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These publications from the Westminster and Holyrood governments may be of interest to scientists:

Scottish Health Survey 2010 – Volume 1: Main report

Health and Wellbeing in Schools Project – Final Report

Key Scottish Environment Statistics 2011

Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2009

Developing High Nature Value Farming and Forestry Indicators for the Scotland Rural Development Programme

Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics 2010

Sea Trout Fishery Statistics – 2010 Season

Salmon Fishery Statistics – 2010 Season

Putting Learners at the Centre – Delivering our Ambitions for Post-16 Education

Scottish Government Consultations

Consultation regarding African Horse Sickness (Scotland) Order 2012

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These publications from the Westminster and Holyrood governments may be of interest to scientists:

An Evaluation of Football Banning Orders in Scotland – Research Findings

“This report presents the findings from an evaluation of football banning order (FBO) legislation in Scotland. Football Banning Orders are a preventative measure designed to stop potential troublemakers from attending matches and/or otherwise engaging in violence or disorder linked to football.  … From the introduction of banning orders in late 2006 up to the end of November 2010, a total of 101 FBOs have been issued.”

Pesticide poisoning of animals in 2010 investigations of suspected incidents in Scotland

“The Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS) … investigates suspected poisoning of wildlife, beneficial insects, companion animals and livestock if there is evidence to indicate that pesticides or biocides may be involved.”

Scottish Shellfish Farm Production Survey 2010

A report on the effectiveness of cage-level and farm level fallowing for the control of diseases (BKD and sleeping disease) on large cage-based trout farms in Scotland

Progress Report: The Scottish Government’s Response to the Foot and Mouth Disease Review (Scotland) 2007


Annual Reports

Veterinary Laboratories Agency annual report and accounts 2010-2011 [PDF file]

Drinking Water Quality in Scotland 2010 Annual Report by the Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland


Scottish Government Consultations

Consultation on Fisheries Management in Luce Bay Special Area of Conservation


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The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report on Peer Review in Scientific Publications is now available online.

Pages from an open bookAmongst its conclusions the report states “[p]eer review in scholarly publishing, in one form or another, is crucial to the reputation and reliability of scientific research. Pre-publication peer review has evolved in a piecemeal and haphazard way to meet the needs of individual scientific communities. The process, as used by most traditional journals prior to publication, is not perfect, and it is clear that considerable differences in quality exist. However, despite the many criticisms and the little solid evidence on its efficacy, editorial peer review is considered by many as important and not something that can be dispensed with.”  The rest of the conclusions and recommendations can be read here.

Not sure what peer review is?  Sense about Science have a useful guide [PDF file]

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These publications from the Westminster and Holyrood governments may be of interest to scientists:

Planning our electric future: a White Paper for secure, affordable and low-carbon electricity [PDF file]

“This White Paper sets out the Government’s commitment to transform the UK’s electricity system to ensure that our future electricity supply is secure, low-carbon and affordable.”

Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals [PDF file]

An Evaluation of Football Banning Orders in Scotland and An Evaluation of Football Banning Orders in Scotland – Research Findings

Evaluation of the use of football banning order legislation in Scotland.

Recommendations from the Joint Action Group set up following the Football Summit on March 8, 2011

Scottish Government Consultations


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These publications from the Westminster and Holyrood governments may be of interest to scientists:

Review of the Climate Challenge Fund – Research Findings

“The Review of the Climate Challenge Fund has investigated in depth the impacts of 21 community projects across Scotland looking to reduce carbon emissions and explored how they have been successful. This short summary gives key findings drawn from the main report.”

Preparations for the roll-out of smart meters [PDF file]

Reports on progress made towards the installation of “smart” electricity and gas meters, which should be installed in all homes in Great Britain by 2019.

“Smart meters, together with real time in-home displays, can provide consumers with detailed information on their energy use and access to a wide range of off-peak tariffs. Smart meters also allow suppliers to collect meter readings electronically, provide more accurate bills and cut costs.” (more…)

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Photo of dolphinThe Scottish Government have published Scotland’s Marine Atlas, “an assessment of the condition of Scotland’s seas, based on scientific evidence from data and analysis and supported by expert judgement”. 

This publication includes a huge amount of information that will be useful to biology and environmental science students, and to people studying marine-related aspects of other disciplines.

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These publications from the Westminster and Holyrood governments may be of interest to scientists:

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Annual Report and Accounts 2009 – 2010 [PDF file]

Includes summaries of recent research breakthroughs, information about strategic impact, bibliometric data, etc.

Climate Resilient Infrastructure: Preparing for a Changing Climate [PDF file]

A lengthy report from the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs covering the potential impact of climate change on infrastructure such as bridges, roads and power stations.

Government response to the Scottish Affairs Select Committee Report on the Video Games Industry in Scotland [PDF file]

Covers age-restricted games, taxation, intellectual property, etc.

