Today we had to say goodbye to our Associated Fellow, colleague and friend, Craig McAngus. Craig was laid to rest after his tragic death on 16th December. He was 34 years old. Our hearts are broken.
Craig was an exceptionally gifted scholar of Scottish politics and public policy. He joined the Centre on Constitutional Change 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 Aberdeen University and later the University of the West of Scotland, Craig maintained close links with the CCC. His latest 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.
Beyond all of that, Craig was simply a fundamentally decent man. No words can do justice to the life and loss of such a young colleague. Our heartfelt condolences are with his family and friends. Rest in peace Craig.