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Race is on to reverse climate change

The 21st century is in the throes of unprecedented levels of human mobility. More people than ever before live in a country other than the one in which they were born. In 2015, their number surpassed 244 million, growing at a faster rate than the world’s population.

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Rachel Sandison, Director of Marketing, Recruitment & International at the University of Glasgow

Visa regime will hamper student flow into UK

In a week where Prime Ministers Theresa May and Narendra Modi met for the first time at the India-UK Tech Summit, the University of Glasgow’s largest-ever delegation visited India led by the University’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anton Muscatelli.

Jamie Livingstone, Head of Oxfam Scotland

The help promised to Malawi and similar countries cannot wait any longer

Just a few days ago, the governments of the world met in Marrakech in Morocco for the latest United Nations’ talks on climate change.

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Joan Thomson Learning and Teaching Coordinator (Fe/HE) at The open University Scotland

Taking students on a ‘learner journey’

The “learner journey” is a concept which crops up in most of the literature on education policy. It’s not exactly the most user-friendly of phrases – I wonder how many students would recognise it as describing their own experience – but it’s actually fairly straightforward.

Phd Psychology student Lee Curley photographed for brochure

Jury still out on merits 
of the Not Proven verdict

Scotland’s not proven verdict regularly finds itself in the dock in the court of public opinion. Most members of Holyrood’s justice committee supported its removal earlier this year.

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Get ready for the new industrial revolution

The industrial landscape in Scotland is far removed from the hectic, noisy production facilities of the past. The latest techniques, designs and equipment mean that modern manufacturing is highly efficient, organised and structured. But what will tomorrow bring? What do the Factories of the Future hold related to our future competitiveness? Indeed, what do our factories need to look like and how will they compete in global markets? The reality is, based on the powers of economics, if we don’t do something different, other countries will.

2015. Mark O'Donnell Chief Executive of Chest, Hearts & Stroke Scotland. from May 2015.

Volunteers at heart of charity work

This year, to mark St Andrew’s Day, the Scottish Government has started a new initiative to encourage people to share the spirit of our patron saint. The message is “Share for St Andrew, give 30 minutes for the 30” – an important sentiment at any time of the year, but even more so as we rapidly approach the Christmas season. It’s a familiar call, to carry out random acts of kindness, whether by supporting a neighbour, helping in your community or giving to a charity like Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland. But it’s a particularly welcome one on St Andrew’s Day, giving a timely reminder that it’s not only money that can make a difference, vital as that is.

Stuart Jacob SCSC

Give children the extra support they require

In 2015, 153,190 pupils in Scotland’s schools were identified as having Additional Support Needs (ASN), representing more than one in five of the pupil population (22.5 per cent). The number of those identified with ASN has increased by over 16 per cent since 2013, and is putting pressure on already stretched resources.

Jodie Martin, Leuchie House

Wanting to pay staff more isn’t the same as being able to do it

On the face of it, an increase of 20p an hour in the rate of pay for lowest paid workers seems like a reasonable ask. Yet the implications of this increase run much deeper than you might think, making it potentially prohibitive for many employers, including my own.

Andrew Strong, Assistant Director (Policy and Communication), Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (The ALLIANCE)

Radical and swift change needed in social security system

The social security system has been in a continual state of evolution ever since it was created in the 1940s, with the changing priorities of successive UK governments.

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Siobhan Jordan, Directior of Interface

Appliance of science is changing our health

Rarely a day goes by without an announcement about a groundbreaking development to improve our population’s health: life-enhancing medicines, technology or treatments to tackle 21st-century health issues, such as dementia, obesity, diabetes and cancer.

Susan Lowes, Marie Curie Policy & Public Affairs Manager, Scotland

We need fresh look at end-of-life care

If nothing changes, in the not too distant future we will be facing a crisis in caring for older and dying people in Scotland. Social care is at the heart of preventing this crisis.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01:  The Supreme Court where judges are to consider appeals over the 'bedroom tax' on March 1, 2016 in London, England. Also known as under occupancy or the spare room subsidy, the bedroom rax deducts 14% from the benefit of a tenant if they have an unused bedroom.  (Photo by Chris Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

Rules on public contract changes are clear as mud

Strict rules rightly govern contracts awarded by public bodies, and, in some cases, by utilities. Contractors must make clear not just their costs, but also exactly what they will do: so what happens when the buyer’s requirements change during a project? Recent regulations which sought to offer clarity have simply shifted this grey area.

A female cow

Rural sector facing big questions after decision

The thoughts of the Agriculture and Rural sectors are turning to potential changes in the wake of Brexit. The main concerns are trade and access to the single market; labour (free movement of persons); and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). There are many associated areas, such as environmental legislation and competition. However, it is highly likely current rules and regulations will continue to apply once we leave the European Union (EU), and even long after that.

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A grand townhouse which was formerly owned by a Lord Chancellor has been put on the market for �21 million.   See SWNS story SWHOME.  Number 28 Queen Annes Gate is six-storey property which has come onto the market as a family home for the first time in 70 years.  During the early 20th century, the Grade I listed mansion was the home of Lord Haldane, who was the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for War.  Lord Haldane, an Edinburgh-born Liberal who was a lawyer before entering parliament, would have found the home in the ideal location, with both Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament on his doorstep.  The property, built in 1704 and on one of Londons most historic streets, has been used for offices for a number of years.  But it has just undergone a high level refurbishment to become of of the finest homes available on the market in the capital

Nil rate band is not a zero risk option in complex Inheritance Tax landscape

Inheritance Tax is very emotive. Nobody likes paying it, particularly on savings put aside from hard-earned income, which has already been taxed. Any additional tax-free allowances are to be welcomed – usually!

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Pro-Brexit demonstrators protest outside the Houses of Parliament on November 23, 2016 in London, England. British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that she will not delay triggering article 50, the formal process of leaving the European Union, but wants to avoid a "cliff edge". (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Brexit means plan for Brexit - right now

While Brexit looks set to herald the most significant change to businesses’ operating environment in a generation, we don’t yet know what leaving the EU will actually mean for organisations on a day-to-day basis. With the UK Government tight-lipped about its nascent negotiating strategy, and with the commencement of negotiations months (and a not insignificant Supreme Court ruling) away, it might seem difficult for organisations to meaningfully plan for Brexit at this time.

The Outward Bound Trust St Machar Sept 2016 Gorge scramble.

Out to help children gain in confidence

It’s 19 September 2016. A crisp, clear morning at Loch Eil in the Highlands and a group of 108 children from St Machar Academy in Aberdeen are embarking on a five-day Outward Bound course where they will be challenged through a series of outdoor adventures in beautiful wilderness surroundings. Working with the students to build confidence, leadership and resilience is a team of experienced instructors and teachers from the school. But what is different about this particular programme is that alongside them are two Employee Ambassadors from Swagelok Scotland: Julie Ross and Nicola Johnston.

Francesca thomson in Malawi

Partnership with Malawi brings lessons in sisterhood

As a 17-year old-student in a £45 million school campus, it is almost unthinkable to imagine a school without three tremendous colour-coded floors, a glass ceiling with pyramidal details above our canteen area, a stash of interactive smart-boards just itching to be used and thousands of books, textbooks and jotters waiting for their spines to be creased.

Hannah Wooldrage

Guides in passion project that will change the world

What does it take to change the world? That was the big question Girlguiding Scotland asked girls aged 13-18 at the launch of Girlguiding’s campaigning project – Action for Change.

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Who says getting young fit is all but played out?

L ook through most newspapers on any given day and few people would envy the task of teachers. That said, few people would envy the job of those setting the agenda for teaching in Scotland either.

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