RSE response to the Scottish Government’s plans for establishing an independent public inquiry into the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic in Scotland.
The Celtic Academies Alliance, comprising the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Learned Society of Wales and the Royal Irish Academy have responded to the independent review of research bureaucracy.
The ongoing health crisis has had an uneven, detrimental impact across the board in the culture sector. Emergency funding provided by the Scottish Government has helped cultural organisations survive during the last two years, however, cultural organisations continue to operate with limited reserves and ongoing funding support from the Government is needed to ensure resilience in the sector.
The response advocates for a deeper and more meaningful level of engagement that is currently evidenced, founded on the co-development of policies and a strong grasp of the factors that contribute to lasting behaviour and culture change.
What does a resilient nation look like? How can government, industry, and society learn from the pandemic, the future risks and challenges, and what are the priority actions to build resilience?
The Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Education Committee recently prepared a response to the OECD review of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), commissioned by Scottish Government. This builds on the Committee’s representation in stakeholder sessions run by OECD this past autumn.
The RSE, in partnership with the Learned Society of Wales (LSW), Royal Irish Academy (RIA) and the Foundation for Science and Technology (FST), hosted an online roundtable in October. It discussed how the devolved nations can continue to build their research base and capacity, foster innovation and engage with the opportunities arising from the 2020 UK R&D Roadmap.
The review was commissioned by the Scottish Government and focuses on the role the sector can play in the economic recovery post-Covid, specifically the output of technology start-ups and spinouts in Scotland.
In addition to addressing the 6 questions posed by the consultation, the RSE response also highlighted several key themes for Scottish Government to consider, including Scotland’s priorities at the UK level, intergovernmental relations, and the macro-economic environment.