Open Government!

Think government should be more transparent, engaging and accountable? Here’s how to get involved in writing the UK’s new open government action plan.

Open government is the simple but powerful idea that governments and institutions work better for citizens when they are transparent, engaging and accountable.

As a member of the global Open Government Partnership, the UK and devolved governments must publish an open government action plan in June 2016, setting out clear, specific and measurable open government reforms for the next two years.  In the spirit of open government, this action plan is being co-developed by government and civil society, and its implementation will be monitored by the Independent Reporting Mechanism of the OGP.   Continue reading

Royal High School – NTBCC’s objection and details of an extension to the time for making comments

Historic Scotland are right to object to plans to turn Edinburgh’s magnificent old Royal High School into a luxury hotel.  New Town and Broughton Community Council, which represents local residents, is unanimous in its condemnation of the proposal which seeks to replace some later buildings with huge accommodation wings on either flank of Thomas Hamilton’s 1829 building. Despite their stepped-back design, if built, their sheer size will dominate the site and mar the stunning set piece of Greek revival architecture nestling in the contours of Calton Hill, itself topped by the unfinished National Monument.

Edinburgh can, and should, do better.

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Go Connect scheme

(adapted from an email from Erika Sella of the University of Edinburgh)

My department, the International Office, has been running the Go Connect scheme for a number of years. The scheme matches international students with Edinburgh families and community members to help them settle into University life, learn more about Scotland and enhance their experience of studying abroad. It is also a highly rewarding an enriching opportunity for local members of the community to learn more about different cultures and ways of life.

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