In addition to the research alliance of the eight universities, SUPA has a number of partnerships with other organisation.
The SUPA Associate Members are those who are aligned closely with the activity across SUPA, but not schools of physics or astronomy.
There are a number of Doctoral Training Centres incorporating physics doctoral students in Scotland. All are part-funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, EPSRC.
The Scottish Universities Summer School in Physics, SUSSP, was established in 1960 to contribute to the dissemination of advanced knowledge in physics, and the formation of contacts among scientists from different countries through annual summer schools of the highest international standard. The Scottish Universities supporting SUSSP are Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian, Heriot-Watt, St Andrews, Strathclyde and West of Scotland.
SUPA has established relationships and formal agreements with a number of physics-based, industry-facing research institutes. These include, the UK Astronomy Technology Centre(link is external), home to the new Higgs Innovation Centre(link is external) on its site at Blackford Hill in Edinburgh; the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics(link is external) located within the Strathclyde Technology Innovation Centre(link is external) in Glasgow; and the National Physical Laboratory(link is external) headquartered in Teddington with an established Scottish offshoot centred in Glasgow.