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.


Latest News

Read about all the latest activities at the Insight Institute including the results of our Wellbeing programme and details of upcoming events from our new programmes.

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SUII Evaluation Report

We recently carried out an evaluation which highlights the key outcomes and impact of SUII programmes funded between 2011 and 2013. The report identifies common results such as new collaborations, sustained networks, academic publications and additional research funding, as well as examples of programmes' impact on policy and practice.

Download the summary here


Call for Proposals 2014-15 NOW OPEN

The latest SUII Call for Proposals is now open. Proposals should address the following theme: Increasing Equality and Realising Human Potential in Post Referendum Scotland.

If you missed our information sessions you can download the presentation slides or watch the video


New Programmes Announced

The Insight Institute is pleased to be able to support 6 new programmes following our recent open Call for Proposals.

For more information on each of the programmes, click on the links below:

Access to Mental Health Care Services
Big Data and the Third Sector
Linking Northern Communities - East European Immigration in Scotland
Place Identity Dwelling - Design and Procurement of Volume House Building
Seannachies - Addressing Social Isolation through Storytelling
Waterfront Regeneration



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


Big Data and the Third Sector

Registration for the second seminar in the series which will take place on Tuesday 25th November is now open.  Download information about the event.


Waterfront Regeneration

The second in the series of seminars will take place at Discovery Point in Dundee on 1st  December 2014.  This will focus on the theme of ‘Urban life, public space and the role of urban design’. The seminar will include a visit in the morning to the Dundee Waterfront, introduced and led by Allan Watt (Dundee City Council). For more information about the event and to register, visit the Waterfront Regeneration website.


Place Identity Dwelling

New Considerations in the Design and Procurement of Volume House building in Scotland

The first event in the series will take place on Friday 12th December 2014 in the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, Glasgow.  For more information and to register, visit the programme website.