Buchanan Institute

Scotland's only student-led think tank!


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Welcome to The Buchanan Institute, Edinburgh's first and Scotland's only student-led think tank, and join us on Facebook!


We aim to fundamentally change how students engage with the public sphere. Rather than merely protesting against what is wrong, students can, through Buchanan, put forward their own alternatives. It is part of the student think-tank movement that has been growing quickly across the UK and around the world.


It turns ideas into concrete policy proposals that strive to influence political action. The Buchanan Institute generates, articulates and spreads the ideas of students, striving to turn them into reality. Through initiatives such as matching project teams with academic mentors, Buchanan also draws upon the expertise of leading academics. The Buchanan Institute brings people together to think, learn, discuss, research, and gain invaluable experience. It is non-partisan, centred around evidence and open to everyone, and thus inspires dialogue that may otherwise not be heard.


We hold weekly wednesday sessions (5pm at LG.11, David Hume Tower) to discuss proposals and catch up on what events we have planned. It is a great way to look at our resources and discuss the process which you can take part in. 


Don't hesitate to email us with any enquiries: contact@buchananinst.org

Check out our website for further information: http://buchananinst.org/

Communications Director
Yuen Sun Yee Yuen
Conference Director
Zofia Pastuszka
Nina Pusic
Publicity Director
Haaziquah Tahir
Research Director
Oliver Berry
Ellen McIntosh
Katherine Trafford
Gregor Phimister
Welfare Coordinator
Sanjna Yechareddy