Royal visit celebrates Salvesen Mindroom Centre


HRH with Mig Coupe

The work of the new Salvesen Mindroom Centre was celebrated at a recent event attended by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh.

Around 140 guests attended on the day of the royal event including families directly affected by learning difficulties alongside representatives from research, education and health.   Organisations from across the public, private and third sector were represented.

The Salvesen Mindroom Centre combines research, assessment, recognition and education to support children, young people and families living with learning difficulties.

Funded by businessman and philanthropist Alastair Salvesen and his wife Elizabeth, the global centre of excellence launched in 2015 and is a collaboration between Mindroom, The University of Edinburgh and NHS Scotland. Researchers and clinicians from the University and NHS Scotland have been working together to improve diagnosis, assessment and treatment of all types of learning difficulties, integrating with Mindroom’s expanding programme of advice, information and outreach support for children and families.

The royal event was an excellent opportunity for staff from the centre to build links with new and existing partners and showcase the difference being made to the lives of children and young people and their families. The Princess Royal was shown around displays outlining the work of the centre and key projects that are underway. She took time to meet with all the families attending the event and talked to them about their experiences of learning difficulties and what the Salvesen Mindroom Centre means to them.

Christine Carlin, Chief Executive of Mindroom said
“The attendance of Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal, at this recent event is an excellent reinforcement of the importance of the work of Salvesen Mindroom Centre. The event was a milestone in marking what we have already achieved and in building even stronger partnerships for the future. With five children in every classroom in Scotland affected by learning difficulties, cementing relationships between experts in research, treatment and outreach support is essential for us to achieve our ambition of ‘no mind left behind’ ensuring every child and young person can achieve their full potential in life unhindered by learning difficulties.”

To find out more about the Salvesen Mindroom Centre, visit

HRH Princess Anne

Photographs courtesy of the Royal Family.