Social Issues

Recollections of a remarkable childhood


Zoologist Dr Suzanne L. Ullmann, who was born of Jewish parents in Budapest in 1935, lectured for many years at the University of Glasgow. She died in April last year and left behind this remarkable account of surviving Nazi occupation. Her father, a jeweller, had gone to London in the hope of establishing a business and her mother, who went to visit him, was unable to get back to Hungary when war broke out. Suzanne and her twin brothers were in Budapest with their grandmothers.

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Poverty and inequality in Scotland


The impact of welfare reform

A Labour peer who chairs a new group in Scotland set up to examine the impact of welfare reform outlines the group’s approach to evaluating a system which many believe has lost sight of people’s dignity. Continue reading

Prisoners week: supporting offenders


Prisoners Week 1975 to 2014

The former head of Operations for the Scottish Prison Service reflects on the significance of prisoners week and the complexities of supporting offenders returning to their communities. Continue reading

Feb/Mar 2020

In June 2019 Open House held a conference exploring possible new directions for the Catholic Church in Scotland. See conference papers.

Open House also held a conference on the role of lay people in the governance of the Catholic Church in November 2013. See conference papers.