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The 1912 Ryedale Glove Factory Strike, Dumfries article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

The 1912 Ryedale Glove Factory Strike, Dumfries

On Friday March 22nd, 1912, 150 women working at the Ryedale Glove Factory went on strike and were victorious against an established national employer. This article explains more about the strike and outcomes...

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The 2001 Glasgow NHS Medical Secretaries Grading Dispute article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

The 2001 Glasgow NHS Medical Secretaries Grading Dispute

This is an account of a dispute which took place in the Glasgow North East NHS Trust in the early 2000s, involving a group of women workers who would not normally have been viewed as among the most militant and determined of trade union members.

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Three Tort law cases you should know video icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Three Tort law cases you should know

From issues with your neighbour activities to Katie Hopkins getting in to deep legal water on Twitter, check out the stories of three extraordinary torts in these short animations on law.

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10 mins
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Rocky relations: Why an isolated rock in the Atlantic is a sought after and contested place article icon

Nature & Environment 

Rocky relations: Why an isolated rock in the Atlantic is a sought after and contested place

Rockall is an uninhabitable granite islet situated in the North Atlantic Ocean. It lies within the exclusive economic zone of the United Kingdom and is claimed by the UK as its territory. As Dr Gerry Mooney explains, this claim is not recognised by its neighbours.

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Revisiting Red Clydeside: 'Bloody Friday': The Battle of George Square, Glasgow, 1919 article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Revisiting Red Clydeside: 'Bloody Friday': The Battle of George Square, Glasgow, 1919

On January 31st 1919 a violent confrontation between the police and striking Glasgow workers took place in George Square. 100 years on, this collection explores the events that lead to 'Bloody Friday' and the legacies of the Red Clydeside period.

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The Scottish Parliament and law making free course icon Level Badge icon

Society, Politics & Law 

The Scottish Parliament and law making

This free course, The Scottish Parliament and law making, explores the law making powers of the Scottish Parliament and examines its place in the UK’s constitution. It considers how, and why, laws are made by both the Scottish and UK Parliaments before exploring devolved matters, reserved matters, legislative competence, secondary legislation, and the work of MSPs and MPs. It discusses the characteristics of the constitution, the importance of the concept of the rule of law, how an Act of Parliament is structured and considers how and why members of the public are encouraged to become involved with the work of the Scottish Parliament.

Free course
24 hrs
Law and change: Scottish legal heroes  free course icon Level Badge icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Law and change: Scottish legal heroes

This free course explores the law-making process in Scotland and considers how the legal system has been influenced by change. You consider how Scots law and lawyers have influenced advances in the law on a global, national and local scale. Throughout the course you consider how individuals and institutions have effected change. You explore how law has been used to respond to developments in society and whether it should influence them. You consider how words and concepts such as principled, conscience, duty, justice, rights and fairness are often associated with law and their relevance in Scotland today.

Free course
24 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Geology toolkit

Discover the unique landscape of the British Isles with our interactive Geology Toolkit, featuring a geology timeline, rock analyser, rock cycle, landscape features and safety tips.

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What is OpenLearn Scotland? article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

What is OpenLearn Scotland?

OpenLearn Scotland, is intended to be of interest not only to people living in Scotland, but to anyone wishing to know more about Scottish society and culture. Find out more here..

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From Brexit to the break-up of Britain? free course icon Level

Society, Politics & Law 

From Brexit to the break-up of Britain?

This free course, From Brexit to the break-up of Britain?, sets the experience of Brexit in the context of the UK. It first analyses Brexit as a symptom of the political, economic and social geography of the UK, focusing on its uneven development in a country increasingly dominated by London and the South East of England. It then considers how the divisions within the UK (within England as well as between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) were reflected in the voting patterns of the 2016 referendum. Finally, the course reflects on the implications of these short-term and long-term trends for the UK’s future as a multinational state.

Free course
12 hrs
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Iconic engineering: The Forth Bridge and Concorde article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Iconic engineering: The Forth Bridge and Concorde

Why do we look on with adoration and amazement at some engineering creations while others leave us feeling indifferent? Dr Ian Johnston examines why some structures are worthy of their iconic status. 

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History & The Arts 

Forth Road Bridge

Scotland's Forth Road Bridge may not be the most beautiful bridge over the Firth of Forth, but it is an incredible feat of engineering and is integral to the economy of the entire area. However, rust is threatening to destroy the cables that suspend the road. This free course uses video to explore the issues associated with the potential demise of this great bridge.

Free course
1 hr
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