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 for Proposals 2017

We are now inviting expressions of interest for our latest call for proposals to run knowledge exchange programmes starting in autumn 2017. Applicants are encouraged to see projects as an opportunity to
explore the implications of increasing uncertainty in many spheres; make connections across institutions and across disciplines and between the academic and the non-academic community; and to generate fresh insights from the interaction of different perspectives that might not often meet.

Full details and guidance can be found on our call for proposals page.


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




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.


Community Credit Unions and Payroll Deductions

Dr Robbie Mochrie and Dr Kathryn Waite at a breakfast briefing held in Glasgow City Chambers on 20 October 2016 - International Credit Union Day - for the launch of their report on community credit unions and payroll deduction. Download the report below.

Community Credit Unions and Payroll Deductions: A Report on a Field Trial