Month: November 2019

Many over-55s can’t cope with pension freedoms – it may now be time to scrap them

Dr David Comerford, Senior Lecturer in Economics, Stirling Management School For decades, the UK pensions industry could have been described as sleepy: a lack of vim and vigour borne of long time-scales and limited innovation. Come April 2015, everything changed. The UK government scrapped the system that all but forced retirees without final salary schemes to

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Why a new report attacking Scottish education policy is based on bad methodology

Marina Shapira, Lecturer in Quantitative Research Methods, Faculty of Social Sciences Camilla Barnett, Research Assistant, Faculty of Social Sciences Tracey Peace-Hughes, Research Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences Nicola Sturgeon famously said in 2015 that she should be judged on her record in tackling educational issues – especially her efforts to close Scotland’s persistent attainment gap between advantaged

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Jeremy Corbyn’s apparent hardline on indyref2 may make Labour prospects in Scotland even worse

Sean Kippin, Lecturer in Politics, Faulty of Arts and Humanities The issue of Scottish independence continues to tie the Labour party in knots. Jeremy Corbyn’s pronouncements during a visit to Glasgow are the latest example of Labour’s difficulties in maintaining its traditional role as the party of Scotland’s working classes and liberal intelligentsia – particularly

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Reflections on 20 years of devolution: a public debate

Peter Lynch, Senior Lecturer in Politics and Director of the Scottish Political Archive, discusses the public event to mark 20 years of the Scottish Parliament and the launch of a crowdfunder for the book The Scottish Parliament: A Graphic History. The event featured MSPs Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton), Keith Brown (Clackmannanshire and Dunblane) and Linda Fabiani (East

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Place2Think – How embedding reflective practice in teacher training leads to greater resilience in the classroom

Dr Kathleen Forbes, Trainer in Trainee Education, Faculty of Social Sciences This week, I had the pleasure to participate in a roundtable on reflective practices in initial teacher education. Chaired by the Deputy First Minister, the session saw education providers, policymakers, and mental health specialists from the third sector come together to discuss how encouraging

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Gambling and sport: how bookmakers win in voluntary ‘whistle-to-whistle’ advert ban

Dr Nathan Critchlow, Research Fellow, Institute for Social Marketing Dr Richard Purves, Research Fellow, Institute for Social Marketing When Huddersfield Town FC unveiled its 2019-20 match shirt emblazoned with an enormous sash bearing the logo of bookmakers Paddy Power, fans were horrified and took to social media to voice their disgust. But the “new” shirt

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Environmental governance and EU Exit: the state of play

Dr Annalisa Savaresi, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Arts and Humanities As discussion around the UK’s withdrawal for the EU continue, Dr Annalisa Savaresi considers the state of play regarding Brexit and environmental governance. The piece was first published on the blog of the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), where Dr Savaresi is currently undertaking a

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