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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.


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.

You can now register to attend an information session which will be taking place at our member universities throughout January and February.


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:



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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Big Data and the Third Sector

How can we develop the capacity of third sector organisations to engage with data?

Registration is now open for the third workshop in the series which will be held on 4 February 2015 in the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, University of Strathclyde, Collins Building, 22 Richmond Street, Glasgow G1 1XQ.  For more information and to register, visit the programme website.


Linking Northern Communities

The third in the series of seminars will take place at the Scottish Universities Insight Institute on Monday 16 February 2015 and will look at the topic of Newcomers and hometowns: Linking local and migrant communities in Scotland.  For more information about the event and to register, visit the programme webpage.


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

The second seminar in the series will take place on 5 February in the Scottish Universities Insight Institute.  Registration is now open.  For more information about the event, visit the programme 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