The Scottish Arts and Humanities Alliance (SAHA) was established in 2019 to give a public and collective voice to the arts and humanities in the context of Higher Education.
Scotland has a rich arts and humanities heritage and an impressive history of arts and humanities education. We believe that the arts and humanities are a public good with a central role to play in meeting the challenges of contemporary society. They help individuals and society by shaping our cultural, political and inner lives, equipping us with the critical skills to engage with a changing social and geopolitical landscape, helping us to identify and learn from the patterns of the past and to imagine new ways forward. They also play a key role in areas of design, digital development and the economy. The arts and humanities are, therefore, a necessary part of 21st-century debates on issues such as climate change, the Creative and Cultural Industries, wellbeing, diversity and shaping a post-Covid-19 future. SAHA is uniquely positioned to give voice to the value and diversity of Arts and Humanities education in Scotland and to foster further collaboration across and beyond institutions in order to provide a coherent perspective on the challenges facing Scottish society.
SAHA works in the context of SHAPE, STEAM and internationally with partners in the Irish, European and North American Humanities alliances. The Alliance aims to enhance public and governmental understanding of the intellectual, creative and social, as well as economic, contribution of the arts and humanities to the well-being and advancement of Scottish society. It provides a forum for examining and collaborating on current and future challenges, for influence on government education policy, and for public advocacy of the arts and humanities in a specifically Scottish context. It engages with stakeholders within the educational, business, cultural and civil sectors and delivers a coordinated arts and humanities standpoint on issues relating to education and research in Scotland and beyond.
The Alliance has the following remit:
- To be a united, public voice on matters relating to the arts and humanities in Scotland.
- To advocate for the arts and humanities, enhancing understanding of their intellectual, creative, and social as well as economic, contribution to the wellbeing and advancement of Scottish society.
- To influence government policy on current higher educational issues relating to the arts and humanities, giving a Scottish perspective, but also speaking to wider debates.
- To create, foster and enhance links and partnerships between scholars and local communities and communities of practice.
- To disseminate its work in the media, in government and within the education sector.
Current SAHA Member Institutions
Closing next week! We are looking for a Policy and Communications Officer who can drive forward the work of the Alliance and support the delivery of our policy and communications strategy. ⏰ Fixed term, part-time (28 hours/week) 💰 £27,072 p/a saha.scot/901-2/
Thank you to everyone who came along to our event with @GlasgowBurns. Lots of exciting discussions and knowledge sharing, and we look forward to seeing how those progress to deliver economic benefits for Scotland. twitter.com/P14Murray/stat…
Remember to reserve a space! It promises to be a thought-provoking event with ample opportunity to network and share new ideas. Our co-chair @P14Murray and @MackayPAG of @GlasgowBurns will warmly welcome you to the event. twitter.com/GlasgowBurns/s…
ICYMI, our co-chair @P14Murray recently gave evidence to @CommonsScotAffs alongside Scott McDonald of @BritishCouncil in relation to their inquiry into Promoting Scotland Internationally. You can watch Prof Pittock's evidence here: parliamentlive.tv/event/index… pic.twitter.com/msDacoBfz2
Meet our Members
All Scottish HEIs are invited to become members of the Alliance. A Steering Committee comprising representatives from contributing organisations determines the strategic direction and activity of the Alliance.Learn More