Glasgow Kelvin College was thrilled to welcome Professor Sir Tom Devine, Scotland’s most prominent historian, to its East End Campus recently to speak to students.
With an exceptional reputation in Scottish academia, Sir Tom is Professor Emeritus at University of Edinburgh and a leading light in Scottish social and economic history, most notably in the Scottish clearances. The Guardian dubbed him recently as ‘the doyen of Scottish Historians’.
The College’s SWAP Access to Humanities programme, as part of their studies, explore in detail the causes and effects of Scottish migration and its impact on wider global society. Humanities student, Lynsey McFarlane, while reading Sir Tom’s analysis in preparation for her course, decided to get input straight from the horse’s mouth and contacted Sir Tom direct. He was delighted to respond and correspondence between he and Lynsey continued. He eventually agreed to come in and speak to her class and, straight from a meeting in the Scottish Parliament, arrived at the East End Campus to an enthusiastic welcome.
The event was a huge success, with standing room only among students and staff eager to meet and hear from the eminent professor.
A lively and dynamic discussion took place, ranging over topics such as migration, the Scottish Clearances, poverty, Scottish Independence and Brexit to name but a few.
Students were delighted to hear from ‘the rock star of Caledonian historians’ (Scottish Field, 2014) and the College is truly honoured that Sir Tom took time out from his busy schedule to engage with students and staff.
It was a real privilege to host his visit and thanks go to Sir Tom, to Lynsey, to Lecturer Colm Breathnach and to all those who made it possible.