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Stephen Sinclair To meet its own ambitious child poverty goals, the Scottish Government must be politically courageous in focusing public services where they are most needed, and ensuring employers play their part. By renewing its commitment to eradicate child poverty (effectively revoked by the UK government in the Welfare Reform […]

Blog: Child poverty pledges require bold action to redirect resources

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Policy Scotland in partnership with the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) presents a panel discussion: ‘Post-industrial Cities & Urban Resilience: Learnings from Scotland and the U.S.’ Details Glasgow and Pittsburgh are connected by a shared post-industrial history (focused on shipbuilding and steelmaking respectively), and also […]

Event: Post-industrial Cities & Urban Resilience panel discussion

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Evan Williams In one of a series of blogs reflecting on the main findings from our recent reports for the Poverty and Inequality Commission, one of the report authors Evan Williams argues that the success of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill will rely on policy initiatives that explicitly target welfare and […]

Blog: Reflecting on the Child Poverty Strategy 2014-2017

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Following the passage of the historic Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill in November which imposes a requirement on local authorities to tackle poverty, Policy Scotland has provided several reports to support the work of the Poverty and Inequality Commission. The Commission has been tasked with providing independent advice to Scottish Ministers […]

Publication: Reports for the Poverty and Inequality Commission

Nine months have passed since the UK government triggered article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty which formally started the march towards Brexit. As we are about to embark on phase 2 of the negotiations, including crucially the nature of the future UK-EU relationship, there are many reasons to be concerned. […]

Scotland’s Place in Europe: People, Jobs and Investment – A ...

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The Crichton Institute, a Research Institution in Glasgow University, hosted a roundtable on Community Benefits, Infrastructures and Major Capital Investments. Hosted by Professor Carol Hill, Head of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Director of Campus and of the Crichton Institute, the roundtable was organised by Dr Cristina Orsatti, Associate Researcher […]

Community Benefits, Infrastructures and Major Capital Investments Roundtable

By Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli Devolution was always said to be a process rather than an event. Over the past eighteen years, Holyrood, perhaps after hesitant beginnings, has more and more come of age. Free personal care, a ban on smoking in public places, free prescriptions, an end to student […]

Muscatelli – Time for a grown up debate on tax

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On Monday 20 November 2017, David Martin MEP presented a talk entitled ‘Brexit: Who is taking back control?’ in the Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre at the University of Glasgow, one of a series of Policy Scotland events on Brexit. David is is one of the longest serving members of the […]

David Martin MEP’s speech on Brexit

David Martin MEP is one of the longest serving members of the European parliament where he has served in a number of prominent posts. He was the European Parliament’s rapporteur on what became the Maastricht and Amsterdam Treaties and served as Vice-President of the European Parliament from 1989 to 2004, the longest period anyone has served […]

David Martin MEP: BREXIT- who is taking back control

Blog on Carnegie UK/Policy Scotland workshop on embedding Dignity and Respect in the Scottish Social Security system Des McNulty The Scottish Government has identified five principles underpinning its approach to devolved social security: Social security in an investment in the people of Scotland Respect for the dignity of individuals is […]

Dignity and Respect: workshop on new Social Security arrangements in ...

Duncan Maclennan and David Graham[1] 9th October, 2017 Email: Pressured Markets and Policy Measures: Canadian Responses. Shaping Futures: Canada in Context The University of Glasgow has recently led a major cross-national collaboration, Shaping Futures, that explored emerging issues in housing policy. The project involved the Universities of Glasgow, Toronto […]


Holly Porteous, SSAMIS Project, Swansea University/University of Glasgow   In 2015, the joint Scottish Government, COSLA and Scottish Refugee Council scheme ‘New Scots: Integrating Refugees in Scotland’s Communities’ widened its scope in response to the Scottish Government’s commitment to resettling a further 20,000 refugees by 2020. Since 2015, this has […]

Challenges of Settling in Rural Scotland: Drawing Parallels between ‘New ...

Policy Scotland at the University of Glasgow is delighted to announce that former UK Ambassador to the European Union Sir Ivan Rogers will give the latest in a series of public lectures on Brexit on October 16th. The talk, “The History and Origins of Brexit” – which will take place […]

Sir Ivan Rogers – The History and Origins of Brexit

Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow We recently marked ten years since the beginning of the worst of the financial crisis – and while the public discourse around this milestone has perhaps naturally focussed primarily on the banking sector, the impact on economic productivity has received […]

Only balanced and targeted investment can fix the UK’s imbalanced ...

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  This paper sets out the issues that researchers and policymakers will be confronted with when considering the parallels and possible links between the inclusive growth agenda and the deal-based decentralisation agenda (to sub-national entities). David Waite – Alan McGregor – Des McNulty – The authors of […]

Issues Paper on City Deals and Inclusive Growth

Policy Scotland at the University of Glasgow is delighted to announce that Scotland’s Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe Michael Russell MSP is to give a major speech on Brexit in the latest event in our lecture series. At an event in the Kelvin Hall at 6.30pm […]

Michael Russell MSP – Brexit and the implications for higher ...

The Scottish Centre on European Relations and the International Public Policy Institute are pleased to invite you to their upcoming event: Scotland-EU Relations as Brexit Talks Unfold Fiona Hyslop MSP – Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs   Introduction by Dr Kirsty Hughes Director · Scottish Centre on […]

Scotland-EU Relations as Brexit Talks Unfold – Fiona Hyslop MSP

In the wake of the news that the University of Glasgow is set to lead a major new UK-wide evidence centre on housing (CaCHE), Policy Scotland and the University’s Urban Studies department are delighted to invite you to an expert-led seminar on the private rented sector. Coming in the midst […]

Expert-led seminar to examine private rented sector

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By Alex Benchimol and Philip Schlesinger Two University of Glasgow staff, Dr Alex Benchimol and Professor Philip Schlesinger, recently ran a pair of Royal Society of Edinburgh funded workshops on the press, civil society and constitutional identity in Scotland. Here, they reflect on how real world-politics and academic analysis may […]

First Minister’s referendum call rivets Scottish constitution workshop