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More funds for university hopeful

Diabetics research at UHI
UHI is involved in research into diabetes

A higher education institution pushing for university status has seen its funding from government increase by 4.1% to more than £23m.

UHI - the prospective University of the Highlands and Islands - has been given the award by the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council (SFC).

The council has announced a total investment of £1.14bn in universities.

However, UHI along with six universities have seen the amount specifically allocated to research cut.

Money for 2009-10 has been awarded from two different pots - the General Fund in support of teaching and research and the Horizon Fund.

New campus

In terms of research, Dundee, Edinburgh College of Art, Glasgow Caledonian, Stirling, Strathclyde, Queen Margaret and UHI have received less than they did for 2008-09.

Aberdeen, Abertay, Edinburgh and Glasgow universities were among those to see the research element of their funding increase.

The investment has Scotland-wide implications.

In Dumfries there is a campus of the universities of Glasgow and West of Scotland, while in the Borders there is a campus of Heriot-Watt.

UHI, which is involved in research into diabetes, covers the Highlands, Western Isles and Northern Isles.

The institution had hoped to achieve university status in 2007 - Scotland's Year of Highland Culture.

Meanwhile, a site at Beechwood on the eastern edge of Inverness has been indentified for a new campus.

SFC said the overall investment of £1.14bn included £77m of capital funding and £25.3m of ring-fenced grants allocated from the Scottish Government.

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