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Scottish Government's Social Security Agency Provides 750 New Jobs for Glasgow

That the Parliament acknowledges the news that the Scottish Government's new Social Security Agency will bring 750 new jobs to Glasgow; considers that this will help support the city's economy by bringing skilled and secure jobs, supporting people into work and boosting the economy; believes that the Scottish Government's efforts to build a social security system with dignity and respect at its heart is in stark contrast to what it sees as the punitive welfare regime operated by the UK Government, and considers that this announcement will provide relief to people in Scotland facing the prospect of job losses in light of the UK Government's reported plans to reduce its number of tax and benefit staff and departments.


Glasgow's Mini-Holland Cycle Plans Boosted by Scottish Government Funding

That the Parliament acknowledges the awarding of £22.5 million in Scottish Government grant funding, which is being delivered by Transport Scotland through Sustrans Scotland, for active travel and cycling infrastructure projects across the country; welcomes news of funding from this for Glasgow’s Woodside Mini-Holland project, which takes inspiration from infrastructure in the Netherlands; understands that this project will create an integrated cycle route from the city's Charing Cross to Possil Road, connect to the Sauchiehall Street "Avenue" cycleway, which is currently being delivered, and expand the cycle network into the city centre, Great Western Road, Maryhill, Garscube Road and the Forth and Clyde Canal; believes that this will encourage more commuters to travel to work by bike; welcomes this investment from the government, and considers that it will support the Glasgow economy, improve health and massively improve cycling provision.

Supported by: Emma Harper, Graham Simpson, Richard Lyle, Bob Doris, David Torrance, Joan McAlpine, Clare Haughey, Bill Kidd, Jenny Gilruth, Ivan McKee, Ben Macpherson, Gail Ross


New Lease of Life for the Friends of the River Kelvin's Ha'Penny House

That the Parliament welcomes the decision by the SNP-led Glasgow City Council to grant a long-term lease to the Friends of the River Kelvin’s community space, Ha'Penny House, which is near to the Glasgow Botanic Gardens; understands that, as the volunteer group has been operating from the space on recurring short-term leases for 20 years, it has always faced risk of closure, despite the conservation, education and community facility being a fantastic asset to the community and the city, and welcomes the new City Government's support, which it believes will provide long-term security and opportunity for development.

Supported by: James Dornan, Richard Lyle, Ash Denham, Gordon MacDonald, Kenneth Gibson, Joan McAlpine, Bob Doris, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Clare Haughey, Ben Macpherson, Ivan McKee, Jenny Gilruth


FemEng in Rwanda

That the Parliament congratulates the FemEng in Rwanda project on its recent trip to Rwanda promoting science and engineering to over 1,000 secondary school pupils; notes that FemEng in Rwanda is led by eight female engineering students from the University of Glasgow and aims to encourage the participation of young women in science and engineering fields; understands that it has left 180 packs of AFRIpads for its Rwandan team to distribute as it continues giving workshops in more rural areas of the country; notes that the trip included a celebratory reception at the University of Rwanda, hosted by Vice-Chancellor Phil Cotton, on 21 July 2017, which was attended by representatives from Zipline and Bridges to Prosperity, as well as staff from the College of Science and Technology; welcomes the news that there will be a club named FutureYou established to continue the work in Rwanda, with a focus on careers guidance in STEM and architecture subjects, and looks forward to hearing of its future successes.

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Rona Mackay, James Dornan, Fulton MacGregor, Iain Gray, Ivan McKee, Liam McArthur, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Tavish Scott, Mairi Gougeon, Stuart McMillan, Clare Adamson, Richard Lyle, Bob Doris, David Torrance, Jenny Gilruth, Maree Todd, Jackie Baillie, Ben Macpherson, Mary Fee


University of Glasgow in the World's Top 80 Higher Education Institutions

That the Parliament welcomes the news that the University of Glasgow has been placed in the top 80 in the prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings; understands that the university has risen eight places since the previous year and sits alongside five Scottish institutions in the global top 200, and congratulates the students and staff of the university on their ongoing success and contribution to Scotland's vibrant and world-leading higher education sector.

Supported by: Ruth Maguire, Ash Denham, Joan McAlpine, Clare Haughey, Emma Harper, Bob Doris, Richard Lyle, Rona Mackay, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Colin Beattie, James Dornan, David Torrance, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Adam Tomkins R, Ben Macpherson, Tom Arthur, Ivan McKee, Maree Todd


Glasgow Gaelic School Headteacher, Donalda T McComb, Recognised at the Scottish Women’s Awards

That the Parliament congratulates the head teacher of the Glasgow Gaelic School, Donalda T McComb, on winning the Services to Education category at the inaugural Scottish Women’s Awards; understands that Donalda joined 27 others who were recognised for their contribution to public and business life; notes that she has served in her role at the school since 1999 and has participated in and supported a period of growth both in the teaching of Gaelic and of women in school leadership positions; considers this award to also be recognition of the work of the school, and appreciates Donalda's contribution to Scottish education and to Gaelic language and culture.

