Ken Gibb, Policy Scotland Director Reposted from ‘Brick by Brick’ The views expressed do not reflect those of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow. Last month, the Additional Member System reasserted itself and ended majority government (just). The SNP continue in power but as a minority administration (just). One […]

‘Five Years, that’s all we’ve got’: the Scottish election and ...

Martin Taulbut, Public Health Information Manager NHS Health Scotland The views expressed do not reflect those of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow.     “You’ve got to support Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms”. That was the argument put in a provocative, after-dinner speech to public health professionals I […]

Credit where it’s due? Universal Credit, public health and the ...

From Cities Policies to City Policy: innovative pathways to Urban Transformation Date: 8th June 2016, 12.15 -5.00pm, Venue: Zone B, The Tontine Building, 20 Trongate, Glasgow Spaces are limited so please register your interest using Eventbrite. The last five years have witnessed substantial shifts in policy approaches to cities across […]

June 8th – Policy Scotland – ESRC – Urban Transformations

Professor David Bell Thursday 9th June 2016, 3-5pm – Wolfson Medical School, The Hugh Fraser Seminar Room 2, The University of Glasgow Professor David Bell, who has written extensively on the economics of constitutional change and the Scottish economy, has interesting evidence to share on the economic issues associated with […]

Leave or Remain: the Economics of Brexit

Presenting First Wave findings from the ESRC ‘Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions, Support and Behaviour Change’ project. When: 9 June 2016, 9am – 1pm Where: Laphroaig Theatre, IET Glasgow: Teacher Building, 14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4DB Registration: Free at Eventbrite. Programme 9am Arrival with tea/coffees 9.30am Welcome and Introduction Hugh […]

9th June – Welfare Reform Network – Welfare Conditionality Social ...

  Michael Russell, MSP The views expressed do not reflect those of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow. There was a moment of confusion on the first sitting day of the new Scottish Parliamentary session. When the retiring Presiding Officer, Tricia Marwick, asked the candidates to succeed her to […]

Policy Scotland Blog: The Positives of Minority Goverment, Election ...

Anton Muscatelli Economist Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow, writing in a personal capacity and the views expressed do not reflect those of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow.     The mixture of fantasy and reality on which the Leave campaign is basing its arguments might […]

Brexit: A midsummer’s night’s ‘mare

By Jim Gallagher Jim Gallagher is a guest contributor for Policy Scotland, the views expressed in this post do not reflect the opinions of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow.  Referendums and buses come in twos, and the second one is surprisingly like the first. The Euro referendum resembles the Scottish in disconcerting ways. The […]

Policy Referendums and Buses Come in Twos

Anton Muscatelli Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow, writing in a personal capacity and the views expressed do not reflect those of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow.     Universities in Scotland and the UK benefit massively from our membership of the EU. The evidence is […]

Why the EU Matters for Our Universities

Professor David Adams University of Glasgow   Eight months ago, Policy Scotland published six briefing papers on Urban Land Reform. A seventh followed shortly afterwards in response to the Scottish Government consultation on these issues. What’s has happened since? Well, there’s been significant public discussion, parliamentary debate and now proposals […]


The Scottish Parliament’s Inquiry on ‘Human Rights’ has just finished with a letter to the UK Government stating that “there is strong opposition from Scottish stakeholders to any repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998, as they did not perceive that there was any evidence for doing so and believe […]

Human Rights Inquiry Concludes with Rights On Message for Scotland

When: Wednesday 16th March 2016 Time: 5pm – 6:30pm Where: East Quad Lecture Theatre (226), University of Glasgow Main Building, Glasgow, UK On 16th March 2016, CREATe will host a public lecture by Dr. Rufus Pollock, titled ‘Making an Open Information Age: Power, freedom and inequality in an age of […]

Upcoming event: Making an Open Information Age: Power, freedom and ...

Michael Adler, Emeritus Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, writes on benefit sanctions and their place within principles of the Rule of Law. The author is very grateful to David Webster and Colm O’Cinneide for their help. BENEFIT SANCTIONS AND THE RULE OF LAW […]

Benefit Sanctions and the Rule of Law

Thursday 11 February 16:00 – 17:15 Boyd Orr Building, Room 407, University of Glasgow Please register via EventBrite:   At this Policy Scotland Welfare Reform Network event, Jessica Burns will provide insight into her work as Regional Tribunal Judge in Social Security and Child Support. She will speak about […]

A Fast Flowing Stream: Welfare Reform, Decision Making and Appeals

Our recent Supporting Migrants in Welfare Reform event included data and insights from researchers working on the Social Support and Migration in Scotland (SSAMIS) project. In February, the SSAMIS project will hold two dissemination events (one in Glasgow, one in Aberdeen), at which they will present key themes emerging from their […]

Social Support and Migration in Scotland Dissemination Event

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There is much excellent financial and economic journalism but there are some fields of inquiry that often come up short. Analysis of that British obsession, the housing market, is, sadly, one high-profile casualty. A recent piece in the Telegraph was a case in point. The headline declared “UK house prices […]

Journalism by hype: the anatomy of a house price crisis ...

Identifying factors influencing return to work in the over 50s This new study on the over 50s aims to investigate the relationships between health, worklessness, the return to work process and the sustainability of employment writes the SOPIE research team. In 2014, the UK Coalition Government appointed a Business Champion […]

Supporting Older People into Employment (SOPIE)

Policy Scotland are pleased to note that Advisory Board Member, Paul Grice,  has been awarded a Knighthood (KBE) in the New Year Honour’s 2016 for services to the Scottish parliament and voluntary service to higher education and the community in Scotland. Paul has sat on the Policy Scotland Advisory Board […]

Paul Grice awarded KBE in New Year’s Honours 2016