Academic Engagement in the Scottish Parliament


Scotland has world class research, knowledge and expertise in its universities and academia. 

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) is the internal parliamentary research service for Members of the Scottish Parliament. SPICe relies on access to expert information and this is gleaned from many sources, including academic expertise. 

SPICe is building on existing engagement practices to allow Parliament to better understand what is happening in academia (and vice versa). This will help to strengthen links with Scotland's universities and other professional bodies - with the aim of improving the service we provide to our Members.

Further information:

Academic engagement in the Scottish Parliament

Research Impact

SPICe works with other UK legislatures to inform the development of guidance and assessment criteria for REF 2021.

Scottish Parliament Academic Fellowship Scheme

The Scottish Parliament invites bids to its academic fellowship scheme. It enables academics to work in Holyrood on projects related to parliamentary business

Student Placements

SPICe hosts a number of PhD student placements each year. Students produce briefings on topics related to parliamentary business.

Contact Academic Engagement

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