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Brexit discussion event in Aberdeen

EDC Information Update

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An event, entitled Brexit: Scotland, the UK and EU27: Key Issues, organised by the Scottish Centre on European Relations takes place in Aberdeen at the Central Library on May 23rd.  Organised with the support of the European Commission in Scotland the panel will consider how, with less than a year to go, the Brexit talks are developing and the implications this has for Scotland.  There will be time for questions and answers.

The Speakers are:

Prof Claire Wallace, University of Aberdeen

Liam Smyth, Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce

Dr Craig McAngus, University of the West of Scotland

and the Chair is:

Dr Kirsty Hughes, Scottish Centre on European Relations

The event, which starts at 6.00pm on May23rd is free but you need to register in advance.

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SWOP Summer meeting hosted by GWL

Glasgow Women's LibraryOur next SWOP meeting will be on Wednesday 13th June at the Glasgow Women’s Library.

Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) is a national treasure! It is the only accredited museum in the UK dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements, with a lending library, archive collections and innovative programmes of public events & learning opportunities. Highlights from GWL’s collections include Suffragette postcards and jewellery, feminist posters and badges, archives of organisations such as Scottish Women’s Aid and UK Family Planning Association and knitting and dress-making patterns.

It was a finalist in CILIP’s Libraries Change Lives Award in 2017, for its weekly read aloud group, Story Cafe.

GWL has recently been shortlisted for the prestigious Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 – the only Scottish museum to make the shortlist this year, and the first nomination for a museum rooted in feminism.

Our visit will start with a tour of the collection followed by refreshments (and the meeting). You can book a place on this exciting visit via Eventbrite.

Please aim to arrive promptly so the tour can begin at 1.30 sharp.

Betting terminals, data ownership and mackerel – New Official Publications 08.05.18

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Newly published official publications from :

Westminster and the UK Government

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Fixed odds betting terminals “are electronic machines, sited in betting shops, which contain a variety of games, including roulette. The Gambling Act 2005 regulates gambling in Great Britain. Critics point out that it is possible to lose large amounts of money and claim that the machines have a causal role in problem gambling. The gambling industry says there is no evidence of a causal link with problem gambling.”

Interim Report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. “The Interim Report sets out what the Chair and Panel consider to be the key emerging themes from the Inquiry’s work to date and includes recommendations for specific changes which will better protect children from sexual abuse.”

The Microbiome and Human Health

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Avoidable Mortality, Realistic Medicine, and the Future of Europe – New Official Publications 23.04.18

University of Glasgow Library

Newly published official publications from :

Westminster and the UK Government

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Surgical mesh implants – “Mesh implants may be used in a number of surgical procedures to provide additional support when repairing weakened or damaged tissue. Over recent years attention has increased on what are thought to be infrequent but sometimes serious complications that may be associated with the use of this mesh in uro-gynaecological procedures to treat pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence.”

Parliamentary approval for military action – “The deployment of the Armed Forces is currently a prerogative power. Parliament has no legally established role and the Government is under no legal obligation with respect to its conduct. In 2011 the Government acknowledged that a convention had emerged whereby the House of Commons would have the opportunity to debate the…

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The EU Open Data Portal

EDC Information Update

Do you need to find and reuse EU Data for your research?

The EU Open Data Portal  is free and offers a single point of access to a wide range of data held by EU Institutions and bodies. Generally you can reuse the data free of charge, for commercial or non-commercial purposes, provided you acknowledge the source.

One of the advantages of this portal is that it enables you to link data from various sources automatically that can then be used in a new and creative way.

So to find out more about searching, reusing and linking EU data have a look at a new guide entitled Discover the EU Open Data Portal or check out this short tutorial.

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Brexit Roundup: Where Are We Heading?

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This is the latest    report from the Scottish Centre on European Relations (SCER)  a new independent and unaligned EU think tank, based in Edinburgh, that will inform, debate and provide up-to-the-minute, high-quality research and analysis of European Union developments and challenges, with a particular focus on Scotland’s EU interests and policies. This report covers topics from environment to devolution to trade to independence, it charts a rocky path ahead to any possible Brexit deal in the autumn – and the crucial question of whether such a deal will pass in Wesminster or face a further referendum vote on accepting it.

Government Information Group (GIG) Bursaries – CILIP Conference 2018

 Want to go to the 2018 CILIP Conference? Our bursary call is now OPEN!

Also remember nominations for our GIG Annual Award and Lifetime Achievement Awards are NOW OPEN. Find out more on our GIG Awards page. The closing date for nominations is 31st May 2018.

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The CILIP Conference is returning to Brighton this July with a fantastic line-up of keynote speakers, thought provoking seminars and essential workshops. Meet like-minded colleagues and make new connections for two days of knowledge sharing, discussion, debate and networking opportunities. The conference aims to leave you feeling inspired and passionate about the work that we do as professionals. To keep up to date on conference developments, follow @CILIPConf18 and #CILIPConf18 and visit the website cilipconference.org.uk. You can also register for the conference. Don’t worry – if you receive a bursary place, CILIP will refund you.

The Government Information Group (GIG) is delighted to be able to offer two bursary places to its members for attendance at the conference:

• the first bursary is offered by CILIP in recognition of GIG’s involvement with the conference;

• the second is being funded by GIG itself.

We particularly welcome applications from GIG members who have not previously attended the conference.

Find out more and apply.

Applications close on Friday 13 April.

 

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Cyber Crime, Chemical Weapons, and Fake News – New Official Publications 26.03.18

University of Glasgow Library

Newly published official publications from :

The Scottish Parliament and Government

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The impact of Brexit on Scotland’s Growth Sectors – “This briefing brings together the latest research on the economic consequences of Brexit, assessing the impact on six key sectors (referred to as Growth Sectors) of the Scottish economy. They are: Food & Drink; Sustainable Tourism; Life Sciences; Creative Industries; Energy; and Financial & Business Services. The methodology adopted is a mix of desk research and interviews, analysing the latest data and including the views of industry experts.”

