Politics Explained is the ideal arena if you work in the public, private, media, or third sectors and wish to boost your career capabilities or if you simply want a better understanding of the institutions and mechanisms that influence the governance of Scotland.
Whether you communicate with political audiences on a regular basis, or just want a better understanding of how everything works, Politics Explained offers a range of training events designed to meet your needs. This event draws together leading exponents and experts from across government, academia and the media, providing delegates with a unique opportunity to learn from and interact with individuals who are operating in, or have operated at, the heart of politics.
This training course provides ample opportunity to discuss topics of the day with fellow delegates and speakers providing you with access to the highest level contacts in a number of different fields. Whether you require a better understanding of central or local government, the EU or the media, Politics Explained can offer a course to suit your needs.
In May 2011, Scottish politics entered unchartered waters as the nation’s first majority administration was elected. Given Holyrood’s electoral system was designed to reduce the likelihood of an overall working majority ever happening, it was all the more shocking that a party, the SNP, with a core belief in pursing independence for Scotland was elected into power for the next five years.
In the 18 months since, we have witnessed to-ing and fro-ing between the two governments at Westminster and Edinburgh in terms of how the referendum would work but now with the historic Edinburgh Agreement signed, there will be a referendum on independence in 2014.
Meanwhile, the business of government must carry on within the Scottish Parliament. This training event will examine the relationship between the different institutions, reflect on the legislative process set within the context of a march towards the independence referendum and offer an insight into the constitutional negotiations.
Highly informative, interactive training courses providing knowledge and insight into the machinery of Scotland’s polity.
Speakers includeRt Hon. Henry McLeish (chair)
Former First Minister of ScotlandProf. John Curtice
Professor of Politics, University of StrathclydeTim Ellis
Head of Cabinet Secretariat, The Scottish GovernmentPaul Grice
Chief Executive and Clerk, The Scottish Parliament