Students at the University of Glasgow have launched plans to hold a campus referendum on Scottish Independence.
A broad coalition of student societies will invite over 1000 students to the ballot boxes on February the 21st. The event will be the first large-scale poll of Scottish university students on Scotland’s future.
Eight student societies in total have signed a proposal to Glasgow’s two student Unions for support, made up of Nationalist, Labour, Tory and Independent societies. In the last week, Glasgow University Union and Queen Margaret Union have confirmed their support for the event.
Michael Gray, President of Dialectic Society, said: “It’s a great idea to encourage debate and activism on campus. The result of the real referendum will impact students in Scotland for the rest of their lives, so holding our own vote is one way of finding out what young people think. Glasgow can lead the way and hopefully other students across the country will follow suit.”
Glasgow has a close relationship with many key figures in Scottish Politics. John MacCormick, Donald Dewar, Winnie Ewing, John Smith, Charles Kennedy & Liam Fox are among the University’s alumni.
Colum Fraser, President of QMU, said “Through the process leading to a referendum, the students of the University of Glasgow will have the opportunity to learn and discuss this most important matter affecting the future of their nation – by birth or – as many students from beyond our borders who pass through Glasgow choose – adopted.
It gives me great pride that the Unions are to be used as centres of learning and debate for the process, and I look forward with excitement to a series of events that will seek to include the facts, opinions and perspectives of all facets of the issue.”
Imogen Dewar, Debates Convener at Glasgow University Union, added “The popularity of GUU’s Freshers’ Week debate on Scottish Independence demonstrates how engaged students are in the impending national referendum. We are excited to help host this event and to hear the opinions of the students of the University of Glasgow.”
A student referendum was recently held at Edinburgh University with over 1000 students voting on six proposals. This will be the first referendum at Glasgow since 2006, when 93% of voters rejected membership of the National Union of Students.
The Referendum Committee includes GU Dialectic Society, GU Politics Society, GU Labour Club, GU Scottish Nationalist Association, International Socialist Group (Glasgow), GU Conservative and Unionist Party, GU Feminist Society, GU Liberal Democrats