Investment in animal science research
The Roslin Institute will receive £10 million capital funding to support the development of an international livestock improvement centre.
Cabinet Secretary for Education Michael Russell today confirmed the additional investment in The Roslin Institute, part of the University of Edinburgh and strategically supported by the BBSRC, will help deliver a world leading campus for livestock improvement and animal health.
Scotland has great strength and expertise across many research fields and the Roslin Institute is leading the way in the animal health sector. We want to build on existing excellence to develop our reputation in research and maximise the benefits for our economy.
By investing in our research and development capacity, we will help sustain and improve Scotland's livestock industry while leading efforts to relieve poverty in developing countries. It will position Scotland at the forefront of animal science research across the globe.
Attracting capital funding for new infrastructure and creating employment opportunities in Midlothian is a key objective of the Easter Bush Research Consortium, of which the Roslin Institute is a part. This investment should benefit all members of the Consortium and will help to create a fantastic resource for Scotland and the world.
This investment complements the current development of the National Avian Research Facility at Easter Bush and will help to keep Scotland at the forefront of Livestock research internationally.
The support from the Scottish Government provides a wonderful opportunity for the University to enhance its research excellence in animal biosciences and food security. This additional resource on the Easter Bush Campus will allow the Roslin Institute to continue to provide solutions to global challenges within the livestock industry.
In his statement to Parliament on December 19, Finance Secretary John Swinney confirmed additional funding of nearly £20 million for a variety of further and higher education projects, including the Roslin Institute.