Scotland

Battle over Glasgow’s last single-sex school intensifies before key vote | Education

Parents fighting to keep Scotland’s last remaining single-sex state school girls-only have hit out at Glasgow city councillors for declaring their support for mixed education before a crucial vote to determine the fate of the school. In a row that has gripped the community and prompted wider debate about the contemporary value of single-sex education, the council will vote on 28 November on whether Notre Dame high school should become coeducational for the first time in more than a century.…

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Welsh, Hawaiian and Navajo … now Gaelic is in line for a rescue | Education

Sorley MacLean’s poem Hallaig, a lament to the cleared homesteads of the Isle of Raasay, is his most famous work, lauded by Seamus Heaney, the Irish Nobel laureate whose translation was published in 2002, and the inspiration for countless other poets and songsmiths. Yet few have ever read the poem as MacLean wrote it, or any of the other masterworks from the lyrical canon of Scottish Gaelic literature. Barely 60,000 people speak Gaelic, one of Britain’s fragile minority languages which…

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US academic given two weeks to leave UK after eight years | Education

After eight years researching music history at Glasgow University, Elizabeth Ford hoped her request for a visa extension would sail through this summer. Instead, the Home Office gave the American academic two weeks to pack up her life and leave the country. Ford has held a research fellowship at Edinburgh University – which, like Glasgow is in the elite Russell Group – and is due to begin a new research fellowship at Oxford University. But this is in jeopardy after…

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Norman Stone was brilliant, funny, a doll | Brief letters | Education

Re Richard Evans’ obituary of Norman Stone (26 June): what Evans says has truth in it, but it’s far from the whole truth. Stone was a brilliant teacher, hilarious company, a fascinating lecturer, and a charming admirer. And, which is surely the point about #MeToo, he didn’t get shirty or use it against you if you said no – which is why some of us didn’t. His becoming so rightwing and drunk in later life was a pity, but earlier…

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Glasgow School of Art hits back at MSPs’ criticism over fires | Education

The chair of the Glasgow School of Art has accused MSPs of a “jaw-dropping” failure to interrogate the building contractor that was responsible for the Mackintosh building when it was gutted by a second fire in June 2018. The GSA released a detailed rebuttal on Friday to a critical report published by the Scottish parliament’s culture committee in March, which called for a judicial inquiry into the two fires and accused the school of failing to protect the 110-year-old listed…

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