Increasing innovation and skills in Scotland

Collaborate to Innovate

FUTUREquipped brought together colleges, Scotland's innovation centres and industry to explore ways all three can work more closely together to drive innovation in Scotland.

The project harnessed innovation from three traditionally unconnected sectors: health & care, construction and ICT and produced a series of micro-learning modules to allow colleges to continue to explore the interdisciplinary learning derived from this project.

The problem the project turned its focus to:

Making homes work for the elderly. How do we support people to live longer and more independently in their own homes?

Everybody has a state of health and everybody lives in a built environment. And most certain of all - we all age.

The project focuses on smart technologies in the home for an aging population.

The solution

Norscot joined the FUTUREquipped project to work with BE-ST, North Highland College and University of the Highlands and Islands and Glasgow City College to create a Smart Homes App for an ageing population. Over 85s have a winter mortality index of 23%, so Norscot developed an app that would visualise, recommend and control home temperature and air quality. With this, the elderly and vulnerable could maintain healthier living conditions.

The project involved :
• an explorative literature review to support proof-ofconcept;
• extensive collaboration between college staff, Norscot and the FEq project team; and
• provision of app development, consultancy from City of Glasgow College.



of participating students gained their first opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary learning.



net increase in lecturers’ perceived ability to design their curriculum in response to industry needs,



students engaged in learning experiences relating to smart housing, future skills, innovation and person-centric design.

Read the report

Access to all of the learning outputs:



Health and Care


FUTUREquipped was funded by Scottish Funding Council and led by two of the eight Innovation Centres - ourselves and Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI) with contributions from DataLab, CENSIS and industry.