Supported by: Jenny Gilruth, Ivan McKee, Fulton MacGregor, Angus MacDonald, Bill Kidd, Rona Mackay, Joan McAlpine, Ruth Maguire, Richard Lyle, Bob Doris, Clare Haughey, Ash Denham, James Dornan, Kate Forbes, Stuart McMillan, Stewart Stevenson, Ben Macpherson, David Torrance, Tom Arthur, Clare Adamson, Maree Todd


GCU Advanced Higher Hub Success

That the Parliament congratulates the Advanced Higher Hub (AHH) at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) on what it regards as achieving an outstanding pass rate of 88% in the 2017 SQA examination diet; understands that four subject areas, Business Management, English, History, and Physics, achieved 100% pass rates; notes that GCU is committed to the common good by raising aspirations and widening access to higher education through its partnership with Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Funding Council, and with the AHH going in to its fifth year, wishes the new cohort of associate students the very best for the new academic year.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Clare Haughey, Stewart Stevenson, Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan, Ash Denham, David Torrance, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Ivan McKee, Tom Arthur, Clare Adamson, Colin Beattie, Maree Todd


Glasgow University Union's European Success

That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Student's Debating Council’s (SSDC) participants on their success at the 2017 European Universities Debating Championships (EUDC) in Tallinn; notes that Glasgow University Union’s “A” Team won the Europe-wide open finals, and was the fifth-highest ranked team in the Open category, and that Edinburgh University Debates Union reached the quarter-finals; believes that the Glasgow team’s success was the second time that a team from Scotland has won at the EUDC, following the University of St Andrews victory in 2015; notes that Glasgow’s Bethany Garry, who was named the joint-first best speaker with an average of 83.3 points, was the first woman to win the top prize since 2005, and that, with an average of 83.2, the team’s Owen Mooney was joint-third; understands that 11 SSDC teams from Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Strathclyde and Aberdeen universities, grouped alongside teams from Durham and Newcastle, were among the 216 that took part; understands that 14 judges from Scotland’s institutions helped to facilitate the event, including seven group judges from the SSDC, and that University of Glasgow graduates, Duncan Crowe and Elliot Porter, served as independent adjudicators; congratulates everyone involved, and welcomes the news of the return of the EUDC to Scotland in 2018, where it understands over 750 participants will take part in the 20th edition in Edinburgh.

Supported by: Clare Haughey, Joan McAlpine, Ash Denham, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Stewart Stevenson, Ross Greer, Fulton MacGregor, David Torrance, Jenny Gilruth, Bill Kidd, Tom Arthur, Richard Lyle, Ivan McKee, Jackson Carlaw, Clare Adamson, Maree Todd


Glasgow's Music Venues Top Global Ranks

That the Parliament welcomes the continued international recognition of Glasgow’s renowned music scene in the Pollstar Worldwide live music venues report; understands that the SSE Hydro has been ranked second in the top 200 areas in the world; further understands that the O2 Academy Glasgow, O2 ABC Glasgow and King Tut's Wah Wah have been ranked in the top 100 club venues; believes that these venues bring significant economic and social contributions to Glasgow, and congratulates the city’s venues and all involved in the Glasgow music scene on their continued success.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, John Mason, Adam Tomkins, Ruth Maguire, Graeme Dey, David Torrance, Ash Denham, Ben Macpherson, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Jackson Carlaw, Rona Mackay, Jenny Gilruth, Alex Rowley, Clare Haughey, Bruce Crawford, Clare Adamson, Stewart Stevenson, Fulton MacGregor, Monica Lennon, Kenneth Gibson, Ivan McKee, Richard Lochhead, Tom Arthur


Celebrating Awards for All Funding in Glasgow Kelvin

That the Parliament commends the awarding of £38,287 of Awards for All funding in the Glasgow Kelvin constituency; welcomes the awarding of £10,000 to Alcohol Focus Scotland to assist its work in preventing and reducing alcohol harm with digital and interactive resources aimed at young children experiencing neglect as a result of other people’s drinking; congratulates the Scottish Minority Deaf Children's Society on its award of £9,195 to enable it to undertake three day trips during the summer holidays for deaf children and their families, and for a family fun day in October 2017; understands that Headway Glasgow, which provides support and services to people living with acquired brain injury, has been awarded £9,116 for an art project to explore the impacts of acquired brain injury; understands that the British Lung Foundation has been awarded £9,976 to assist its work in raising awareness of lung health and providing support for people living with lung conditions through its "singing for lung health" classes, which aim to improve lung capacity and health through regular singing activity, and considers that these organisations play a significant role in Glasgow in supporting, developing and enhancing communities by improving lives and experiences.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, David Torrance, Stuart McMillan, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Ben Macpherson, Clare Haughey, James Dornan, Jenny Gilruth, Stewart Stevenson, Ash Denham, Bob Doris, Ruth Maguire, Ivan McKee, Clare Adamson, Tom Arthur