College Mergers (Glasgow)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 26 June 2013.

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Photo of Michael Russell Michael Russell Scottish National Party

That is an interesting point. There have been no recent college mergers in which the name of one college has become the name of the whole.

I encourage colleges to think creatively and constructively about their names. I would like to see the commemoration of significant educational figures within college names. College names that are purely utilitarian or functional are perhaps not as good as those that commemorate the great figures. For example, I know that, in Glasgow, a proposal has been made to consider the name of Mary Barbour. That strikes me as a positive proposal. It has come from the trade unions and it has been supported by some Labour MSPs. It is not for me to say what the name should be, but that proposal seems very positive and, were it to come about, it would be warmly welcomed.