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Introduction


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Introduction


The revolution will be digitised

Ross Colquhoun is the Digital and Political Engagement Strategist at the Scottish National Party, co-founder and former director of National Collective, co-editor of 'Inspired by Independence' (Wordpower, 2014) and Edinburgh College of Art alumnus.

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Scottish National Party


2014 - Present

Scottish National Party

Shortly after the independence referendum of 2014 I was recruited by the brilliant team at Scottish National Party HQ as Digital and Political Engagement Strategist.

In November 2014 Nicola Sturgeon became First Minister and we organised a rally at Glasgow's The SSE Hydro. It was the largest indoor political event in British history with around 12,000 attendees. 

The SNP's membership reached over 110,000 by March 2015, an increase of over 80,000 in under 6 months. 1 in 34 people of voting age in Scotland are now members. 

In May 2015 we won 56 of Scotland's 59 Westminster seats, an absolute majority and 50 seat gain.

In October 2015 we launched the new SNP website and campaigning platform in preparation for the Scottish Parliament election. Within a little over a month it reached 1 million page views.

In May 2016 we won a historic third term in government at the Scottish Elections. The SNP surpassed its 2011 constituency vote share and achieved the largest ever popular vote in Scottish history at 1,059,897. It was also the first time that any party in Scotland had received over 1 million votes.

In September 2016 we launched The National Survey, the biggest listening exercise in the the SNP's history.

On the 13th March 2017 Nicola Sturgeon announced the Scottish Government's intention to hold Scotland's Referendum at a time when the terms of Brexit become clear, from Autumn 2018 until Spring 2019. On the same day we launched the Our nation's future. Your choice website for backers of Scotland's Referendum to express their support and donate to our £1 million crowdfunder, the largest of its kind in Scottish, and possibly, British, history.

Join the SNP

Scottish National Party


2014 - Present

Scottish National Party

Shortly after the independence referendum of 2014 I was recruited by the brilliant team at Scottish National Party HQ as Digital and Political Engagement Strategist.

In November 2014 Nicola Sturgeon became First Minister and we organised a rally at Glasgow's The SSE Hydro. It was the largest indoor political event in British history with around 12,000 attendees. 

The SNP's membership reached over 110,000 by March 2015, an increase of over 80,000 in under 6 months. 1 in 34 people of voting age in Scotland are now members. 

In May 2015 we won 56 of Scotland's 59 Westminster seats, an absolute majority and 50 seat gain.

In October 2015 we launched the new SNP website and campaigning platform in preparation for the Scottish Parliament election. Within a little over a month it reached 1 million page views.

In May 2016 we won a historic third term in government at the Scottish Elections. The SNP surpassed its 2011 constituency vote share and achieved the largest ever popular vote in Scottish history at 1,059,897. It was also the first time that any party in Scotland had received over 1 million votes.

In September 2016 we launched The National Survey, the biggest listening exercise in the the SNP's history.

On the 13th March 2017 Nicola Sturgeon announced the Scottish Government's intention to hold Scotland's Referendum at a time when the terms of Brexit become clear, from Autumn 2018 until Spring 2019. On the same day we launched the Our nation's future. Your choice website for backers of Scotland's Referendum to express their support and donate to our £1 million crowdfunder, the largest of its kind in Scottish, and possibly, British, history.

Join the SNP

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National Collective


2011 - 2014

National Collective

In 2011 I co-founded National Collective, the non-party cultural movement for Scottish Independence. I was director of the movement until September 2014.  We set out with the aim of imagining a better Scotland and inspiring others to engage with politics and campaign through art, written and spoken word, events, local groups and social media. By the end of the campaign we had over 4,000 members, including the support of many of Scotland's most prominent artists, writers and thinkers

In 2013 we stood up to the world's largest oil trading company after receiving legal threats, and won.

In the summer of 2014 we organised a mammoth 30 day national grassroots pro-independence festival that took place across Scotland during July. The Yestival tour showcased the grassroots cultural movement for Scottish Independence and included communities in the Scottish Borders, Dumfries & Galloway, central Scotland, Western Isles, the Highlands, Orkney, Shetland, the North East, Angus, Perthshire and Fife as well as all of the country’s seven cities. That same summer we also our put on our first ever Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme at the Scottish Story Telling Centre titled 'National Collective presents...'.

Later that year I organised #YesBecause day, a social media event designed to encourage people to explain why they are voting Yes in 140 characters on Twitter and demonstrate the unfettered reality of the Yes movement. For 24 hours it was trending in Scotland, UK and in the top 3 Worldwide, reaching over 10,000,000 people across the planet with 101,238 tweets.

After Scotland's Referendum The List  magazine awarded us second place in their 'The Hot 100', beaten to the top spot by Peter Capaldi, the newly announced Dr Who.

During this period Scotland saw unprecedented levels of political engagement and a referendum turnout of 84.59%.

A brief history

National Collective


2011 - 2014

National Collective

In 2011 I co-founded National Collective, the non-party cultural movement for Scottish Independence. I was director of the movement until September 2014.  We set out with the aim of imagining a better Scotland and inspiring others to engage with politics and campaign through art, written and spoken word, events, local groups and social media. By the end of the campaign we had over 4,000 members, including the support of many of Scotland's most prominent artists, writers and thinkers

In 2013 we stood up to the world's largest oil trading company after receiving legal threats, and won.

In the summer of 2014 we organised a mammoth 30 day national grassroots pro-independence festival that took place across Scotland during July. The Yestival tour showcased the grassroots cultural movement for Scottish Independence and included communities in the Scottish Borders, Dumfries & Galloway, central Scotland, Western Isles, the Highlands, Orkney, Shetland, the North East, Angus, Perthshire and Fife as well as all of the country’s seven cities. That same summer we also our put on our first ever Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme at the Scottish Story Telling Centre titled 'National Collective presents...'.

Later that year I organised #YesBecause day, a social media event designed to encourage people to explain why they are voting Yes in 140 characters on Twitter and demonstrate the unfettered reality of the Yes movement. For 24 hours it was trending in Scotland, UK and in the top 3 Worldwide, reaching over 10,000,000 people across the planet with 101,238 tweets.

After Scotland's Referendum The List  magazine awarded us second place in their 'The Hot 100', beaten to the top spot by Peter Capaldi, the newly announced Dr Who.

During this period Scotland saw unprecedented levels of political engagement and a referendum turnout of 84.59%.

A brief history

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Edinburgh College of Art


2005 - 2008

Edinburgh College of Art

In 2006 I founded Edinburgh College of Art Football Club. In our first two years we were crowned champions of the University of Edinburgh Division 2 and Division 1.

I was the first person in the world to create art out of E. coli bacteria. The work was created in collaboration with University of Edinburgh's School of Biological Sciences. And in 2008 I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art's School of Visual Communication.

A review of my work

Edinburgh College of Art


2005 - 2008

Edinburgh College of Art

In 2006 I founded Edinburgh College of Art Football Club. In our first two years we were crowned champions of the University of Edinburgh Division 2 and Division 1.

I was the first person in the world to create art out of E. coli bacteria. The work was created in collaboration with University of Edinburgh's School of Biological Sciences. And in 2008 I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art's School of Visual Communication.

A review of my work