As part of the Scottish Government consultation on the Replacement of European Structural Funds in Scotland Post EU-Exit, the RSE jointly hosted two thematic roundtable discussions on skills and innovation. The roundtables brought together representatives from Scottish Government, skills and enterprise bodies, industry, and knowledge exchange organisations to discuss how funds could be used to support the development of innovation and skills in Scotland. The discussions were held under Chatham House Rule and chaired by Professor David Bell FRSE, Chair of the Scottish Government steering group which is overseeing the work on the consultation.
The roundtables build on the previous work of the RSE in this area, including a response to the Scottish Parliament Finance and Constitution Committee inquiry, and engagement with the Learned Society of Wales and Royal Irish Academy. Both discussions are summarised in a report which identifies the key points for both skills and innovation. This report has not been endorsed by the participants; and unless specified does not necessarily reflect the views of the RSE. As work develops on the replacement funding the RSE looks forward to proactively working with Scottish and UK Governments.
Read the report here.
Read the RSE response to the Scottish Parliament Finance and Constitution Committee here.