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.


SUII autumn workshops

This autumn SUII will be running a series of workshops in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee around our new call for proposals 'Learning from each other'. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss key aspects of developing a SUII knowledge exchange proposal and hear ideas and tips from previous programme leaders. Visit the page below to register for one of the sessions:

SUII autumn workshop REGISTRATION


Results 2016 Call, round 1

We are pleased to announce that the following projects have been selected from our recent open call for proposals:

  • A Bridge Over Troubled Waters: a new integrated assessment tool for enhanced social, energy and eco-systems
  • Changing lives through inspirational STEM research
  • The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in Scotland
  • What are public inquiries meant to achieve and can we do it faster, cheaper and better?

The new projects will start from August 2016 and further details of each of them will be available on our website shortly.


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. Feedback from a survey completed by previous programme participants was used as the basis for discussion at a knowledge exchange workshop held at the Lighthouse in June. A report highlighting the key points arising from the survey and workshop will be produced in the coming months. 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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Digital Families Across the Lifecourse

The Final Report from this interesting and highly topical programme is now available to read.  For more information, visit the programme webpage



Child Neglect, Wellbeing and Resilience: Adopting Arts-based Practices

View an excellent Animation of the results of this programme.



Teaching BSL in Schools

Teaching BSL in Schools in BSL - Youtube
The final event in the series took place on Thursday 26 May 2016 in the Scottish Government, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ. For more information in BSL and English and a summary of programme events, visit the webpage.