The Big Noise

I began working with the GCPH in September 2013, on a project to evaluate the social and health impacts of Sistema Scotland’s Big Noise programme in the Raploch area of Stirling and the Govanhill neighbourhood in Glasgow. Both of these areas suffer from long term economic disadvantage, reduced educational attainment and poor health relative to most other areas in Scotland. Continue reading The Big Noise

Learning lessons from Managing ICT contracts

Digital technology is an increasingly important part of our everyday lives, transforming the ways we access information and services. This change is reflected in the public sector, where the Scottish Government has adopted a ‘digital first’ approach. This signals that digital technology has a significant role to play in the future delivery of public services. Continue reading Learning lessons from Managing ICT contracts

Helping to make a difference

For me, grad_tickthe main attraction of working at Audit Scotland was getting the chance to use my university degree to help make a difference to the public services provided in Scotland. It’s an extremely satisfying feeling to know I’m part of an organisation that makes sure public bodies are using their resources in a proper, efficient and effective way. Continue reading Helping to make a difference

Audit in real-time: Keeping score during the Commonwealth Games

commgames_coverAudit Scotland looks at a whole range of issues involving the use of public money across Scotland. While it’s still quite unusual for us to start an audit when a project is in the early stages of development, it can be very useful to get involved at this point. Given the benefits, this is something we want to do more of in the future. Continue reading Audit in real-time: Keeping score during the Commonwealth Games

Becoming qualified

Iicaslogo am now just a matter of weeks away from officially qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Audit Scotland. I just need to break through my days worked target, and sign off on the last few competencies. I managed to get through the hardest stage – getting through the exams. They were challenging, a lot different to the kind of exams I remember from school, but I also found them interesting, covering subjects like taxation and law which are useful to know more about as part of everyday life. Continue reading Becoming qualified

18 months in at Audit Scotland – what you can expect

calendarSo you’ve made it! Successfully passed the recruitment process, and your first day at Audit Scotland is fast approaching. After four years of ‘enjoying’ the student lifestyle it is a daunting prospect starting at a professional organisation like Audit Scotland, but let me alleviate any fears you may have about stepping into the world of audit. Continue reading 18 months in at Audit Scotland – what you can expect