next three years, providing the students of UHI with the best possible opportunity to maximise their talents and future careers. 

As the renewables industry continues to grow, particularly in the Highlands and Islands, the industry will require talented individuals with transferrable skills, from a variety of diverse backgrounds to enter the workforce. The growing industry will also support the wider regional economy and the jobs associated with it. The Student Development Fund, supported by RES, will therefore be open to all UHI students, studying any course, across all its campuses.  

Graeme Kerr, Development Project Manager at RES, said: “UHI serves an area and population at the very heart of the ever-growing renewable energy industry. This exciting and dynamic industry will not only provide direct jobs in the Highlands and Islands, Moray and Perthshire, but will also support a wider network of in-direct jobs across the economy.  

“We’re thrilled to support the Student Development Fund, helping to equip UHI students with the skills to maximise their talents and giving them the best chance to fulfil their potential, whichever career they decide to pursue.” 

Alison Wilson, Director of Economic Development and Advancement at UHI, added: “RES’ partnership with UHI is a welcome collaboration with the private sector. We can’t thank RES enough for their support, as without it, we simply would not be able to provide the Student Development Fund. Last year, due to a lack of funding, we sadly had to close the fund for the first time since it was established back in 2009. We are delighted that we can now open it again, enabling our students to access unique learning experiences during their studies with UHI.  

“This funding will ensure our students feel supported, encouraged, and motivated to succeed, and we hope it will inspire them to progress their future careers right here in the Highlands and Islands, Moray and Perthshire.” 

The Student Development Fund opens in February 2024 and the deadline for applications is 30 April 2024. A shortlisting process and award panel meeting will take place in May with successful applicants informed thereafter. 

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Notes to editors: 

The UHI Student Development Fund has been enabling UHI’s unique student body to build new skills and expand their horizons since 2009. To date, it has helped over 650 students. The fund allows students to apply for awards (up to a value of £1,000) for support with specific aspects of their studies, which they would otherwise be unable to participate in or would struggle to access. It helps talented students overcome financial barriers to participate in learning opportunities and extra-curricular activities that support their development, increase their confidence, and raise their aspirations.  

About RES 

RES is the world’s largest independent renewable energy company and is active in onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage, green hydrogen, transmission and distribution. As an industry innovator for over 40 years, RES has delivered more than 23GW of renewable energy projects across the globe and supports an operational asset portfolio exceeding 12GW worldwide for a large client base. Understanding the unique needs of corporate clients, RES has secured over 1.5GW of corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) enabling access to energy at the lowest cost. RES employs over 2,500 passionate people and is active in 14 countries. Visit www.res-group.com 

About UHI 

UHI is a tertiary partnership serving our communities and connected to their needs. We offer flexible and supported learning from access level to PhD, as well as research opportunities rooted in place and purpose. The diversity and flexibility of our partnership is our greatest strength, allowing us to deliver more.   

CONTACT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:  

Callum Whiteford 

RES Press Office 

07500 937 925 

[email protected] 

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