Prescription (Scotland) Bill – “Prescription sets time limits after which legal obligations (and associated rights) will be extinguished. In day to day life a wide range of legal obligations are affected by prescription, making it important in practice. This briefing provides an introduction to the current…

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Houses of Parliament courses available from FutureLearn

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FutureLearn offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop.

Four interesting, free to access, online courses are available from the UK Parliament. You can sign up for email alerts to be alerted to course availability.

Introduction to the UK Parliament: People, Processes and Public ParticipationDate to be announced

UK Parliament Explored: Petitions.Date to be announced

UK Parliament Explored: the Work and Role of Select Committee.Available now

and Royal Holloway, University of London working with UK Parliament have produced:

Beyond the Ballot: Women’s Rights and Suffrage from 1866 to Today.Available now

Hannah Chandler, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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Sports, hurricanes and construction – New Official Publications 12.03.18

University of Glasgow Library

Newly published official publications from :

The European Union

General view of the Plenary chamber in Brussels – PHS Hemicycle – Plenary session week 46 2014

Sports Statistics 2018 Edition. “Thanks to cooperation between Eurostat and the Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC), such statistics have been disseminated regularly since 2015.”

Toward climate change impact:Vectors carrying viral infection : what we should know – Study.Mosquitoes and ticks can transmit viruses to humans. They can be either direct vectors without any intermediate host (as is the case for mosquitoes) or have an intermediate host (as is the case for ticks). This report provides; information about the vectors, viruses and the detection methods; the most recent literature data about their distribution, particularly in Europe; ZIKV in comparison with the recent extensive media attention given to this with the scientific results, in order to avoid the…

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EESC traineeships

EDC Information Update

Twice a year, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) offers traineeships for a period of five months to university graduates who are nationals of EU Member States, as well as to a number of university graduates from non-EU countries. (long-term traineeship).

In addition, the EESC can offer short, unpaid traineeships from one to three months to university graduates or university students who are required to complete their degree by undertaking a period of in-service training (short-term traineeship).

Further information is available here. The various traineeship options are also explained in the video below.

The next application deadline is 31 March 2018.

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Scottish Lobbying Register goes live

Reblogged from SPICe Spotlight | Solas air SPICe

Scottish Lobbying Register goes live on Monday 12 March

Lobbying has a long and controversial history. For some, lobbying is synonymous with corruption, impropriety and an imbalance of power between big business interests and the individual citizen.  For others, lobbying is a legitimate and positive activity which underscores the right of people to represent their own interests to elected politicians and administrators and to influence the direction of public policy.

In most Western democracies, lobbying is regarded as an important and legitimate part of the policy-making and legislative processes. That said, many states recognise that lobbying is potentially open to abuse and seek to regulate its practice to some extent. States may, for example, legislate to ensure that lobbying activity is carried out in an open and transparent way, though the scale and nature of such regulation varies widely between states.

The ‘cash-for-questions’ scandals of  the 1990s and early 2000s, led the UK Parliament to pass an Act – the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014, which, among other things, established a Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists to regulate direct communication between paid lobbyists and UK government ministers and senior civil servants (permanent secretaries and equivalent).

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Although Scotland has been untouched by such lobbying scandals, there has been a strong desire among politicians here to place lobbying activity above suspicion of improper influence. The Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 was, therefore, introduced to increase public transparency about certain types of lobbying. The Act introduces the concept of ‘regulated lobbying’ and places a statutory requirement on those who engage in regulated lobbying to register their lobbying activities.

If you are, or think you might be, engaged in regulated lobbying, you should know that the registration provisions of the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 come into force on Monday 12 March when the new Lobbying Register opens for business.

So, what is regulated lobbying and who needs to register?

You may be engaging in regulated lobbying if all or part of your work or business is to inform or influence decisions by the Scottish Parliament or Scottish Government, either on behalf of your organisation or on behalf of those who you represent, and if this involves speaking face to face (including by video-conference or using BSL) with any of the following:

  • a member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP)
  • a member of the Scottish Government (Cabinet Secretaries and Scottish Law Officers);
  • a junior Scottish Minister;
  • a Scottish Government Special Adviser; or
  • the Scottish Government’s Permanent Secretary

However, not all such communications will be regulated lobbying, as a number of exemptions might apply. You do not need to register, for example if, in your communications with any of the above:

  • you are raising an issue on your own behalf
  • you are raising an issue with an MSP who represents the constituency or region where you live or where your company or organisation is based or usually operates (unless the MSP is a member of the Scottish Government, or you are communicating on behalf of a third party)
  • you are not getting paid, directly or indirectly, for this activity
  • your company or organisation had fewer than 10 full-time staff at the time (unless you are communicating on behalf of a third party, or in a representative capacity)
  • your communication takes place during formal proceedings of the Scottish Parliament
  • your communication was in response to a request from any of those listed above
  • your communication was for the purposes of journalism
  • your communication involved discussing negotiations on terms and conditions of employment
  • your communication was made by or on behalf of a political party
  • your communication was made in the course of a parliamentary cross-party group meeting
  • you are already exempt because your public role or the public role or functions of your organisation are listed in the Act as being exempt

The Lobbying Registrar has issued more detailed guidance on the Lobbying Act and a Code of Conduct for Persons Lobbying MSPs.

If you want to find out more about lobbying and registration requirements you can refer to this guidance.  You can also email the office of the Lobbying Registrar at: lobbying@parliament.scot  or phone 0131 348 5408.

Denis Oag

Head of Research and Library

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