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Mhairi Black was named University of Glasgow's Young Alumnus of the Year Picture: John Devlin

Mhairi Black was named University of Glasgow's Young Alumnus of the Year Picture: John Devlin

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SNP politician named Young Alumnus of the Year

SNP politician Mhairi Black has been named as the University of Glasgow’s Young Alumnus of the Year.

Black was elected as MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire West in May’s General Election while still a 20-year-old politics student at the university.

The “Baby of the House”, she is the youngest MP at Westminster since the Great Reform Act in 1832.

Black graduated in June with a first class honours degree in politics and received the award from the Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, Sir Kenneth Calman, at a special Christmas Dinner at Bute Hall.

What did Mhairi say about it?

Which Scots made it on the Power 100 list?

Nine Scots have made it on to the list that celebrates the most influential individuals with disabilities in the UK.

Broadcaster Andrew Marr and paralympian Neil Fachie are among the Scottish names to feature in a new list to celebrate the UK’s most influential people with a disability or impairment.

Leading figures from across business, sport, the arts and a range of other professions have been featured in Power 100, with nine Scots making an appearance on the list.

The list was compiled by employment and skills charity Shaw Trust in partnership with publishers Powerful Media.

Who else made the list?

Scottish accents ‘don’t improve sales of products’ in ads

Researchers have debunked the widespread belief that Scottish accents can help sell products.

A rich Scots brogue regularly top the polls as the friendliest, most trustworthy and calming across Britain.

It is highly prized in the world of advertising, and is popular with those who work in call centres and on TV.

But new research suggests the accent makes almost no difference when used in radio commercials.

It even found that a haggis advertisement read out in traditional Scots brogue had no greater effect on listeners than the same pitch delivered in a standard English accent.

Why doesn’t it make a difference?

The forgotten Inuit ‘human zoo’ of Dundee’s whaling past

Dundee thrived on its whaling industry during the 1800s, with long voyages to the Arctic bringing home lucrative blubber and bone to the quayside.

But the captains of the industry took to bringing home more dubious cargo, when they travelled back to Scotland with Native Inuits on board to put “on show” in public halls for the “entertainment” of the city’s people.

William Kerr, 51, of Dundee, has researched the connections between Scotland, the whaling industry and the native people of the Arctic, said some of the captains took to presenting a form of “human zoo” – and charged people for the experience.

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