a development from the institute for advanced studies





What we do

The Scottish Universities Insight Institute supports programmes of knowledge exchange which address and provide insight on substantial issues that face Scotland and the wider world.

Our programmes break down disciplinary and organisational barriers in bringing together academics from different backgrounds, policymakers and practitioners.

We mobilise existing knowledge in fresh ways through sustained and collaborative focus on a shared issue and aim to support decision makers in all sectors of society in being better informed.

Our partner universities are:  Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Heriot Watt, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde, and Associate Member Glasgow School of Art.



*New programmes for 2016*

We're pleased to announce that 5 programmes have been selected as part of our Call on Fostering Cultures of Innovation (autumn 2015). The successful programmes address a range of topics related to innovation including health, economics, sustainability and the workplace:

Analysing and assessing the economics of community landownership
Adoption of stroke rehabilitation technologies by the user community
Progressive and creative practice for workplace innovation
The circular economy in the Scottish bioeconomy
Transformative innovation in health and social care

Events will be getting underway in the next few months. Keep an eye on the website to find out what's happening:



NEW! Call for Proposals

A new call for proposals has been launched for applications to our Knowledge Exchange Fund. This round will be an open call and the deadline for full applications is 13 May 2016. Our next themed call will be announced in autumn 2016.

Come along to an information session at our member universities around Scotland to find out more.

Full details of the current call are available here: 



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Progressing Scottish Justice and the problem of 'others'

Registration is now open for the second event in the series entitled 'Creating Spaces for Change: towards more humane, participatory and effective responses to offending behaviour'. The event will take place on Tuesday 15 March, 2-8pm, in Dovecot Studios, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT. Advance registration is required. Download a flyer for more information.


Problems and Solutions in Food Security: from Surf to Turf

Registration is open for the third event in the series which will take place on Thursday 18 February 2016 in the Scottish Universities Insight Institute. For more information and to register, visit the programme webpage.

Watch a short video of reflections from speakers and participants who attended the first Food Security seminar at Stirling University.



Therapeutic and arts based approaches with children and young people who have experienced neglect

The next event in the series under the programme 'Child Neglect, Wellbeing and Resilience: Adopting an Arts-based Approach', will take place in the Macrobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling, on Tuesday 16 February 2016. For more information, visit the programme webpage

This event is now FULLY BOOKED.