A core principle of humanism is understanding the importance of evidence-based, rational enquiry.

Humanist Society Scotland regularly reviews, analyses and comments on research related to our policies and campaigns. We also occasionally commission our own research.

Religion and Education Survey 2012

At the beginning of April 2012, HSS commissioned YouGov to survey 1000 Scottish parents of children aged 5 to 16 to find out if they were aware of their rights.

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Religion in Scotland survey 2011

In January 2011 HSS commissioned independent research into religious belief in Scotland, to show that the census question was bias toward religious identification.

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Religion in Scots Law: An Audit

Humanist Society Scotland commissioned this research in November 2014. The motivation for this commission came from the increased public and political awareness of the changing role of religion and belief in Scottish public life.

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Exposé of unelected religious representatives

The Enlighten Up campaign calls for removal of unelected religious representatives from Local Authority Education Committees and exposes worrying details of current religious representatives in a new report.

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Collective Worship and Religious Observance in Schools

The Arts and Humanities Research Council has produced a major new report covering Religious Observance.

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Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life

An independent commission established by Cambridge’s Woolf Institute.

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Why become a member of Scotland's Humanist charity?

We are a democratic membership charity. Join us today to get involved in our campaigns to make Scotland a more secular, rational and socially just country.

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What is Humanism?

Humanists are people who share common values, such as science and rational enquiry, and who seek to live ethical lives based on reason and compassion.

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