Blogs

  • 31 Aug 2015

    George Osborne, the UK chancellor, announced that £500 million is to be spent on a nuclear submarine base in Scotland, securing or creating over 6,700 jobs and protecting the country. This may sound impressive. But, when examined, his claims ring hollow.

  • 30 Aug 2015

    August 2015 seems to have experienced some kind of identity crisis. Not only did the weather pass from night frosts to baking hot days via torrential rain and flash floods, but the 'silly season' appears not to have happened at all.

  • 28 Aug 2015

    The University and Colleges Union has confirmed that, despite some claims to the contrary, staff in the threatened religion department are still facing redundancy notices.

  • 27 Aug 2015

    Between December 2011 and February 2014, 2,650 people died shortly after losing incapacity benefits when judged fit for work and 1,360 died just after completing appeals.

  • 26 Aug 2015

    The Universities and Colleges Union, along with our friends at the Critical Religion Association, the independent network of scholars with whom we collaborate, have created a petition through 38 Degrees to seek an end to threats of closure hanging over the world class Religion Department at the University of Stirling. You can read, sign and share it here: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/keep-religion-programme-at-stirli...

  • 23 Aug 2015

    In just 72 hours, hundreds of messages have been transmitted in opposition to the University of Stirling's proposal to close its programme on religion with immediate impact [see links below].

  • 18 Aug 2015

    It has been said that when the Conqistadors' ships first sailed along the coast of Chile in the 16th century, the indigenous South Americans were unable to 'see' these vessels because they were so outside their frame of reference. Whether this is true or not, it does seem to illustrate the phenomenon of the political establishment’s reaction to Jeremy Corbyn's candidature in the contest for leadership of the Labour Party.

  • 14 Aug 2015

    As the summer draws to a close, we'd like to highlight the forthcoming events over the next couple of months.

  • 13 Aug 2015

    What is the job of a Leader of the Opposition? From the comments of Jeremy Corbyn’s critics, you might think that it involves appearing calmly respectable for five years and then winning an election. They insist that Corbyn cannot do this.

  • 13 Aug 2015

    The Archbishop of York will block a lay minister from serving local churches, simply because he is getting married. This move is divisive and exposes the Church of England’s injustice towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.