The University carries out certain parts of its activities via subsidiary companies.
As companies owned by a public authority, each subsidiary maintains a Publication Scheme, as required by section 23 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
At present, the University has ten subsidiaries. Nine of these are wholly-owned companies; only one is jointly-owned.
This company was established to manage the pre-award administration of the University's research activity and to effectively exploit the research base.
It provides research support services to University academics, manages consultancies, undertakes licensing and technology transfer, promotes the creation of spin-out and start-up companies, and supports the marketing and development of the Edinburgh Technopole.
This company operates as a seedcorn fund, providing early stage risk funding to support new technology projects arising out of the laboratories of a consortium comprising the University, Roslin Research Institute, Moredun Research Foundation, the UK Astronomy Technology Centre and the Edinburgh Station of the British Geological Survey.
This Company is jointly owned by the University and the City of Edinburgh Council.
Its activities are to provide rental accommodation for business incubation within the third and fourth floors of the Alrick Building; and to operate within the overall University strategy to promote and encourage technology transfer and commercialisation initiatives.
The company's fundamental objective is to publish books, journals and learning materials of the highest quality, endorsed by the University Press Committee and thereby enhance the reputation and prestige of the University and the wider scholarly community.
The Company has been established as a vehicle through which the University will undertake the financing, construction, and operation of the UK All-Waters Combined Current and Wave Test Facility at the UK Centre for Marine Energy, Edinburgh.
Research into Results' principal activity is the delivery of research and project management services in the area of international development.
SSTRIC Limited is a company limited by guarantee of the University of Edinburgh and is a delivery partner in the activities of the Scottish Microelectronics Centre.
The company acts as a vehicle for the commercial exploitation of the University's student accommodation properties, comprising in particular the Pollock Halls of Residence, but also various outlying properties around the city of Edinburgh, as appropriate.
The company was set up as a vehicle through which the University delivers a high-performance computing (HPC) service to the UK Research community and others. Delivery of these services is to be made in accordance with the terms of a Contract between the Company and the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
The company was established to install and operate Combined Heat and Power energy centres at various premises of the University as the opportunity arose. Strategically, it will assist the University to pursue its goal of sustainable and efficient use of energy.
This article was published on Jun 1, 2011