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:  Dundee, Edinburgh, Heriot Watt, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde, and Associate Member Glasgow School of Art.


Fostering Cultures of Innovation

The theme of Fostering Cultures of Innovation, launched in Autumn 2015, was developed in interesting and diverse ways by programme teams.  The following Reports are now available to download:


Autumn 2016 call - Learning from other places

The SUII autumn call will focus on the theme of Learning from Other Places. Proposals are invited to address knowledge exchange between places, as well as across disciplines and between academic and non-academic communities.The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 21 October. Full details can be found here


SUII impact programme

A new project is underway to better understand how knowledge exchange projects such as those sponsored by SUII can help contribute to public policy and practice, with the aim of increasing the impact of academic work on policy and practice and associated outcomes. The main output from the project will be an online compendium of lessons, ideas and recommendations for increasing the effectiveness of knowledge exchange in SUII type projects and hence the impact of associated research.

Get full details of the project here.



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Progressive and Creative Practice for Workplace Innovation - Implications for Policy

Registration is now open for the third event in the series which will take place on Wednesday 7 December 2016 in The Lighthouse, Glasgow.  For more information, visit the programme webpage.


The Circular Economy in the Scottish Bioeconomy

The fourth workshop in the series, Building Bio-economy Partnerships, will take place on 15 December 2016 in the Technology and Innovation Centre, Level 9, University of Strathclyde.  More information and to register.


Community Credit Unions and Payroll Deductions

Dr Robbie Mochrie & Dr Kathryn Waite at a breakfast briefing held in Glasgow City Chambers on 20 October 2016 - International Credit Union Day. 

Community Credit Unions and Payroll Deductions: A Report on a Field Trial