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.


SUII Occasional Papers

We will be publishing a series of occasional papers aimed at sharing the outcomes of our programmes more widely. The first of these, on the topic of Wellbeing, is now available:

Occasional Paper 1: Understanding, Measuring and Promoting Wellbeing.

Further details of the Wellbeing programme which inspired this paper can be found here:



Equality Call: New Programmes Announced

Three new programmes have been awarded funding as part of our 2014 Call on Increasing Equality and Realising Human Potential in Post Referendum Scotland. You can read more about the programmes and upcoming events below:

Children and Young People's views of Poverty and Inequality

The Pinkie Resilience Project

Financing the Future: Achieving Sustainability in Credit Unions


Open Call for Proposals

The deadline for Expressions of Interest for the current Call for Proposals has now passed. Full applications should be submitted by 15 May and successful programmes will be notified in July.

The next Call will be announced following the summer. Full details will be available on the Call for Proposals page



New Programme Reports Available

In 2013 we funded 3 programmes around making systemic reform and investment in public policy and practice to increase wellbeing and reduce inequality. The final reports for these programmes are now available to download:

Children's Rights

Memory Friendly Neighbourhoods

Solar Energy



Financing the Future: Achieving Sustainable Growth in Credit Unions

The first workshop in the series of programmes relating to Credit Unions will take place in the Insight Institute on Friday 17th April 2015.  Registration is now OPEN.  

For more information about the series, visit the Credit Unions webpage.


Exploring Access to Mental Health Care Services for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Patients

Two seminars will be held, Glasgow 9th April and Edinburgh 10th April, bringing together mental health practitioners, interpreters, health care administrators, policy makers and academics.  For more information and to register visit the programme website.


Wellbeing Exhibition @ Scottish Parliament

The outcomes of our Wellbeing Programme were presented by way of an exhibition at the Scottish Parliament in February, aimed at MSPs and Government officials. The exhibition included posters representing each of the 6 programmes as well as a 3D wellbeing tree (pictured below). MSPs were invited to add their own reflection on wellbeing to the tree. All materials were designed and produced by the Glasgow School of Art.


Wellbeing Final Conference

On 3rd November we held a conference at the Scottish Parliament to bring together the findings of the 6 programmes funded under our Wellbeing programme. The day included key note speeches from Sir John Elvidge of Carnegie UK Trust and Enrico Giovannini, former head of statistics at OECD.