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.


Open Call 2017

Applications for our current open call for proposals are invited to run Knowledge Exchange Programmes taking place between August 2017 and March 2018. The deadline for applications is 19 May 2017. Full details can be found on our Call for Proposals page.

The next call will be launched in Autumn 2017 for programmes running in the first half of 2018. A specific theme for this call will be announced following our Governing Board meeting in July.


SUII impact programme

In 2016, we initiated a project to better understand how knowledge exchange projects, such as those sponsored by SUII, can help contribute to public policy and practice and best support the impact agenda. The findings from an online survey, workshop and telephone interviews have been collated into a compendium of lessons to inform the future design and delivery of SUII projects.

Download a copy of the report.


Autumn 2016 call - Learning from other places

We are pleased to announce that 6 programmes have been supported as part of our call on Learning from Other Places (autumn 2016). The successful programmes address a range of topics including Restorative Justice, Leadership for Complex Challenges, Stigma in Childhood, Dementia Care, City Deals and Collaboration in the Craft Beer Sector

Find out more about the programmes and register for upcoming events



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Restorative Justice

The fourth dialogue in the series will take place in the Insight Institute on Thursday 15 June 2017  and will focus on the question Does Restorative Justice have a role in responding to homicide?   For more information about the event and Registration, visit the programme webpage


Stigma in Childhood

The second workshop in the series will take place in the Insight Institute on Monday 26 June 2017.  For more information and registration, visit the programme webpage.


Fostering Cultures of Innovation

The final workshop of our 2015 Call, Cultures of Innovation, was held at the Scottish Parliament in November 2016. There were five programmes supported as part of this call, each of which presented their findings in the style of a TED talk.

Watch the full videos here

SUII Director Charlie Woods also highlighted a number of broad themes around Inclusion, Integration and Investment which emerged from all of the programmes. Read more about the cross-cutting themes on our blog page.

Innovation programme: cross cutting themes - Charlie Woods from scotinsight on Vimeo.