UK: GANG DOWN THE DRAIN - UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE.

UK: GANG DOWN THE DRAIN - UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE. - Still they come streaming south, just as they have since the days of Bonnie Prince Charlie. And these days most of them don't turn back at Derby. Moreover they do seem to capture a quite disproportio

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Still they come streaming south, just as they have since the days of Bonnie Prince Charlie. And these days most of them don't turn back at Derby. Moreover they do seem to capture a quite disproportionate number of the best jobs. You just have to think of the names Sir Denys Henderson (ICI), Sir William Purves (HSBC) and Sir Bob Reid (British Rail) to gauge their impact on the business world. Concerned about this Scottish wanderlust - which some call a brain drain - the University of Strathclyde has launched a scheme to repatriate its graduates. 'I'm sure most would jump at the chance to come back to Scotland,' argues recruitment consultant Mary Stretch. 'It's a question of knowing where to find the jobs.' To reverse the flow Strathclyde has appealed to the top 1,000 Scottish companies to register their vacancies and pass these on to its 42,000 alumni. (None of the three aforementioned qualify in this respect, incidentally.) Despite appearances to the contrary Stretch denies the charge of running a nationalist crusade. There will be no positive discrimination, she insists. 'No one will get a job just because they're Scottish.'

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