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Big brands cashed in on Covid-19, study finds

Major producers of alcohol, junk food and soft drinks have used Covid-19 to promote products at the expense of public health, research suggests. [23 Sep 2020]

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Researchers to investigate impact of Covid-19 on African elections with UK Government funding

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science (SPS) have received £367,000 from the UK Government to investigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on elections in Africa. [07 Sep 2020]

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The British Academy names SPS academic as new Vice-President (Public Policy)

Professor Christina Boswell has been appointed as the new Vice President (Public Policy) at the British Academy, and will take up her role in August 2021. [19 Aug 2020]

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Professor John Peterson memorial fund invites donations to support postgraduate students

A new fund has been set up in memory of University of Edinburgh Politics Professor John Peterson to support postgraduate students, and is now open for donations. [17 Aug 2020]

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SPS Social Work graduates fast tracked for a key role in the community

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s cohort of Master of Social Work students qualified early from the School of Social and Political Science, to give their support to the people, communities and families in Scotland. They share their experience in a new article in the University’s Edit magazine. [06 Aug 2020]

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New report launched on race equality in Scotland

More than twenty years after devolution, a new report assesses how race equality has developed in Scotland, and where it may be headed in the years to come. [28 Jul 2020]

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Transforming a sense of solidarity in Europe

An Edinburgh researcher and interdisciplinary collaborators are investigating the role played by emotions in politics, and how this might explain current relationships between states and people in Europe. [22 Jul 2020]

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New short film created to strengthen social work practice and improve the experience of families

A powerful short film showing the perspectives of six women involved with child welfare and protection has been created to improve the experience of families involved in these processes. [03 Jul 2020]

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Care home study maps lockdown impact on families

A new study is to gauge how lockdown restrictions have affected the families of care home residents. [03 Jul 2020]

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SPS expert’s advisory group reports UK plans could trigger fall in migration

The UK's proposed new immigration system could halve the number of people coming to Scotland, risking labour shortages in key sectors, warns an expert group chaired by the School of Social and Political Science’s Professor Christina Boswell. [02 Jul 2020]

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