Aims of ISAI

Aims of ISAI

The aim of ISAI is to promote research and scholarship in the fields of Irish and Scottish culture.

In particular, it seeks to develop research in certain key areas; Irish and Scottish history; Irish literature in English and Scottish literature; and Irish and Scots Gaelic language and literature.

Distinctive aims of the Initiative are:

  • A collaborative, interdisciplinary approach, which pools the resources and expertise available in the relevant departments of the four universities: Trinity College, Dublin; Queen's University, Belfast; the University of Aberdeen; the University of Strathclyde, and the University of Edinburgh.
  • Academic exchanges, involving members of staff, postgraduate students and undergraduates in all five universities.
  • Joint research projects, rendered possible by the critical mass of key researchers delivered by the Initiative
  • Enhanced supervision of research students, who have the opportunity to access the research resources and research cultures of four universities instead of one.
  • Undergraduate exchanges, to encourage 'East-West' contacts in the younger generation.
  • Public lectures, seminars, symposia and cultural events to reach out to the wider public in both Ireland and Britain.