Senior Vice Principal's Message

Welcome to the Academy of Government at the University of Edinburgh. The
Academy has one fundamental aim: to help train the next generation of leaders in
public service.

Professor Charlie Jeffery

Senior Vice Principal, University of Edinburgh

Welcome to the Academy of Government, the University of Edinburgh's interface between the academy and the professional world of public policy. The primary mission of the Academy is simple: to train the next generation of leaders in public and international affairs through advanced, professional, and inter-disciplinary programmes.

Our Master of Public Policy - the first in the UK - launched in September 2011. This programme is inter-disciplinary and engages multiple levels of governance - sub-national, national, international - in the search for effective solutions to pressing policy challenges. The programme can also be taken on a flexible, part-time basis, allowing mid-career professionals from the public or private sector to enhance their existing skills and gain new ones that will enable them to become leaders in their field.

The Academy builds on the best of Edinburgh as the location of one of the world's top 20 universities and as the seat of Scotland's government [1].

The University of Edinburgh hosts some of the worlds leading researchers and analysts working on public policy at Scottish, UK, European and global levels, and on the key policy challenges our societies need to confront. The Academy draws on internationally recognised researchers in the fields of health, education, welfare, environment, energy, climate change, security, and development amongst others.

The University has a long tradition - extending back to the Enlightenment - of applying its scholarship to the public policy challenges of the day. It does so through its international expertise - on Africa, the Middle East, China, South Asia. It does so in cooperation with the European Union through one of the world's longest established centres of expertise on European integration, the Europa Institute. And it does so through its engagement with policy makers in the UK and in particular in Scotland.

Scotland has one of the most powerful sub-state governments worldwide, and one of the most open. The Academy has an immensely rich set of relationships with the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament. University of Edinburgh academics played a central role in designing those institutions, and their work since has been one of the main sources of advice and expertise Government and Parliament draw on in serving the needs of Scotland's people.

The Academy of Government has been established as a crossover point of expertise on policy challenges at Scottish, British, European and international scales and of work that crosses the boundaries of scholarship and policy practice. It is a powerful setting for building and developing careers in public policy and affairs.

I hope you will join us.


Professor Charlie Jeffery

Senior Vice Principal and Founding Director of the Academy


[1] QS 2014 World University Rankings ranked the University of Edinburgh =17th.