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25 Years of Devolution: Conference

Old College


MacLaren Stuart Room,
Old College


Fri 17 May 2024

This half-day conference brings together leading academics and practitioners to reflect on 25 years of the Scottish Parliament


MacLaren Stuart Room G.159, Old College Law

08:30-09:00 – Arrival with welcome tea / coffee and pastries

09:00-10:00 Panel 1: Beginnings (with the Association of Former MSPs).


  • Professor Alice Brown (Chancellor, Abertay University; Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Edinburgh; CSG Member)
  • Jim Gallagher (Director General, Devolution, Ministry of Justice, 2007-2010)
  • David Rogers (Director, Constitution and Cabinet, Scottish Government, 2012-2024)
  • Rhona Brankin (Former MSP, 1999-2011)

10:00-10:15 – Break

10:15-11:30 – Panel 2: Elections and Voters


  • Professor Ailsa Henderson (University of Edinburgh)
  • Dr Fraser McMillan (University of Edinburgh)
  • Professor Richard Wyn Jones (Prifysgol Caerdydd)
  • Dr Jac Larner (Cardiff University)
  • Dr Jamie Pow (Queen’s University Belfast)

11:30 – Tea / Coffee break

11:45-13:00 – Panel 3: Parliament and Political Institutions


  • Professor Meryl Kenny (University of Edinburgh)
  • Dr Marc Geddes (University of Edinburgh)
  • Dr Davide Vampa (University of Edinburgh)
  • Dr Elisenda Casanas Adam (University of Edinburgh)
  • Professor Cristina Leston-Bandeira (University of Leeds)

13:00 – Close

Organised by Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, with the Centre on Constitutional Change and the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law.

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