Explore the various SULSA resources available to you including up to date news, useful databases and topical reports
Re-designing the Scottish Tertiary Education Landscape
Date: July 2021
The Scottish Funding Council has on Tuesday published the final report of their review of Scottish Tertiary Education and Research focusing on how best to achieve a responsive, coherent, and sustainable education, skills and research provision. This publication comes at a crucial time for the Covid 19 recovery and in our journey as a nation to NetZero.
The seven key recommendations are realistic, balanced and set pathways for change. They range from the alignment of skills provision with students’ expectations, lifelong learning and internationalisation to challenge-led innovation policy and developing a strategic and integrated longer-term vision for the future of tertiary education in Scotland. We particularly note the emphasis put on collaborative research and knowledge exchange as these are topics at the heart of SULSA and the new cross-pool initiative, Research Innovation Scotland.
The review states “We have seen concerted action from the Pools to take on more of an interdisciplinary challenge focus […] through the establishment of Research Innovation Scotland which aims to explore where, as a collective and with a shared purpose, the Scottish research system can add value and generate outputs greater than the sum of its parts.”
Dr Alison Dun, Executive Director of SULSA says “We are delighted to see this drive toward a more connected and cohesive approach to research and innovation, something Scotland knows how to do well and we look forward to the opportunity to improve upon our foundations, together, and work toward a green recovery and sustainable future.”
Scottish Research Innovation Futures Workshop One
Date: June 2021
The first workshop under the Scottish Research Innovation Futures workshop series took place in May 2021. This workshop fell under the SULSA theme Health and Wellbeing and focused on Our Future Health in Scotland. The focus was on two key areas within the Health Tech sector: management of existing long-term conditions, and early detection of disease. The workshop featured a wide variety of speakers, flash presentations and case studies.
Microscopy Facility Funding
Date: May 2021
SULSA are delighted to award three facilities for the SULSA Microscopy Facility Funding Award, totalling £48,560. The successful facilities are Mesolab, ESRIC and the Scottish Centre for Macromolecular Imaging/Centre for Virus Research. This funding is for the enhancement of the facilities via purchasing of new equipment (hardware or software). It was requested that all applicants had submitted information to the new SMS Facilities Database to be eligible. This award will run again in Autumn 2021.
Scottish Research Innovation Futures
Date: April 2021
The Scottish Research Pools, Innovation Centres and KTN have launched a new collaborative workshop series entitled Scottish Research Innovation Futures. This series aims to take a closer look at key challenge areas and understand how collaborative research and innovation can contribute to overcoming them in Scotland’s mission to build back better.The first workshop focusing on Health and Wellbeing is being organised by SULSA, SINAPSE and KTN.
Innovation Seed Funding
Date: April 2021
SULSA are delighted to award six researchers for the SULSA Innovation Seed Funding Award, totalling £88,315. This award aims to help early lecturers/PIs support the development of their independent research and their affiliation with the industry sector. A huge thanks goes to IBioIC who are co-funding two of the projects, and to CENSIS who are co-funding one project. Learn more about the funded projects by clicking below.
ECR Development Funding Award
Date: March 2021
SULSA are delighted to award 19 researchers for our ECR Development Funding Call, totalling £72,000. This funding aims to support researchers to develop their own novel research track. Projects either build a new collaboration (international, cross-discipline or cross-sector), up-skill the applicant, generate pilot data or develop a pathway to commercialisation. Learn more about the funded projects by clicking below.
Graduate Employability Masterclasses
Date: March 2021
Graduate Employability Masterclasses have been commended as invaluable to creating the next generation of graduates launching their career in the life sciences sector. In 2020 SULSA, in partnership with the Scottish Universities Chemistry Pool (ScotCHEM) joined the fold.
Date: February 2021
SULSA (in collaboration with ScotCHEM, IBioIC, SAIC and BCB) held the Scottish Natural Products Network (SNaPNet) launch and networking event in February 2021. This new network aims to bring academia and industry together to create a multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral network that can work toward targets such as the Scottish Government’s Net Zero by 2045 pledge and encourage the growth of the bioeconomy. Visit our events page to learn about the network’s upcoming workshops.
Catapult Advanced Therapies Skills Training Network (ATSTN)
Date: January 2021
A Scottish consortium has been selected as 1 of the 3 UK Centres to deliver cell and gene therapy and vaccine manufacturing training, as part of the C> Catapult Advanced Therapies Skills Training Network (ATSTN). SULSA will be coordinating both practical and theoretical training.
Breaking Barriers in STEM: Artwork Competition
Date: December 2020
We’re delighted to announce that the winner of SULSA’s Breaking Barriers in STEM: Artwork Competition is Roxanna Munir who’s entry ‘Everywhere’ really impressed the judges. Check it out now alongside the 1st runner up!
SULSA Funding Call Launch
Date: November 2020
SULSA are excited to launch two new funding calls – our SULSA ECR Development Fund and SULSA Innovation Seed Funding Call. Learn more about these calls and the application deadline now!
Launch of new website: Research Innovation Scotland
DATE: September 2020
SULSA are excited to launch the Research Innovation Scotland website which is a joint-initiative between SULSA and our fellow research pools. This website aims to showcase the wide range of activities happening across the Scottish R&I landscape and highlight opportunities for collaboration.