*New programmes for 2016*

We're pleased to announce that 5 programmes have been selected as part of our Call on Fostering Cultures of Innovation (autumn 2015). The successful programmes address a range of topics related to innovation including health, economics, sustainability and the workplace.


Events will be getting underway in the next few months. Keep an eye on the website to find out what's happening.



3 New Knowledge Exchange Programmes approved

The Insight Institute is pleased to announce that the following Knowledge Exchange programmes have been approved to take place in 2013-2014:

Children's rights, social justice and social identities in Scotland

Memory-Friendly Neighbourhoods: international insights on developing dementia-friendly neighbourhoods

Transforming Scotland with Solar Energy

Click on the links above to read more about the programmes and upcoming seminars.  


Alice Brown CBE joins SUII Governing Board

We are very pleased to welcome Professor Alice Brown CBE to our Governing Board and Programme Committee. Alice is currently General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE)


April 2013 Newsletter

Find out what has been happening at SUII here


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


Bursary Opportunity for Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers

Postgraduate students or early career researchers (within the first three years of starting a research or knowledge exchange post) can apply for a bursary (covering travel within the EU and accommodation) to attend the Memory-Friendly Neighbourhoods programme event on Monday 2nd June 2014.


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 are taking place at our member Universities throughout January and February.


Call for Proposals, round 1 2016

The deadline for applications to the recent open call for proposals has now passed.

Results will be published in July 2016.

A themed call will be announced in the summer, with an application deadline of November 2016.


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


Equality Call: New Programmes

Three new programmes were awarded funding as part of our 2014 Call on Increasing Equality and Realising Human Potential in Post Referendum Scotland. You can read more about the programmes and upcoming events below:

Children and Young People's views of Poverty and Inequality

The Pinkie Resilience Project

Financing the Future: Achieving Sustainability in Credit Unions


GLADS programme video

The GLADS programme which is part of the Insight Institute's wider Wellbeing Programme have created a short film highlighting the work they have been doing. The film, which features interviews with key speakers and programme leaders, was presented at the final seminar at the Engine Shed in Edinburgh on 16 June.

Click here to view the video


Information Sessions

We held a series of information sessions at our member institutions to present the work we do and highlight the current call for proposals.

Attendees also had the chance to discuss any initial project ideas with us and get some tips from a previous programme leader. If you missed the sessions, you can download a copy of the presentation here.

The application deadline for the current call has now passed. We will be running our next round of information sessions from February 2016.


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.

Download our newsletter


Local Government and Regeneration Committee - Pilot Briefing Event

Academics within the institutions who are members of SUII are invited to indicate an interest in participating in a planned briefing event with the Local Government and Regeneration Committee in advance of the forthcoming Licensing Bill.  


New Call for Proposals 'Learning from other places' - OPEN

A new call for proposals on the theme of 'Learning from other places' will be running this autumn (deadline 18 Nov. 2016). We will be holding a series of workshops in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee where 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 


New Programme Reports Available

In 2013 we funded 3 programmes around making systemic reform and investment in public policy and practice to increase wellbeing and reduce inequality. The final reports for these programmes are now available to download:

Children's Rights

Memory Friendly Neighbourhoods

Solar Energy


New Programme Reports Published

Final reports for programmes funded in the first round of 2013 are now available to download. For more information on the individual programmes click on the links below:

Children's Rights, Social Justice and Social Identities

Memory Friendly Neighbourhoods

Transforming Scotland with Solar Energy


New Programmes Announced

The Insight Institute is pleased to be able to support 6 new programmes following our recent open Call for Proposals.

For more information on each of the programmes, click on the links below:

Access to Mental Health Care Services
Big Data and the Third Sector
Linking Northern Communities - East European Immigration in Scotland
Place Identity Dwelling - Design and Procurement of Volume House Building
Seannachies - Addressing Social Isolation through Storytelling
Waterfront Regeneration


New Programmes from March 2013

The Institute is pleased to announce the approval of five new Knowledge Exchange Programmes. A total of £90,000 has been allocated to the programmes which will draw together academics, practitioners, international experts and policy makers over a six month period, from March 2013.


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:



New SUII Blog Post - "Wellbeing: increasingly a crucial public policy goal"

SUII Director, Charlie Woods, discusses the continued attention being dedicated to conceptions of wellbeing in research, policy and practice.


NEW! 2012 Programme Final Reports

Final Reports from 3 of three the Knowledge Exchange programmes funded by the Insight Institute in 2012 are now available:

Getting it Right for Looked After Disabled Children and Young People

Human Trafficking: Conceptualising Definitions, Responses and What Needs to be Done

New Horizons for the Cultural Industries 



Here at the Scottish Universities Insight Institute we've hosted a number of excellent Programmes over the past few months.  As well as planning for programmes which will run early in the New Year, we look forward to a new series which will focus on the theme of well-being.


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.


Open Call 2018

The Scottish Universities Insight Institute is pleased to announce a new open call for proposals. Applications are invited from our member universities to run knowledge exchange programmes beginning in autumn 2018. More details can be found here


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.


Photo Competition 2013!

We are inviting staff and postgraduate researchers in our partner universities - Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Heriot Watt, St Andrews, Stirling and Strathclyde – to submit images on the theme of INSIGHT. Selected works will be printed and put on permanent display in the Insight Institute’s conference venue in the Collins Building, University of Strathclyde, and on the Insight website.


Photographic Competition Winner

We are delighted to announce that Dr Richard Ward of Stirling University is the overall winner of our photographic competion with an image entitled 'In the Hairdresser's Chair'. 


Podcast - Looked After Disabled Children

The Looked After Disabled Children programme team has produced their final podcast which brings together the learning from all four programme seminars. Watch it here


Scotland 2030 call: new programmes announced

We are pleased to announce 4 new programmes which will be supported under the Scotland 2030 call:

Benefits and challenges of implementing Citizen's Basic Income in Scotland
Future Transitions of Palliative Care
Learning from Loss: responding to transformation in the historic environment in the face of climate change
Housing and Ageing: Linking Strategy to Future Delivery 


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


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.


SUII Occasional Papers

We will be publishing a series of occasional papers aimed at sharing the outcomes of our programmes more widely. The first of these, on the topic of Wellbeing, is now available:

Occasional Paper 1: Understanding, Measuring and Promoting Wellbeing.

Further details of the Wellbeing programme which inspired this paper can be found here:



We have moved!

On Monday 11th March the Scottish Universities Insight Institute moved into our new venue  in the Collins Building (formerly Collins Gallery) at the University of Strathclyde.


Wellbeing 2014

The six programmes funded as part of our Wellbeing Call are all well underway. Visit the Wellbeing homepage to read about what they have been up to and to view videos, photos and presentations from the events:



Wellbeing 2014: New Programmes Announced!

SUII is pleased to confirm that 5 new Knowledge Exchange Programmes have received funding to take place in 2014. The programmes were approved under the recent Call for Proposals around understanding, measuring and promoting wellbeing..


Why Should Women Care About Constitutional Debates?

The recent Gender and Constitutional Change events held at the Royal Society of Edinburgh (14 & 15 February) looked specifically at how the current debate regarding Scotland's constitutional future impacts on women in particular.  For a clearer picture of how the debate is developing, have a look at recent BLOGS.