Research collaborations

The University of St Andrews supports the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) strategy of developing research pooling across Scottish higher education institutions.

The aim of research pooling is to develop a radically new research landscape in Scotland with powerful well-resourced research communities, attractive to leading researchers from around the world, and producing world-class research fundamental to building a flourishing knowledge economy.

Key features of pooling are:

  • agreement and coordination of a pan-Scottish research strategy within defined individual research areas
  • sharing of major facilities and equipment
  • joint doctoral training programmes that will attract PhD students from across the UK and around the world.

St Andrews has taken a leading role from the development of the concept of pooling through to inception and operation. Funding from the SFC has been matched by other higher education institutions and other sources amounting to a very significant investment.

St Andrews is a partner in the research pools listed below.

  • Edinburgh and St Andrews Chemistry research school

  • Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland

  • Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

  • Scottish Imaging Network: a Platform for Scientific Excellence

  • Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance

  • Scottish Institute for Policing Research

  • Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance

  • Scottish Universities Physics Alliance