The film industry and Scottish independence

By Professor Phillip Schlesinger, Professor of Cultural Policy, The University of Glasgow. Last November, the Scottish Government published Scotland’s Future – its White Paper on independence. Although considerable attention has been devoted to broadcasting, very little indeed has been given to film. It is very timely, therefore, that the first ever conference convened to discuss independence and the future of…

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The Housing Market Renewal Programme in Northern England: Lessons from the past, challenges for the future.

By Brendan Nevin, Director of North Housing Consulting On Friday 24th January 2014 Brendan was the guest speaker at a seminar as part of the Urban Studies Seminar Series. Abstract During the thirty years 1970-2000 many inner urban areas in older ex industrial towns and cities in the North and Midlands of England experienced significant…

Sign saying 'UK Border' as displayed at Terminal 4, London Heathrow Airport

‘Go Home’: Mapping the ongoing controversy of Home Office immigration campaigns

By Dr Emma Jackson, Journal Research Fellow (Urban Studies) On December 19th 2013, the Scottish Parliament debated the Home Office’s ‘Go Home’ poster campaign in the UK Border Agency’s Brand Street reporting centre. The posters at Brand Street reading ‘Is life here hard, why not go home?’ were part of a high profile Government pilot scheme launched…

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Regulatory Policy and an Independent Scotland

This paper was presented at the Policy Scotland Public Debate at the University of Glasgow on December 4 by Josef Konvitz, Honorary Professor, University of Glasgow, and Visiting Professor, Cities Group, Geography, King’s College London This presentation will address what Scotland must do and could do to assume sovereign regulatory responsibilities. This is not only…

Part 1: Broadcasting, Communications and Scottish Independence

In this two part series, University of Glasgow Professor and Visiting Professor at LSE Philip Schlesinger, comments on the white paper on independence put forth by the Scottish Government. In this first post he explains the context of the proposals for the broadcasting and communications in Scotland’s Future, suggesting that even without independence, they can…

Bedroom tax may save less than estimated as tenants move to the private sector

Research into the first five months of the implementation of the Social Rented Sector Size Criterion underoccupation penalty, popularly known as the ‘Bedroom Tax’,  suggested ministers may have significantly overestimated the savings it is likely to generate. The analysis – which ran real data collected by four housing associations since April through a model used in…