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Pride & Prejudice: Faith and Sectarianism in Scotland

  • 15th November 2017
  • 13:00 - 16:00
  • Standard Life Aberdeen, 30 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2DH

This is a free event, however there will be a £50 plus VAT admin charge for non-attendance or cancellations received less than 5 days prior to the event.

The 2011 census provides a snapshot of faith within Scotland. Comparing figures with the 2001 census, there is a substantial increase in the proportion of people who say they have no religion (28% in 2001 to 37% in 2011), no change to Roman Catholic followers from 2001 (16%), a small increase in the Muslim population and a significant drop in Church of Scotland followers from 42 to 32%. Despite declining affiliations with mainstream religion, perceptions of Christian sectarianism and religious prejudice in Scotland are still strong, and this goes well beyond the football terraces and often into the workplace.


At this event, we will explore:

  • The demographics of Faith within Scotland, what can be done to help understand various faiths and address issues that may arise within the workplace
  • Understand sectarianism, how it manifests in the workplace and what can be done about it
  • Hear the latest update on hate crime figures within Scotland from COPFS, what is being done to address this and what can be done in the workplace to support this

This roundtable will be an excellent opportunity to network with other organisations as well as be part of a facilitated roundtable that will give you a chance to explore issues relating to faith and sectarianism your workplace.



This session will be hosted by Standard Life Aberdeen and chaired by Joan Stuart who is our Member Engagement Manager responsible for supporting member organisations within Scotland and north of England with their diversity and inclusion agendas. 

Joan will also be joined by Nil by Mouth, Scotland’s leading charity on anti-sectarianism and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) to give an overview of hate crime in Scotland. Nil by Mouth is Scotland’s oldest anti-sectarianism charity and was set up by Glasgow teenager Cara Henderson in response to the brutal sectarian murder of her friend Mark Scott in 1995. They exist with the sole aim of creating a Scotland free from sectarianism and aim to achieve this by; educating, supporting, inspiring and challenging.  COPFS is the sole public prosecution agency for Scotland and publishes figures for recorded hate crime in June of each year.



The event will be hosted by Standard Life Aberdeen


Who should attend?

Anyone interested in finding our more on this issue to support in the workplace.



Free – this is a Member or Invitation Only event.