Monday, 21 March 2016
Academic Engagement workshop at the Scottish Parliament
Dr Jill Mackay, Programme Co-ordinator for JMICAWE's online MSc International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law course, recently attended an Academic Engagement with Scottish Parliament workshop at the Scottish Parliament, organised by SPICe (who are responsible for writing research briefs etc. in parliament).
The aims of the day were to find out more about how parliament works, how legislation in Scotland is passed, and where academics can feed in to provide evidence-based policy. Parliament very much wants academic input and the Scottish Parliament values transparency, with much of its work online including what stage a bill is at and what amendments have been proposed, as well as any evidence gathering.
Jill came away with lots of ideas on how to better engage with policy makers in Scotland and making evidence based animal welfare heard. It was a very enjoyable day.