Political Engagement

The University works with local councillors, MSPs at Holyrood and MPs and Peers at Westminster in a number of ways.

We can help staff and students:

  • Understand parliamentary processes and procedures
  • Identify the politicians, at all levels who might be the most relevant for you to contact about your research, to invite to attend events or visit your facilities
  • Provide you with briefings on politicians including their areas of interest and previous interaction with colleagues in the University
  • Identify the parliamentary inquiries and government consultations to which you may wish to respond and/or give evidence
  • Help make links with relevant parliamentary committees, cross-party and all-party groups to which you could contribute
  • Respond to correspondence from politicians and their offices
  • Understand the requirements of the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016

Learn more about getting involved with lobbying and view the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 

It is important that politicians understand the work that the University does, including its research, teaching and learning. It is equally important that they are fully aware of the role we play within the community, the nation and the world in addressing major challenges in education, health and the economy, as well as in social, environmental and cultural spheres.

We can help politicians:

  • Understand what the University does, how it works and the ambitions within our Strategy2030
  • Identify who they should speak to within the University on key projects and areas of research, to understand our funding streams, student recruitment strategy including meeting widening participation targets and to visit areas of interests such as our special collections
  • Source an expert briefing on a particular subject for a debate, Committee evidence session or to help shape policy
  • Learn more about why the University of Edinburgh is vital to Scotland’s education, economy, health, culture and its local, national and international profile

Contact us

Lynn McMath

Deputy Director, Stakeholder Relations

Stakeholder Relations

Communications and Marketing

Email: lynn.mcmath@ed.ac.uk

Stuart Tooley

Head of Public Affairs

Head-shot of Stuart Tooley

Stakeholder Relations

Communications and Marketing

Email: stuart.tooley@ed.ac.uk

Frances Johnson

Stakeholder Relations Officer

Stakeholder Relations

Communications and Marketing

Email: frances.johnson@ed.ac.uk