Forthcoming Holyrood Events

Next Steps For Lobbying In Scotland

15 November 2017
Lobbying is an essential part of democratic society.  Ensuring that communications between politicians and organisations seeking to influence political processes are ...

Next Steps for Affordable Housing

16 November 2017
This briefing will consider the latest policies, developments and good practice in increasing affordable housing in Scotland. The context In June 2017, the Scottish Government allocated £1.75...

Workforce Planning in Health and Social Care

22 November 2017
Part 1 of the National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan was published in June 2017, with Part 2 due to be published this autumn. The plan begins the Scottish Government's...

Building Regulations In Scotland – Ensuring People’s Safety

23 November 2017
This briefing will consider building regulations, laws and how to implement them to ensure people’s safety. The context Recent high profile and tragic incidents have demonstrated the...

Improving Delayed Discharge: Shifting The Focus From Beds To People

29 November 2017
One year on since the integration of health and social care in Scotland officially went live, the approach taken by the health, housing and social care sectors to address the issue of delayed...

Universities and Their Role in Economic Growth

29 November 2017
Within the Scottish Government’s ambition for a modern, competitive, and inclusive economy is an inherent and crucial position for higher educational institutions born of their unique capacity to...

Tackling the Disability Employment Gap in Scotland

30 November 2017
Around 40% of working age disabled adults are in employment, compared with more than 80% of adults with no disability. The Scottish Government’s A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People sets out...

A Sporting Chance: Priorities For Sports Participation, Promotion and Culture

30 November 2017
This event will examine key priorities for sport in Scotland: from the continuing legacy of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to initiatives for getting more people involved in sport and activity...

Improving Charity Fundraising: Standards, Innovation and Practice

30 November 2017
This briefing will examine the latest regulatory developments, opportunities and innovation in charity fundraising. The context Charity fundraising has been in the spotlight recently with a...

Scottish Public Service Awards

4 December 2017
Building on the enormous growing success of the previous three years, we are delighted to announce details of this year’s Awards for 2017. The Scottish Public Service Awards will once again recognise...

Scotland's Approach to Drugs: Reducing Harm and Risk

5 December 2017
Drug-related deaths in Scotland hit a record high in 2016, increasing by 23%. Scotland's DRD rate is over two-and-a-half times higher than the rest of the UK, begging the question, what next for...

Local Government Explained

5 December 2017
'Scotland’s councils are operating in an increasingly demanding environment. New and returning councillors face major challenges...it is more important than ever that councillors provide effective...

Improving Energy Efficiency in Public Sector Buildings

5 December 2017
Energy efficiency is a National Infrastructure Priority and significant amounts of funding are being invested into improving the energy efficiency of Scotland’s building stock. EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT...

Reducing Reoffending Through Learning, Training and Employability Skills

5 December 2017
This briefing will examine the latest development and practice in supporting learning, training and employability skills within justice settings. The context There’s clear evidence that...

Freedom of Information 2017

6 December 2017
Recent developments have stimulated renewed interest in how governments use and share information and what impact this has on government efficiency. In Scotland the trend has been towards making...

Widening Access to HE in 2018: Next Steps

7 December 2017
This briefing will provide an up-to-date understanding of what more your institution can do to support students from non-traditional backgrounds. We’ll examine issues surrounding widening access,...

Next Steps for Scotland’s Creative and Cultural Industries in 2018: Funding, Skills, and Young People

12 December 2017
With Creative Scotland celebrating the future of the industry through their 2018 Year of Young People and the Scottish Government recently announcing additional funding for the creative sector, join...

Implementing the Dementia Strategy 2017-2020

13 December 2017
The Scottish Government’s Dementia Strategy 2017-2020 puts the individual at the centre of care, setting a continued commitment to improvements at all stages of the care journey. Additional...

Supporting Carers – Getting Ready for the Carers (Scotland) Act

14 December 2017
This briefing will consider agencies’ new duties and responsibilities to support carers under the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016, commencing 1 April 2018, as well as existing good practice. EARLY BIRD...

Next Steps for Low-Carbon Energy in Scotland: Planning, Innovation and Skills

23 January 2018
This event will explore priorities and potential for Scotland as a leading low-carbon nation from commercial considerations to investment, innovation, and infrastructure. Scotland’s future is low-...