Policy Referendums and Buses Come in Twos

By Jim Gallagher Jim Gallagher is a guest contributor for Policy Scotland, the views expressed in this post do not reflect the opinions of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow.  Referendums and buses come in twos, and the second one is surprisingly like the first. The Euro referendum resembles the Scottish in disconcerting ways. The Leave camp have borrowed the…

Why the EU Matters for Our Universities

Anton Muscatelli Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow, writing in a personal capacity and the views expressed do not reflect those of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow.     Universities in Scotland and the UK benefit massively from our membership of the EU. The evidence is unequivocal.   Scotland’s universities receive…


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Supporting Migrants in Welfare Reform: Next Steps

This summarises the key issues identified by each discussion group during the break-out sessions of the Supporting Migrants in Welfare Reform workshop, held on 11th November 2015 at the Olympia Building, Bridgeton Cross, Glasgow. This event was run in partnership with GRAMNet. The event began with presentations from Henri Krishna (CPAG Scotland), Dr Holly Porteous (Swansea…


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Human Rights Act Consultation

Human Rights Act Consultation Kurt Mills Convenor, Glasgow Human Rights Network   The government in Westminster announced in May 2015 that it intended to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights. No specific government proposals have been published yet, although the Conservative Party did publish an initial document on ‘Protecting Human…


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Syria and the Mediterranean Refugee Crisis: A Failure of International Responsibilities

Syria and the Mediterranean Refugee Crisis: A Failure of International Responsibilities Kurt Mills University of Glasgow   The crisis of humanity we see in the Mediterranean and Europe is part of a much larger complex of issues related to how the international community deals with war, atrocities and humanitarian crises. The situation where hundreds of thousands…

EVENT : Refugees Are Welcome Here! – Solidarity From Scotland to Greece and to Refugees Everywhere

When: Tuesday 29th September Time: 19:00-21:00 Where: Sir Charles Wilson Building, University of Glasgow Public meeting called by Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet) Scottish Refugee Council Positive Action in Housing Scottish Trades Union Congress Afghan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy Scottish Catholic Justice and Peace Commission A…


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Podcast: Professor Sylvia Walby, UNESCO Chair of Gender Research, University of Lancaster on the financial crisis in Europe

This podcast was recorded at the 2015 David Frisby Memorial Lecture held at the University of Glasgow. In this lecture, hosted by the Department of Sociology, Professor Walby, UNESCO Chair of Gender Research, University of Lancaster, discusses the financial crisis in Europe and its democratic, social and gender-related outcomes.


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Investors versus the State: can the TTIP be fair?

By Dr. Evgeny Postnikov, Lecturer in International Political Economy, University of Glasgow MT As the negotiations over the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States are continuing, the question of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) is becoming a major roadblock on the way to the agreement. No other…