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 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


Call for Proposals Now Open!

A new Call for Proposals for Knowledge Exchange programmes is now open. Please register your interest by 27 March. The deadline for full applications is 15 May.

Presentation slides from our recent information sessions are available here


Case Study Booklet

 This booklet contains a selection of case studies from programmes funded in 2012/13 which illustrate the type and range of work supported by SUII. The programmes featured include work on human trafficking, physical activity among children, employee and community ownership and child death reviews.


You can also download an evaluation of all the programmes we funded up to 2013 HERE


New SUII blog - Insight!

Check out our new blog Insight for news, outcomes and insights from our programmes. In the first post, Charlie Woods tells us why wellbeing is no laughing matter:




Wellbeing Exhibition in Scottish Parliament

Following on from our series of events on the theme of Wellbeing, the Scottish Parliament will host an exhibition from 24 - 26 February 2015 showcasing the work of our Programme Teams.


Seannachies Events

The Seanachies team have organised two events during March 2015 to which you are invited:

13 March: 12noon-5pm 'COLLIDER' In conjunction with Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh, the event will bring together key stakeholders from the Seannachies network to participate in a workshop framed by three 'lightening talks'.

18 March: 6pm for a 7pm performance  'BROTH'. The Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR An evening of video and performance.  The event will end at approximately 9pm.

For more information about both events, visit the Seannachies webpage.


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 event was attended by programme teams as well as members of our wider steering group from civil society and the policy world. The day included key note speeches from Sir John Elvidge of Carnegie UK Trust and Enrico Giovannini, former head of statistics at OECD.

Summaries of each of the programme's key insights can be found here:


SUII Director Charlie Woods also presented an overview of the results as part of the David Hume Institute's autumn seminar series. Download the slides here