Briefings

Women in STEM – Tapping All Our Talents

December 13, 2018

In November, the Royal Society of Edinburgh published their report, on women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). TAOT 2018 reviews what progress has been made in the last six years to increase the number of women working and studying in STEM in Scotland.


Disinformation and fake news: the state of play

December 11, 2018

Efforts are being made to better understand and to regulate the environment of ‘fake news’ in an increasingly poisonous and potentially dangerous political environment. Intervention is needed at government and at international level. A government White Paper is expected during the next six months. What issues should it address?



Empowering People and Places: What Works?

December 7, 2018

What Works Scotland (WWS) was established to improve the way local areas in Scotland use evidence to make decisions about public service reform and develop policy. This briefing outlines what happened at the first of their final conferences where this research was presented.


How well are councils in Scotland performing?

December 6, 2018

The Accounts Commission's annual financial overview of local government in Scotland was published at the end of November 2018. This briefing looks at the issues identified in each section of the report and summarises the key findings, focusing particularly on the prospects for the future.


In Conversation with… Alison Evison and Aileen Campbell

December 5, 2018

Kim Fellows is with Alison Evison, Aberdeenshire Councillor for North Kincardine & President of COSLA, and Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, speaking on the progress of the Local Governance Review.


The Planning (Scotland) Bill – showdown at Stage 3

December 4, 2018

Summary On 14 November, the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee finished considering amendments to the Planning (Scotland) Bill, introduced by the Scottish Government almost a year ago, and Stage 2 was complete. If Parliament approves it at Stage 3, the Bill will receive Royal Assent and become the…


Young Scot – an introduction

November 29, 2018

Young Scot is the national youth information and citizenship agency for Scotland, and currently have over 690,000 cardholders across Scotland. This briefing aims to introduce Young Scot to readers across Scotland and inform them about the wide range of things they offer to Scotland's young people.



Online Data Privacy – what does the public think?

November 27, 2018

Data privacy is a complex and contested issue, often obscured in jargon and compounded by a presence in and out of the media spotlight. This briefing summarises the findings of a Carnegie UK Trust report on online data privacy.