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
Academic engagement in the Scottish Parliament
SPICe works with other UK legislatures to inform the development of guidance and assessment criteria for REF 2021.
The Scottish Parliament invites bids to its academic fellowship scheme. It enables academics to work in Holyrood on projects related to parliamentary business
SPICe hosts a number of PhD student placements each year. Students produce briefings on topics related to parliamentary business.