Monday, 20 August 2007
A few unrelenting voices
Some of this years graduates. Now there will be many more!
This is just a quickie to say that we have managed to save our university campus!!!!!!!!
In February this year it was announced that due to funding issues the University of Glasgow was going to pull out of our small, rural campus. The Scottish Funding Council didn't think we were worth financing. We thought differently and created a rucus. The local papers rallied round to support us and we have managed to maintain a small but vocal profile. We petitioned, we sought meetings and finally we walked the hundred or so miles to Glasgow to show our determination to keep the campus going.
Today it was announced that we have been successful. The SFC have relented and offered over a million pounds to keep Glasgow in Dumfries. Undergraduate recruitment will resume, the arts will continue to be taught here in this much neglected region of Scotland. The SNP (Scottish National Party) have pledged to not only keep university education in the region but to expand it.
At times we all felt like we were banging our heads against concrete. That no one was listening. That perhaps we should just accept our fate. But something kept us going. And now vindication! All those sleepless nights, all those frantic phonecalls and endless meetings and that agonising trek upon tar and concrete in ever shrinking shoes; all those hideous newspaper photographs and bizzare interviews were worth it. The population of Dumfries and Galloway get to keep their university and thus their access to the world of poetry, philosophy, history, creative writing and storytelling. It all goes to show that it's true, education, once given can never be taken away.