Scottish Government Consultations

Securing the Benefits of Scotland’s Next Energy Revolution: Consultation Responses

Marine Scotland: Scottish Marine Regions: Defining their boundaries Consultation Responses

Consultation Response Summary – Joint Consultation by Scottish Government and Food Standards Agency on a change to BSE Testing of Cattle slaughtered for human consumption

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An unusually large number of science-related publications were produced by the Holyrood and Westminster governments in March.  Here is a selection:

Biological Sciences/Environmental and Waste Management

Gamebirds: Code of Practice for the Welfare of Gamebirds Reared for Sporting Purposes.

Covers rearing, transportation and release of gamebirds.

2010 Review of Goose Management Policy in Scotland.

Examines future strategies for goose management in Scotland.  (Geese can be considered an agricultural pest in some areas of Scotland, due to their grazing activity.)  Stakeholder responses and the Scottish Government’s response are also available online.

Statistical Publication Agriculture Series: Results from 2010 December Agricultural Survey.

Our Rural Future: The Scottish Government’s response to the Speak Up for Rural Scotland consultation.

Marine and Freshwater policy documents.

Scotland’s National Marine Plan aims to provide “a planning framework to manage competing demands for the use of the sea whilst protecting the marine environment”.

 CAMERAS: Focus on Freshwater Science.

“The Co-ordinated Agenda for Marine, Environment and Rural Affairs Science (CAMERAS) was established to ensure that Scotland’s marine, environment and rural science supports delivery of the Scottish Government’s single purpose, ‘to create a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth’.”

Consultation on Seal Haul-out Sites.

A haul-out site is a location on land where seals haul themselves out to rest.  The Natural Environment Research Council can designate haul-out sites, which are considered suitable to protect seals from harassment.

Offshore wind energy

Blue Seas – Green Energy.  A Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy in Scottish Territorial Waters.  Part A The Plan

This plan contains proposals for offshore wind energy development in Scottish Territorial Waters up to 2020 and beyond.  It should be read in conjunction with Part B Post Adoption Statement.

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Here are some recent publications from the Holyrood and Westminster governments, which may be useful:

Sports Studies

Preparations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: Progress report February 2011 [PDF file]

Department for Culture, Media and Sport report, which “examines progress across the Olympic Delivery Authority’s construction programme, progress with how the Government is coordinating the Olympics programme, progress with the legacy from the Games and the cost of the Games.”

Environmental and Waste Management

Demographic Change and the Environment [PDF file]

Useful report from The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, giving independent predictions of the impact of UK population change on the environment.  The Commission believes “[t]here is a relationship between the size of the population and certain basic environmental services, such as water supply and quality, energy use and waste generation”.

International Review of Behaviour Change Initiatives

 “This report, commissioned as part of the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Behaviours Research Programme, reviews a range of behaviour change initiatives that have attempted to reduce the carbon intensity of consumption practices. It aims to enhance understandings of different approaches to behaviour change, and to explore the transferability of initiatives to the Scottish context.”

Scottish Government consultation documents: 

Consultation report on The Environmental Impact Assessment (Scotland) Regulations 2010

Regulations to Deliver Zero Waste: A Consultation on the proposed Zero Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2011

Public Bodies Climate Change Duties: Putting them into Practice: Consultation on Draft Guidance Required by Part 4 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009: Scottish Government Response

 Health Sciences

Health Promotion Guidance: Nutritional Guidance for Children and Young People in Residential Care Settings

Children and Young People’s Views and Experiences of Food and Nutrition in Residential Care

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Here are some recent publications from Westminster and Holyrood that may be useful:

All sciences

Research exploring the social and economic impacts of not retaining women in science and engineering.

Review into teacher education in Scotland.

Reports on visitor experience and satisfaction during visits to the four Scottish Science Centres (Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, Glasgow Science Centre, Dundee Science Centre and Satrosphere in Aberdeen).

Health sciences

  • Healthy Weight Communities – interim evaluation reports.

A full report and a report of key research findings about Healthy Weight Communities were published in January 2011.

“In June 2008 the Scottish Government announced their intention to establish pathfinder Healthy Weight Communities in a small number of areas across Scotland. This was part of the Healthy Eating, Active Living action plan and the main objective was to help them join up existing activities for greater impact, rather than generating new activity. Eight Healthy Weight Communities were selected in May 2009 and their funding continues until March 2011.”

Framework to improve the nutrition of pregnant women, babies and young children in Scotland.

Environmental Science

Creating Growth, Cutting Carbon: Making Sustainable Local Transport Happen [PDF file]

UK Government White Paper about funding for local transport: “Our vision is for a transport system that is an engine for economic growth, but one that is also greener and safer and improves quality of life in our communities.”

[It is not immediately obvious which sections of this report apply to the UK, and which are England only.  Information on Scottish transport policies can be found on the Scottish Government’s transport site.]


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Annual Report and Accounts 2009-2010 [PDF file]

Includes a lengthy section about outcomes from EPSRC-funded research.

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