A central strand of our public affairs strategy is the promotion of research expertise and outcomes to enable evidence-based policy formulation or implementation. The University's Public Affairs Team facilitate interactions with elected members of national and local governments (Scotland, UK, Europe), and senior policymakers within those governments. At a local level, the team supports relations with the local authorities and community.

Key points of the strategy for policy and political engagement include:

  • Communicating with policymakers and influencers at Holyrood and Westminster and elsewhere
  • Keeping up to date with parliamentary and government activities at a devolved, UK and European level, from debating chamber through to the various committees and groups
  • Providing advice and training for staff seeking to engage with policy and policymakers

Key points of the action plan include:

  • Regular bulletins for parliamentarians and their teams in the North East of Scotland.
  • Range of meetings and events to raise the profile of University in Edinburgh, Brussels and London.
  • Range of meetings and events on University campus to facilitate engagement between parliamentarians, academics and local communities.
  • CPD events for staff and students in conjunction with our Researcher Development Unit