Autumn 2017

New programmes for autumn!

Six new programmes are kicking off at SUII this autumn. The successful programmes selected by our committee in July cover a range of topics which broadly link to the idea of 'care and development across the lifecourse'. We will be exploring common themes that emerge and looking for ways to share the learning across the projects as they progress.

Details of each of the programmes listed below including upcoming events will be available on our website shortly:

  • An international and intersectional dialogue on how to reduce harm and promote wellbeing amongst people who have housing, health and substance use challenges.
  • Integrated public services: learning from experience and from each other.
  • Shifting paradigms for dementia: Involving people living with dementia across research, policy and practice.
  • Conversations about language and literacy: promoting equity and attainment through engagement.
  • Separated and Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children in Scotland.
  • Changing the narrative: re-framing our responses to the developmental needs of looked after children and those who care for them.

SUII Roadshows

We will be visiting each of our member institutions this month to present details of our new call for proposals (below). Sign up below to come along to a session:

7 September - Stirling, Glasgow School of Art

8 September - St Andrews, Dundee

12 September - Strathclyde

13 September - Edinburgh, Heriot Watt

Scotland 2030 - call for proposals

The next SUII call is intended to complement and support Scotland’s Futures Forum’s current major programme of work. Scotland's Futures Forum is the Scottish Parliament's futures think-tank. It works on a non-party basis to promote research and to stimulate debate on the long-term challenges and opportunities that Scotland faces. Their current programme is an exploration of Scotland’s culture and society and aspirations for 2030 and beyond, examining how Scotland can meet the challenges and exploit the opportunities that may emerge.

The SUII call invites applicants to consider the future from a variety of perspectives and explore scenarios for what might be possible, along with the practicalities of what might be required, based on current knowledge/experience and emerging trends.

Get full details and dates for submission on our website.

Memory friendly neighbourhoods - 'the virtual neighbourhood'

In 2014 we supported the Memory-Friendly Neighbourhoods programme - a collaboration between Stirling and Edinburgh Universities, with support from the Centre for Dementia Research at the University of Linkoping, Alzheimer Scotland, Anderson Bell Christie Architects and Architecture and Design Scotland. The focus was on understanding what makes a good, lifelong, inclusive neighbourhood for a person whose life is affected by dementia. One of the key findings from the project was the importance of creating suitable virtual, as well as, physical environments:

"Our website - - was central to our collaboration. We wanted the site to be as dementia-friendly as possible and sought advice and guidance. We found very little, despite the fact that online access is becoming increasingly central to community participation for people living with dementia, as well as an important route to accessing information about their health, wellbeing and quality of life." - MFN final report

The team successfully applied for follow up funding in 2016 with the support of East Dunbartonshire Council, Age Scotland and the Life Changes Trust to explore the idea of the ‘virtual neighbourhood’. Participants developed a number of recommendations for technology developers, service providers and other stakeholders, which aim to address the knowledge gaps previously identified around digital exclusion and dementia.

Download the final report and recommendations here.

City Region Deals Workshop, 4-5 September

Monday, Sep. 4th, 12:30pm

22 Richmond Street


The second workshop in the City Deals programme will take place on 4th - 5th September at the Insight Institute in Glasgow. The event will be an opportunity to take stock of the Scottish and UK experience to date, as well as hearing international perspectives. For more details, email:
SUII welcomes Lynne Costello to the team as our new Events Coordinator! Lynne will be helping our programme teams with the fine details of planning and organising their events, both at our space in Glasgow and around Scotland.

Our best wishes to Ann Logie for a happy retirement.

Scottish Universities Insight Institute

The Scottish Universities Insight Institute promotes collaboration and engagement between researchers and wider society.