Posts Tagged ‘higher education’

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

You can find lots more useful government publications on the UWS Government Publications blog.


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Here are some potentially useful government publications from December (and a few more from November too):


Higher Education

Building a Smarter Future: Towards a Sustainable Scottish Solution for the Future of Higher Education

This Green Paper aims to encourage responses that will inform the Government’s HE strategy.  A summary version is also available.


Sports Studies

Evaluation of the Cashback for Communities ‘Schools of Football’ programme

An evaluation of the Schools of Football programme, which “offers a school-based diversionary activity to young people between the ages of 12-14 years”.

A Games Legacy for Scotland — Annual Update 2010

A progess report on the legacy planning for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.


Biological Sciences/Earth Sciences/Environmental Sciences

 Statistical Publication: Agriculture Series: Final Results from 2010 June Agricultural Census

Gives statistics such as number of people employed in agriculture, area used for production of crops, number of animals raised, etc.  Includes 10 year trends for many statistics.


Health Sciences

Healthy Lives, Healthy People

Department of Health document about the new public health strategy for England.

Food and Drink in Scotland: Key Facts 2010

Includes fruit and vegetable consumption, obesity levels, distance to supermarket, etc.

Biological Sciences/Chemistry/Health Sciences/Physics

Introducing New Technologies into the NHS Scotland – A Practical Guide for Industry 

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Health Sciences

The Scottish Health Survey: Topic Report: The Glasgow Effect

Report investigating the “Glasgow Effect” – higher levels of mortality and poor health are found in Glasgow, which cannot be explained by socio-economic circumstances.

Health in Scotland 2009 Time for Change: Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer

Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland 2009.  Covers life expectancy, health inequalities, problem drug use, pandemic flu, the anthrax outbreak amongst drug users and other health-care topics.

Higher Education

Capturing the Overall Economic Impacts of HEIs

University of Strathclyde investigation into the overall impact of Higher Education in Scotland.

Educating the next generation of scientists [link goes to PDF]

UK government report about the Department of Education’s efforts to get more school pupils taking maths and science to A-Level.

Environmental Sciences

Rural Funding: Opportunities Guide

Guide listing organisations for communities looking to access funding

A Low Carbon Economic Strategy for Scotland: Scotland – A Low Carbon Society

“The Low Carbon Economic Strategy (LCES) is an integral part of the Government’s Economic Strategy to secure sustainable economic growth, and a key component of the broader approach to meet Scotland’s climate change targets and secure the transition to a low carbon economy in Scotland.”

Carbon Assessment of the 2011-12 Draft Budget

As part of its aim of becoming a low carbon government, and to comply with the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, the Scottish Government has published this report assessing the carbon impact of the 2011-12 draft budget.

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The Westminster and Holyrood Governments publish a number of reports that may contain useful information for scientists. These include:

Health Sciences/Sports Studies

The Scottish Health Survey 2009 – Summary of Key Findings

The Scottish Health Survey looks at the health of people living in private households in Scotland.  It covers areas such as general health and long-term conditions, mental health and wellbeing, eating habits and levels of physical activity.  A technical report giving in-depth information about how the survey was conducted is also available.

Long-term Monitoring of Health Inequalities – Headline Indicators – October 2010

Reports on the correlations between socio-economic deprivation and mental wellness, life expectancy, risk of heart attack, low birth-weight, etc.

Environmental Science

Scotland’s Offshore Wind Route Map: Developing Scotland’s Offshore Wind Industry to 2020

Sets out “the opportunities, challenges and the priority recommendations for action … to realise Scotland’s full potential in offshore wind”.  According to this report “Scotland has an estimated 25% of Europe’s offshore wind potential”.

Conserve and Save: Energy Efficiency Action Plan

The Energy Efficiency Action Plan sets out the Scottish Government’s approach to energy efficiency and microgeneration of energy.

Higher Education

Attainment in Higher Education and Destinations of Qualifiers 2008-09

Statistics on  qualifications achieved by students at Scottish colleges and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and the first destinations of qualifiers from HEIs.

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Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) Briefings are impartial research briefings written by research specialists based at the Scottish Parliament.  If you are researching a topic where there has been recent legislation or discussion in Parliament you might find that SPICe has prepared a research briefing.  These are excellent clear documents covering both the legal issues surrounding the topic and background information from a Scottish viewpoint.

SPICe briefings from the current session of the Scottish Parliament have included:

Invasive Non-Native Species (June 2010)

Hill Farming (May 2010)

Flooding : Frequently Asked Questions (April 2010)

Barriers to Widening Access to Higher Education (February 2010)

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A roundup of recent science and higher education news …

Suggestions for saving money in HE

From Times Higher Education: “Running university terms in shifts and replacing the research excellence framework with a Facebook poll are some of the ideas submitted as part of the government’s online appeal for cost-saving ideas …”

BBC article about the complicated issues around calculating the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions.  A spokesman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change said: “At face value UK emissions look like they have decreased 15% or 16% since 1990. But if you take in carbon embedded in our imports, our emissions have gone up about 12%. We’ve got to be more open about this.”

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