City region deal project information

Science Skills Academy (Pan Highland)

The Science Skills Academy (SSA) will transform the uptake of Science Technology Engineering Maths and Digital subjects in schools.  It will increase the proportion of local young people who are able to take advantage of the growing opportunities in life sciences, renewable energy and digital technologies. 


The hub will deliver strategy, development and maintain an overview of quality and best practice.

Newton Rooms

These will be dispersed throughout the Highlands and will deliver high quality, hands on science based activities.  At each Newton Room there will be local partnerships formed to make sure that community involvement and local requirements are prioritised within the framework of the SSA.

Latest Position

The business case for the SSA as part of the Inverness and Highland City - Region Deal  (CRD) has been accepted by  the Scottish Government and signed off on 30 January 2017. £3M is available to fund a coordinating the hub and Newton Rooms in the Highland Council area. It has been agreed that the first two Netwon Rooms will be in Lochaber and Caithness .  A project manager has been appointed who is progressing the development of the Newton Rooms and procuring supporting activity

Deal Funding  £3m Scottish Government
Project Lead  Andrew Johnston (Highlands and Islands Enterprise)

Business Case - Science Skills Academy

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