Motion S5M-01063: Addressing Gender Inequalities in University

25 Aug 2016

That the Parliament welcomes the news that action will be taken to address the gender gap in university intake as part of the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) Gender Action Plan; understands that, since the 1990s, the rates of participation of young men have consistently fallen behind their female counterparts and that in 2015 just 42.5% of undergraduates in Scotland were male, compared with 57.5% who were female; further understands that the SFC has noted that there is already a significant amount of work in progress to tackle female underrepresentation in particular courses but that there is much less being done to tackle the general underrepresentation of male students; notes the disparity in drop-out rates between the genders, with males from deprived backgrounds much less likely to complete their course; appreciates that there are many factors that can lead to this disparity, and welcomes the commitment to ensure that all, regardless of their circumstance, will have equal opportunity to access university.

Motion S5M-01032: Airport Link

25 Aug 2016

That the Parliament supports a rail link between Glasgow City and Airport in principle; believes however that such a link might struggle to significantly improve on the journey times that are currently provided by the shuttle bus service; hopes that any transport links considered between the airport and city will include other destinations that would benefit from a rail link, such as the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Braehead shopping centre and the town of Renfrew, and considers that improving transport links would bring a positive impact to the people of Glasgow, Renfrewshire and Scotland as a whole.

Motion S5M-00827: Automatic Voter Registration

21 Aug 2016

That the Parliament notes with interest the calls made during a debate on 29 June 2016 at the UK Parliament for the introduction of a system of automatic voter registration; understands that this debate was held in part due to the problems surrounding registration for the EU referendum, which saw the deadline extended; believes that the introduction of automatic voter registration could make it easier for more people to vote, especially in areas such as the Shettleston parliamentary constituency, while also helping to remove additional barriers to voting that stand in the way of some of the most disenfranchised sections of the population, and notes calls for consideration of automatic voter registration to make it easier for all to participate in the political system.

Scotrail Timetable Changes

20 Aug 2016