Scottish Universities Research Collections Associate Scheme

Scottish Universities Research Collections Associate Scheme

Connecting doctoral researchers in the arts and humanities with special collections, museums, and archives within Scottish higher education institutions.

Scotland’s universities have a rich and diverse resource of special research collections. Museums, rare books, and archives: collections recognised as being of national importance and world significance. 

The Scottish Universities Research Collections Associate Scheme (SURCAS) supports doctoral researchers in the arts and humanities to undertake short-term research/knowledge exchange projects with collections, culminating in a public engagement outcome. This can take the form of an online exhibition, talks, short films, apps, performances, creative practice, or whatever the researcher agrees with the collections service. 

Three projects have been funded through the scheme to date, exploring the overlooked music found in margins and illuminations of pre-16th century manuscripts; the archives of the oldest purpose-built public library in Scotland; and the suffrage resources of several Scottish HEIs.

Read more about SURCAS projects by clicking on the links below.

Links to HEI Archives

Use the links below to explore the archives & special collections in Scotland’s HEIs.   

  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Archives and Collections (by appointment only), contact: Stuart A. Harris-Logan, Archives Officer at 0141 270 8299 or archives@rcs.ac.uk.

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