OUTREACH

Criminal Record Data:

Ensuring Employment & Upholding Data Subject Rights (CRED)

A criminal record has harmful ramifications on people’s financial and social security..
This policy focuses on facilitating access to employment for people with a minor or old criminal conviction. It calls for legal change at the public level, banning the disclosure of criminal records at such an early stage at the employer level, and the promotion of data subject rights at the individual level through job centres and unions.

Improving University Education in Light of COVID-19

With the COVID-19 pandemic upending the world of higher education, how can university students remain engaged with their learning? This report examines the impact of COVID-19 on undergraduate students in Scotland, with a particular focus on academic education and communication. Looking forward, it also details recommendations to support universities with mitigating the consequences of the pandemic for students.

 MSAASH

 How can homelessness be tackled in Scotland? This policy paper takes on a multi-sector approach, providing recommendations for financial institutions, non-governmental organisations and the public sector to take action in order to alleviate this pressing issue.

SustainLABility:

Strategies for Reducing Plastic in our University's Laboratories

The University of Edinburgh's scientific research labs are often overlooked in the reduction of plastic waste on campus; this policy brief evaluates three strategies for improvement, advocating a take-back approach for plastic packaging.

Application of the ‘Open Government Concept’ to WASH Provision in Nigeria

How can governments use technological and democratic innovations to make the provision of basic services more efficient? This paper identifies problem areas in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) provision and proposes three policies in the field of open government initiatives to increase its efficiency.

Improving Edinburgh's Bike Hire Scheme for Students

How can Edinburgh improve its bike hire scheme to provide more accessible low-carbon transport for students? This policy paper outlines four new pricing options to increase the accessibility of the Edinburgh's "Just Eat Cycle" hire scheme to student cyclists

CERT: Contraception Education Reform Team 

This policy brief demonstrates that increasing discontinuation rates of contraception must be addressed by creating a national framework of care and education on issues of contraception within Scotland. A need exists for motivated reform within the medical domain: to legitimise individual reports of side effects and attempt to address these reports in a comprehensive manner. 

 Food for a Wellbeing Economy:

True cost accounting for an inclusive and sustainable food system in Scotland

How is the cost of food defined? How do you know if the food that is personally 'cheap' for you is not socially and environmentally expensive? This policy proposal focuses on the True Cost Accounting system as a means to a more nutritious, sustainable food security vision that can be foundational for the Scottish wellbeing economy.

 From "Making the case" to Questions of Implementation:

Overcoming the Implementation Challenges of Univeral Basic Income

Universal Basic Income (UBI) has gained popularity in recent decades as a possible solution to problems arising from changing labour relationships, technological automation, and increasing economic inequality. Despite considerable advocation, scholarship has largely neglected to identify that such a policy will carry certain implementation challenges that differ from existing social assistance programmes. 

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