Collaborative Projects

SULSA works across disciplines and sectors in multiple Collaborative Projects. By working together as part of a larger consortia we are able to intensify our input toward the UK National agenda and benefit society across the UK and on the international scale.

Learn more about how these projects contribute to our strategic aims, listed below.





talent & collaboration


The Scottish Advanced Therapeutics Medicinal Products (ATMP) Strategy for Scotland

The Advanced therapies field is experiencing rapid growth at present particularly in areas of cell, gene, viral vector, antibody and vaccine therapy. SULSA is working with Skills Development Scotland and Scottish Enterprise as part of the Industry Leadership Group to deliver on a National Growth Strategy for Scotland in this area. Recent activity includes bringing together a consortium of providers from across Industry, Universities and Colleges to create an in-depth training provision package that could be delivered across Scotland. Our consortia will lead 1 of the 3 UK National Advanced Therapies Skills and Training Centres.

Register your interest in receiving this training provision

Read the full case study.



Scottish Health & Innovation Network for Entrepreneurship (SHINE)

SULSA are supporting a new national network builder, SHINE, which is working toward bringing together innovators and entrepreneurs with ideas at the bio and or health interface, across Scotland. Committees are being set up across our Universities and in the build-up to an in-person event in 2021, there are a series of monthly Monday night webinars each with a new topic and run by the local committee. This series began in September and you can see the upcoming program of events via our Events and Workshop webpage. 

This network welcomes new members to join the Committees within each SULSA member University, please get in touch with Professor Rebecca Goss to find out more.

Contact: Rebecca Goss

research & collaboration


Research and Innovation Scotland

Research innovation Scotland is a Research Pool-led initiative which aims to showcase the wide range of activities happening across the Scottish R&I landscape; alert and educate academics, research students and businesses on opportunities for collaboration and ignite new cross-sector partnerships that drive economic and social change. This resource has been a highly collaborative effort across the Research Pools and continues to be developed since its launch in September 2020. SULSA’s Executive Director, Ali Dun, is the coordinator of this initiative and our Operations Officer, Jill Inkster, has designed and maintains the website.

To find out what is happening across the research and innovation landscape or to have your organisation’s activities listed please visit the website.



Brain health Data science Network and Forum (BDNF)

SULSA are working in partnership with SINAPSE, SICSA, and SDRC with input from CENSIS and The Data Lab, to create a new network around Brain Health and Data Science with a focus on the management of data in early detection of neurodegenerative disorders. Leading this truly interdisciplinary collaboration are academics and clinicians from across medical imaging, computer science, psychiatry, biostatistics and translational neuroscience across 5 institutions in Scotland.

You can read about our joint session at the SICSA conference and join our mailing list.



Natural Products in the Bioeconomy

SULSA embarked on a collaborative project, around Natural Products, with ScotCHEM and IBioIC in 2019. Natural Products covers a diverse spectrum of topics including; drug discovery and AMR and biomass in aqua and agriculture, to name a few. Since late 2019 we have held a cross-sectoral workshop, supported a webinar hosted by BEIS around the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing across countries and have welcomed the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre to the team. The NP working group are currently developing a series of workshops within the KTN-supported IBioIC UK Bioeconomy Cluster Builder, which will run in early 2021.



Scottish Microscopy Society Database

SULSA is supporting the Scottish Microscopy Society to create a new database for microscopy facilities in Scotland, to work beyond barriers and encourage collaboration and interdisciplinary research. SULSA will provide funding to support our exceptional facilities, their staff and the researchers that use them. This funding call will run in January 2020 when Phase I of the Facilities Database will be available online. 

Contact: Scottish Microscopy

talent & culture


Reducing Inequality and Increasing Diversity

Through the Looking Glass: Breaking Barriers in STEM: An action-orientated event to explore where inclusion and diversity in STEM can improve and identify actions to take forward for change. This event ran in October 2020 and featured an exceptional panel from across the UK and was organised by Ali Dun and two early career researchers, Ally Hughes and Kirsty Robb.

This event marked the launch of a longer-term cross-Pool project, which will look at where the key issues lie and in understanding what we can do to address them. This project is in progress, with working groups in development, if you are interested in getting involved in working with us to drive change get in touch with Ali Dun. Work will begin on the next stage of this project in January 2021 and a report of the event will be published. Check out the initial event summary and event recording

In association with this event SULSA ran an Art Competition, check out the winning entry!



Graduate Employability Masterclasses

This cross-University scheme aims to raise the number of ‘industry ready’ graduates and encourage more young people to choose a career in the Life Sciences sector. The scheme was developed by the Glasgow Economic Leadership (GEL) Life Sciences Skills Theme group in 2014, in partnership with Skills Development Scotland, as part of the Life and Chemical Sciences Skills Investment Plan. SULSA joined the organising committee in June 2020 and has increased the number of Universities delivering the courses and integrated the Scottish Innovation Centres into the curriculum. Courses were delivered in early 2021 during Semester 2.

The 2021 Graduate Employability Masterclasses have been commended as invaluable to creating the next generation of graduates launching their career in the life sciences sector. Visit Skills Development Scotland to read about the success of this project.