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Reimagining education: Embracing interdisciplinary learning

Embracing interdisciplinary learning, the Scottish education system must shift from subject-driven curricula to a broader, connected approach to prepare students for the complex, global challenges of the 21st century.

The future of education in Scotland

Scotland must embrace comprehensive education reform to maintain its global standing and ensure a skills and learning system that is ready for the future.

Whither AI? UK productivity growth, a longer-run perspective

Explore how AI impacts UK productivity growth in a historical and future context, comparing past technological innovations to the present.

Competence at the core: Scotland’s tertiary system in a changing world

Douglas Morrison argues for a shift towards competence-based education, which integrates knowledge, skills, behaviours, and experiences as core principles for policy development.

The debate on productivity

Productivity really matters to us all; and is both misunderstood and under-discussed by many. Productivity is a key factor so far as economic performance is concerned.

Scotland: Europe’s whale watcher 

Whales and dolphins are among the most loved and recognisable creatures on the planet. While research into their behaviour is well-developed, there is still a lot to learn about their lives below the waves and how human actions impact their world.  

Third sector and local government: fixing a broken relationship

In response to the RSE report on the economic contribution of the third sector in Scotland, Dave Spencer on fostering a genuine partnership between the third sector and councils.

In the post-Brexit era, it’s time for the opt-in

Rebecca Christie, Senior fellow at Bruegel argues that by leveraging its regional leadership, the UK can shift the post-Brexit landscape towards cooperation and collaboration.

Private practice insights on post-Brexit compliance

By Peter Sellar One of the much-vaunted benefits of Brexit was that there would be less red tape. In legal terms, I suppose that meant fewer laws and thus less need to comply with otherwise burdensome rules and regulations, a free-er marketplace in which, I imagine, businesses would thrive more than would be the case…

Brexit and the Brussels Effect

David Gow on navigating the post-Brexit landscape as Scotland’s pursuit of EU regulatory alignment faces hurdles. While Brussels forges ahead with new standards, can Scotland keep pace? Gow shares insights from a workshop which sheds light on the challenges and the elusive quest for harmonization.

EU-Scotland relations after Brexit: where next?

Dr Kirsty Hughes discusses Brexit’s legacy in EU-Scotland relations, arguing that while polls suggest UK’s reconsideration of EU ties, discussions remain elusive. In Scotland, EU relations are vital, so what’s next for this crucial partnership?

Attitudes and narratives on immigration: is Scotland really different?

Dr Saskia Smellie explores Scotland’s unique stance on immigration; looking at the latest research and Scottish attitudes towards migrants and its distinctive narrative landscape and how it differs from the rest of the UK.

What might Scotland learn from the EU on food system transformation?

Professor Alan Matthews discusses how the EU’s revamped Common Agricultural Policy emphasizes sustainability and climate action, with eco-schemes and carbon farming initiatives paving the way for greener agriculture. He argues that as Scotland debates its Agriculture Bill, lessons from EU reforms offer valuable insights.

Agriculture and food: from production subsidies to balancing support for farmers’ livelihoods with promoting the green transition and food security

Professor Maggie Gill shares insights from the Scotland-Europe Initiative workshop on Food and Agriculture, which touched on Europe’s implementation of the Farm to Fork Strategy, the delivery of the Just Transition in Scotland, and the definition of ‘high-quality’ food.

Regaining lost ground in the Scottish research landscape

Frank Moeschler on regaining lost ground in Scottish research. As Horizon Europe and Copernicus gain momentum, he argues to leverage these platforms for collaboration, investment, and growth.

Rethinking creative expression in society

Scotland is on the cliff-edge of a cultural recession, argues Wasps Chair Karen Anderson.

The bigger picture: Filmmaking education in Scotland

Sustaining Scotland’s emerging cultural cinema come sharply into focus, revealing an intricate dance between education and industry demands.

Taking care: The power of inclusive and sustainable architecture

Jude Barber advocates for an intersectional feminist approach when it comes to designing and building healthy, sustainable communities.