Scotland has world class research,
knowledge and expertise in its universities and academia. Tapping into academic
expertise is particularly important to the Scottish Parliament at this point in
time with the implementation of the Calman powers and the new powers associated
with the Scotland Bill. Taxation, borrowing and welfare powers are areas of
particular challenge but, more generally, there will be an ever more complex
interplay between reserved and devolved matters, creating new challenges in
policy analysis and communication. Better access to academic expertise can help
with these challenges.
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
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.