Key Points
  • Hear how COVID-19 has impacted the context of devolution in the UK
  • Gain key insights on how to work effectively with your counterparts in other departments to ensure positive long-term outcomes
  • Learn how to communicate across the devolved administrations to improve intergovernmental working
  • Understand the impact of Brexit and the UK Internal Market Act on how responsibility and spending powers are distributed

Event Overview

‘Devolution is a process. It is not an event, and neither is it a journey with a fixed end-point.’ The landscape of devolution in the UK is constantly changing and staying informed on the latest developments is crucial to ensure successful policy outcomes.

Join Westminster Insight’s Devolved Administrations Online Training to understand how current policy is expected to impact the distribution of power across the UK, and the processes used to make complex decisions.

You will have the opportunity to discuss the lessons learned from COVID-19 and Brexit, hear an update on the UK Internal Market Act, future funding allocations, and legislation affecting devolved administrations.

Our moderator and speakers will share best practice and explore solutions to encourage positive intergovernmental working across the devolved administrations, promote collaboration across the UK, and devolution proof your policy.

Course Leader

This event will be moderated by Professor Adam Tomkins, professor of law at Glasgow University and former MSP. In 2015 Adam served as Constitutional Adviser to the Secretary of State for Scotland. He was elected as an MSP for the Glasgow Region in 2016 and sat in the Scottish Parliament until 2021, when he did not seek re-election. In Parliament he served on Finance and Constitution, Social Security, and Covid-19 Committees, before becoming Convener of the Justice Committee in 2020. Since leaving Parliament Adam has been appointed as a Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange (the London-based think tank) and he has a regular column in the Herald.


09:00 - 09:30
Moderators Extended Opening Remarks



Adam Tomkins Professor of Constitutional Law and former MSP, University of Glasgow

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09:30 - 10:00
Keynote Address: The Future Governance of the UK

  • The Balance of Powers within the UK
  • The challenges for multi-level governance in the UK
  • The approach to Devolution within England now
  • The common purpose of the UK

10:00 - 10:45
Devolution After Brexit: Exploring how New Powers and Responsibilities will be Distributed

  • An update on the Internal Market Act
  • Addressing concerns around the impact of the act on the devolved powers
  • Considering the future balance of spending powers across the UK

10:45 - 11:15


11:15 - 12:00
Exploring the Constitutional Implications of COVID-19

  • Understanding the current landscape of public health devolution
  • Reviewing how management of the pandemic varied across the devolved nations
  • Discussing the long term impact of the pandemic on devolution

12:00 - 12:45
Promoting Positive Intergovernmental Working Across the UK

  • Working with your counterparts in the devolved administrations
  • Establishing shared outcomes and a common ground
  • Encouraging long term collaborative partnerships

12:45 - 13:30
Devolution and Environmental Policy

  • An overview of how environmental policy is managed across the devolved administrations
  • Understanding the benefits and challenges to devolved environmental governance
  • Ensuring UK wide solutions to environmental challenges

13:30 - 14:00
Moderators Extended Closing Remarks



Adam Tomkins Professor of Constitutional Law and former MSP, University of Glasgow

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Adam Tomkins Professor of Constitutional Law and former MSP, University of Glasgow

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Venue details

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