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Paul Grice awarded KBE in New Year’s Honours 2016

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 from its inception, June 2013.…


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Opportunity: Research Associate – Administrative Data Research Centre for Scotland

School of Social & Political Sciences, University of Glasgow Reference: 011275 Salary: Grade 7, £33,242 – £37,394 per annum This post is full time and open ended with funding to November 2017. This is an exciting opportunity for a candidate with strong quantitative research skills and an interest in social policy. The successful applicant will…


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Welfare Reform Network event launch summary

The Policy Scotland Welfare Reform Network was launched on Thursday 19th February at the University of Glasgow, with the event ‘Sanctions in Scotland: evidence, policy in practice and impacts’. This brought together over 40 people from a range of different sectors and perspectives for a lively and engaged discussion which sparked new ideas on how…


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Kelvin Smith PhD Project Opportunity – 2015/16

Public health – Using synthetic control methods to evaluate the impact of public service improvements The shift towards evidence-informed policy-making, exemplified by initiatives such as What Works Scotland, requires policy-makers to demonstrate the effectiveness of interventions. Given the practical, political or ethical difficulties of applying experimental approaches to many policy interventions, evaluation methods that use…

Event: Policy Reunion – Climate Change

Policy Reunion Event on Climate Change, sponsored by Paul Grice, Clerk/Chief Executive, Scottish Parliament. Date:  Tuesday 22nd April 2014 at 18:00 Venue:  Robert Burns Room (Committee Room 1), Scottish Parliament The Scottish Climate Change Act 2009 was the most significant piece of legislation approved by the Scottish Parliament in its third session 2007-2011. It built…

Ukraine, Kremlin propaganda and the Cold War trap

By Ammon Cheskin, Glasgow University Facebook can be a confusing place. For the follower of Ukrainian and Russian politics the messages could not be more different. At the same time that “Euromaidan PR” is posting pictures of “Putler” and accusing Russia of being a sick, backwards imperial bully, “Voice of Russia” is relaying to the…