Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA)

SULSA is an alliance of twelve Scottish Universities and one Research Institute that aims to advance Scotland’s research and innovation in the life sciences through strategic collaboration across institutions, disciplines and sectors. Use this map to explore the areas of expertise within our member universities.

    • School of Applied Social Studies
    • School of Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing and Midwifery
    • School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences
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    Robert Gordon University
    • Institute of Medical Science
    • Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health
    • Institute of Applied Health Sciences
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    University of Aberdeen
    • School of Biology
      • Scottish Oceans Institute
      • Biomedical Sciences Research Complex
      • Centre for Biological Diversity
    • School of Psychology & Neuroscience
    • School of Medicine
    • School of Chemistry
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    University of St Andrews
    • School of Life Sciences
      • Drug Discovery Unit
      • Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit
    • National Phenotypic Screening Centre
    • School of Medicine
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    University of Dundee
  • The James Hutton Institute
    • Science Departments:
      • Cell & Molecular Sciences
      • Ecological Sciences
      • Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
      • Informational and Computational Sciences
      • Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences.
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    The James Hutton Institute
    • School of Engineering and Physical Sciences
      • Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering
    • School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society
      • Institute of Life and Earth Scienes
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    Heriot Watt University
    • School of Applied Sciences
      • Animal and Plant Science Research Group
      • Biomedical Science Research Group
      • Microbiology Research Group
      • Sports, Exercise and Health Science Research Group
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    Edinburgh Napier University
    • College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
      • The Queen’s Medical Research Institute
      • Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine
      • The Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics
      • Edinburgh Neuroscience
      • The Roslin Institute
    • The School of Biological Sciences
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    The University of Edinburgh
    • School of Health & Life Sciences
      • Institute of Health and Care Research
      • Institute of Biomedical & Environmental Health Research
      • Institute of Clinical Exercise and Health Science
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    University of the West of Scotland
    • School of Health and Life Sciences
      • Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
      • Department of Nursing and Community Health
      • Department of Occupational Therapy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics
      • Department of Physiotherapy and Paramedicine
      • Department of Podiatry and Radiography
      • Department of Psychology and Social Work
      • Department of Vision Sciences
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    Glasgow Caledonian University
    • Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
    • Cancer Research UK Formulation Unit
    • Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation
    • Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre
    • Rapid Prototyping Centre
    • Centre for Biophotonics
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    University of Strathclyde
    • College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences
      • Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation
      • Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
      • Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
      • Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology
      • Institute of Health and Wellbeing
      • Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
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    University of Glasgow
  • UHI Inverness
    • Institute of Health Research and Innovation:
      • Division of Biomedical Sciences
      • Division of Rural Health and Wellbeing
      • Department of Nursing and Midwifery
      • Healthcare Innovation
      • Scottish Rural Health Partnership
    • Marine, Environmental Science and Engineering:
      • Energy Innovation Team
      • Aquaculture Hub
      • Water Quality Innovation Group
      • Graduate School
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    University of the Highlands & Islands
The James Hutton Institute
UHI Inverness

About Us

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Events & Workshops

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Funding Opportunities

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Life Sciences Research

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SULSA News & Resources

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SULSA represents the entirety of the life sciences community encompassing research on humans, plants, animals and microbes under four key pillars

International Network Building

Industry Engagement

Inter/Multidisciplinary Knowledge Exchange

Inclusivity and Improved Research Culture


Scottish Enterprise Ecosystem Fund

Date: Dec 2023

SULSA were delighted to be awarded £46,000 from the Scottish Enterprise Ecosystem Fund to enhance our Forging Futures scheme with partners, Interface. These funds will be used to develop the existing scheme and add on a series of additional activities for our Forging Futures cohort!

SULSA IndAc 2023

Date: Dec 2023

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the SULSA Industry Academia Conference and Careers Fair! This took place on 14-15th November 2023 in Edinburgh and has received great feedback to date. We’re excited to announce IndAc24 will take place in Glasgow on 23rd – 24th October 2024. 

SULSA Delegation Visit to Rhineland-Palatinate

Date: Dec 2023

We’re going back to Germany! This time with a team from each of our members to further develop international collaborations with Germany, including a reception with Minister for Science and Health, Clemens Hoch. We’ll also host our second Scotland-RLP Conference on Life Sciences and Biotechnology online on 13th May – attendees are invited to register now!