Craig McAngus

Craig McAngus

University of the West of Scotland


In memoriam: Craig McAngus

Craig McAngus was a post-doctoral fellow, and later an Associate Fellow, of the Centre on Constitutional Change, and a dear colleague and friend. He died on 16th December 2020. He was 34 years old.

Craig was an exceptionally gifted scholar of Scottish politics and public policy. He joined the Centre as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Stirling in the run-up to the 2014 independence referendum, where he worked on a project exploring social policy challenges and constitutional change. From the outset, he brought enthusiasm and expertise to our work, both on the funded project and drawing on his wider research interests in party politics. He was the brains and the energy behind our podcast, Constitutionally Sound.

As a lecturer at the University of Aberdeen and later the University of the West of Scotland, Craig maintained close links with the CCC. His last research project, as part of the UK in a Changing Europe initiative, examined the impact of Brexit on fisheries. It was a subject close to his heart – Craig grew up in Banff in the north east of Scotland, where his grandad was a fisherman, and brought a deep understanding of the community to his scholarly research.

Rest in peace Craig.

Posts by this author

Brexit Reflections

Brexit Reflections - What does Brexit mean for those campaigning for Scottish independence?

Craig McAngus looks at the question of Scottish independence which has taken centre stage in the public debate since the Brexit vote.
EU, UK & Scotland Flags

Scottish independence back in play after Brexit shock – with a note of caution

The clear difference between Scotland's Remain vote and the preference south of the border has rekindled the independence debate but, says Craig McAngus, all is not entirely straightforward for the SNP.
Anti-austerity protest Glasgow

A Step to the Left

The long-term implications of indyref on Scottish politics and those of the rest of the UK have been the source of much speculation but, says Craig McAngus, the British Election Survey provides some hard numbers showing a Scottish step to the left.

Could a Corbyn Leadership Revive Scottish Labour?

Could a Corbyn victory win former Scottish Labour voters back from the SNP? Craig McAngus suggests that they may agree with him on many issues but the constitution would remain a sticking point.

The UK Government has backtracked on welfare devolution - but not on the Smith Commission

The Conservatives rejection of devolved top ups for welfare payments isn't a breach of the Smith Agreement, says Craig McAngus, but it certainly seems to throw away the party's own Strathclyde Commission report.

The SNP must perform a balancing act at Westminster

Craig McAngus looks at how the SNP has to both protest and oppose, and this won’t be an easy balancing act.