Scotland Policy Panel

The Scotland Policy Panel acts as a two-way link between the profession and government in Scotland.

Its main tasks are to provide feedback into government thinking and to proactively raise matters of relevance with government.  The policy group comprises senior members from Scottish industry, academia and professional organisations engaged with Scottish issues.

The policy panel operates under the title "Engineering Policy Group Scotland".

In fulfilling its role the policy panel:

  • provides via the IET considered answers and steering information to Scottish Executive consultations and other reports on Scottish issues relevant to the profession
  • undertakes pre-emptive identification of issues applicable to Scotland's industry, educational system, social infrastructure and its engineering professionals
  • provides a definitive IET Policy strategy and position regarding Scotland
  • enables the IET to provide independent professional advice to Scotland's government

The policy panel's scope includes:

  • economic and political influences on Scotland
  • environmental impact of technology relevant to Scotland
  • national and European Community legislation change
  • emerging technologies likely to impinge on the Scottish economy
  • safety and security issues
  • engineering skills, skills attrition, education and recruitment within Scotland

List of panel members

Members of the Engineering Policy Group Scotland


Evidence to Holyrood Committees

The Engineering Policy Group Scotland provided oral and written evidence to the European and External Relations Committee of the Scottish Parliament in relation to their EU reform and the EU referendum: implications for Scotland inquiry. This can be found in the link below to the 2nd report 2016: EU reform and the EU referendum: implications for Scotland published on 19th March 2016.


Relevant reports

For further factfiles please go to Scotland factfiles  


Latest video


Relevant submissions

The IET responds to a number of submissions to Government, Parliament and the devolved Administrations each year. These can be found in the submissions archive (please select the relevant year).


Holyrood Briefings

  • February 2018 – Innovation in Scottish Agriculture, the Internet of Agricultural Things
  • October 2017 – Digital transformation in Public Service Delivery
  • November 2016 – Changing the face of Scotland’s power generation
  • November 2015 - Civil nuclear power opportunities for Scottish Engineering
  • November 2014 - The science of running smart cities
  • February 2014 - Exploiting Scotland’s shale gas opportunities
  • May 2013 - Women in STEM careers
  • September 2012 - Engineering Scotland's low carbon economy
  • March 2012 - Scotland's infrastructure plan
  • September 2011 - STEM skills and the Scottish economy
  • December 2010 - The future of oil and gas
  • June 2010 - Controlling transport emissions
  • February 2010 - Energy efficiency solutions for Scotland's built environment
  • September 2009 - Tackling Scotland's electrical energy challenge
  • December 2008 - Electronics and science: relevance to the Scottish economy
  • April 2008 - Energy challenge