A portrait engraving of Frances Wright by John Chester Buttre. The image shows her with medium length curly hair, puffy sleeves and a waistcoat tucked into a belt tied tightly at her waist. She leans on a desk to her left and rests her face on her left hand.

Remembering Frances Wright on International Women’s Day

March 6, 2024

As we celebrate the cultural and political achievements of women around the world, here’s an introduction to the remarkable life and complex legacy of Fanny Wright, Scottish pioneer of feminism, anti-slavery, and secular thought. Who was Frances Wright? The Dundee-born…

Remembering Frances Wright on International Women’s Day
Brian Souter gesticulates with his arms as he speaks. He is wearing a blue suit with a stagecoach logo and has short brown hair, balding on top.

We comment on Humza Yousaf’s relationship with evangelical businessman Brian Souter

February 14, 2024

We were delighted to contribute our thoughts and findings on Brian Souter’s charitable interests for a piece in The Guardian on Humza Yousaf’s renewed relationship with the businessman. Severin Carrell’s article of 14 February reveals that Souter has given ¬£650,000…

We comment on Humza Yousaf’s relationship with evangelical businessman Brian Souter
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On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, here’s to the Edinburgh Seven

February 11, 2024

We explore the lives of seven pioneering medical students who shaped the course of scientific history and women’s rights. International Day of Women and Girls in Science is about recognising the achievements of women and girls across all fields of…

On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, here’s to the Edinburgh Seven
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Humanist Society interview series: Meet our new chair, Jennifer Buchan

January 29, 2024

Last year we welcomed a new Chair of Humanist Society Scotland, Jennifer Buchan. Jennifer is a registered Humanist Society celebrant and chaplain and has been involved with humanism for many decades. In this interview she tells us about her journey…

Humanist Society interview series: Meet our new chair, Jennifer Buchan
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The year ahead for humanism in Scotland

January 16, 2024

2024 looks set to be a busy and perhaps defining year for the humanist movement in Scotland. Here’s a rundown of the issues we’ll be working on and the gains we hope to make, from assisted dying to reproductive rights….

The year ahead for humanism in Scotland
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East Lothian council removes voting rights from religious reps on education committee

December 13, 2023

In another victory for local democracy and education policy, East Lothian Council has removed voting rights from unelected religious representatives on its education committee. The vote passed on 12 December by a margin of 11 to 10 following a public…

East Lothian council removes voting rights from religious reps on education committee
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Humanist Society seeking help on research project about faith schools

December 6, 2023

Humanist Society Scotland is exploring how religious approval requirements for teachers in denominational schools impact those with humanist and non-Christian beliefs. We want to hear from people with first-hand experience of the teacher-approval process, including teachers, former teachers, administrative staff,…

Humanist Society seeking help on research project about faith schools
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Humanist Society has its say on fair school votes for East Lothian

November 14, 2023

Humanist Society has responded to a local council consultation, arguing that religious reps’ voting rights on the local education committee should be removed. Our CEO Fraser Sutherland also spoke to The National about the need for elected officials to be…

Humanist Society has its say on fair school votes for East Lothian
Dave Brackenridge, wearing a black jumper with a microphone in his hand and lectern infront of him, evangelises to an audience live on YouTube.

Humanist Society comments on links between evangelical pastor and charity working in primary schools

November 13, 2023

An article in The National reveals that Dave Brackenridge is the CEO of Rookie Rockstars, a charity operating in several Scottish primary schools. He was recently recorded making comments about the First Minister, Rishi Sunak (whom he mistakenly calls a…

Humanist Society comments on links between evangelical pastor and charity working in primary schools
Jennifer Buchan delivers our opening thoughts at the conference. She has blonde hair and a red shawl and stands at a podium.

Humanist Society Conference 2023: chair’s opening speech

November 1, 2023

On Friday 27 October 2023 at Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh, our chair Jennifer Buchan delivered the opening remarks for our annual conference, on the future of abortion rights in Scotland. We are delighted to publish Jennifer’s speech here. In it, she…

Humanist Society Conference 2023: chair’s opening speech
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Edinburgh Council removes voting rights from religious reps on education committee

August 31, 2023

Humanist Society Scotland is delighted that¬†Edinburgh Council has voted to remove voting rights from unelected religious representatives on its education committee. Since the start of May, five councils (Edinburgh, Stirling,* Fife, Highlands, and Orkney) have voted to remove these undemocratic…

Edinburgh Council removes voting rights from religious reps on education committee