‘Hate incidents’ and freedom of expression: updated 10 April 2022  

Note added 10 April 2022 This blog provides a detailed discussion of police recording practices in Scotland in relation to "non-crime hate incidents". It was originally published on 29 January 2022, taking as its starting point an article published in…

Joint statement on Scottish Government plans to legislate for the self-declaration of sex

We are pleased that the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has intervened to draw attention to concerns around current plans for reform of the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) in Scotland, and to advise that “more detailed consideration is needed…

Gender recognition reform: what happened to the manifesto?

This blog examines recent developments on gender recognition reform and how the Scottish Government appears to have broken its commitment to actively engage with a range of stakeholders 'to identify the best and most effective way to improve and simplify…

Police Scotland policy on recording rape: how did it evolve and where does responsibility lie?

In recent weeks Police Scotland’s policy on recording the identity of those charged with the crime of rape has received considerable media attention. As revealed in a bluntly worded Freedom of Information (FOI) response we received in April last year,…

Who represents the interests of female staff in Scottish universities?

Summary In October 2021 we submitted Freedom of Information requests to fifteen Scottish Universities asking whether each institution has a single-sex, female-only staff network or representative body, if so, who membership is open to. The responses indicate that no university…