We were delighted to welcome Lord Kerr for our 2017 Annual Lecture last week – with almost 300 people packed into the Sir Charles Wilson lecture theatre to hear the former EU Ambassador give speak on “Brexit:  Is the Train-Crash Avoidable?”. After being welcomed by the Principal, Lord Kerr gave […]

2017 Annual Lecture roundup


While we may have entered a new year, with the resignation of Sir Ivan Rogers 2017 in UK politics has begun much the same way 2016 ended – dominated by Brexit and characterised by uncertainty over the UK Government’s position on the impending negotiations with the EU. The resignation of […]

New Year, New Ambassador, Same Dilemmas


The First Minister has set out proposals intended to protect Scotland’s relationship with Europe in the aftermath of Brexit – the first detailed plan published by any administration in the UK since June’s referendum. Making clear that the proposals represent a compromise on behalf of the Scottish Government as no […]

A Brexit Pathway for Scotland?



Post by Maria Fletcher, Director of SULNE and Senior Lecturer in the University of Glasgow School of Law This week, the Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe (SULNE) published our latest position paper in the aftermath of the Leave vote in June – this time focussing on the implications of Brexit on […]

Brexit and environmental law


Unsurprisingly, Brexit has dominated the news again this week as the legal challenge in the Supreme Court proceedings was heard, with the claimants arguing that a failure to consult Parliament on the triggering of Article 50 would see the 1972 European Communities Act – which prepared the way for the […]

News digest: Inequality, Brexit and dangerous dogs


By Professor Ken Gibb, Director of Policy Scotland  The clue is in the name – Policy Scotland naturally aspires to bring academics and policymakers, including legislators and ministers together. We want to know what they are interested in and we also want to let them know about important and high […]

Working with Holyrood



Policy Scotland’s series of events on Brexit will continue in the New Year, with the 2017 Annual Lecture to be delivered by Lord John Kerr – the former UK ambassador to the EU and the USA – who drafted Article 50, which sets out the procedure for leaving the European […]

Brexit: Is the Train-Crash Avoidable?


The Autumn Statement made by the Chancellor has been the main focus of UK politics this week – drawing ire from opposition parties as revealing a “Brexit bombshell” of slower economic growth, higher borrowing and higher debt – but with a series of interesting announcements impacting on Scotland.   Claiming to be […]

November 25 News Digest


FREEDOM of movement is one of four freedoms of the single market (with goods, services and capital) that the UK did so much to promote a generation ago. The Government appears determined to bargain some freedom of movement for some access to the single market. There is, however, no calculus […]

The economic and social necessity of freedom of movement



By Professor Anton Muscatelli, writing ahead of an expert panel discussion on Brexit on Friday 18th November, hosted by Policy Scotland in association with the Conversation Nearly six months after the UK’s vote to leave the EU, the path to Brexit is still uncharted. All we know is that because […]

The path to Brexit is still uncharted


By Dr Margaret Craig, GP in Possilpark and Springburn, Glasgow – consulted by scriptwriter, Paul Laverty, during the development of ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Critics of ‘I, Daniel Blake’, the latest film of Ken Loach and Paul Laverty, have attempted to dismiss it as unrealistic.  If only it were. Let me […]

I, Daniel Blake ‘an accurate representation of austerity Britain’


  Text of a lecture given by Josef Konvitz at University of Glasgow as part of the Policy Scotland Lecture Series 2016-17 on November 7th 2016. There are many paradoxes about BREXIT. The advocates of BREXIT attacked the EU and especially the Eurozone for failure to remedy the causes of […]

After the Event: Josef Konvitz – Brexit and Freedom of ...



Countdown to Brexit: where next for UK and Europe? Date: Friday 18 November 2016 Venue: Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre, University of Glasgow Doors open: 5.30pm Event begins: 6.30pm Event ends: 7.45pm The Policy Scotland Brexit series continues with a panel of leading experts discussing the threats and opportunities of Brexit, presented in partnership with The Conversation. […]

Countdown to Brexit: where next for UK and Europe?


By Dr Sharon Wright, University of Glasgow and co-investigator, Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions. Support and Behaviour Change research project The social security system has been one of the most contentious issues of political debate in recent years – with the U.K. Government’s controversial changes to welfare standing in stark contrast with […]

Research shows sanctions regime failing by even its own standards


Brexit and Freedom of Movement: A Continental Perspective on the Post-Industrial Society Professor Josef Konvitz Date: 7 November 2016 Time: 13:00-14:00 Location: Yudowitz Room, Wolfson Medical School Building, University of Glasgow In the second in the Brexit lecture series from Policy Scotland Josef Konvitz address freedom of movement and asks […]

Event 7 November – Policy Scotland Lecture Series



‘The 2016 Presidential Election: It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over’ Professor Chris Carman, University of Glasgow Date: 25 Ocotober 2016 Time: 6pm Location: Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre All staff, students, and members of the public are welcome.  No advance booking is necessary. The 2016 U.S. Presidential cycle has been […]

Event 25 October – The Stevenson Trust For Citizenship Lecture


Ken Gibb is the Director of Policy Scotland & a Professor in Housing Economics at the University of Glasgow.  Showing their undoubted media abilities, Shelter today launched a new study describing a model of a living home standard (LHS). The standard is based on 39 attributes of essential and more ‘tradable’ […]

Gimme (a ‘standard’) Shelter


The Prime Minister has announced that Article 50 will be invoked by March 2017. What Brexit will mean is still unclear. Statements by the Government suggest we are heading for a “hard” Brexit. But we have also been repeatedly told that we are seeking a different model to those already […]

A quick fix for the UK’s Brexit dilemmas



Kicking off a series of events on Brexit hosted by Policy Scotland, Professor Jim Gallagher today gave a lecture at the University of Glasgow on “The Brexit Paradox: How the wrong choice for Britain offers the right opportunity for Scotland”. Addressing an audience of prominent academics, journalists and experts from […]

Professor Jim Gallagher – The Brexit Paradox: How the wrong ...


The Brexit Paradox: How the wrong choice for Britain offers the right opportunity for Scotland. Professor Jim Gallagher Date: 10 October 2016 Time: 13:00-14:00 Location: Room 257 Hugh Fraser, Wolfson Medical School , University of Glasgow. In the first in a series of lectures hosted by Policy Scotland examining the […]

Event 10 October – Policy Scotland Lecture Series