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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... Opening soon!

Our Call for Proposals Increasing Equality and Realising Human Potential in Post Referendum Scotland is now closed.

We will be launching an open Call for Proposals in January 2015. Check the website in the coming weeks for further details.

In the meantime you can SIGN UP NOW to attend an information session which will be taking place around Scotland in January and February.


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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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



Linking Northern Communities

View the 'Poles Apart' BLOG.

The second in the series of seminars will take place at the Scottish Universities Insight Institute on Thursday 18th December 2014 and will look at the topic of Transnational Biographies.  For more information about the event and to register, 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


Waterfront Regeneration

Transdisciplinary Learning from the Diversity of Approaches in Scotland's Major Waterfront Development

Registration is now open for the third seminar in the series which will be held on 9 January 2015 in Architecture and Design Scotland Bakehouse Close, 146 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DD.  For more information and to register, visit the programme website.