Newbattle was very special to me as it provided a foundation for an extensive academic career. While I was at Newbattle I won a Fellowship to spend a year travelling in Canada and USA studying industrial organisation. I was also awarded a student place at Ruskin College, Oxford to follow this. Upon completion of these, I returned to Canada to work with the Canadian Labour Congress. I next resumed my studies at McGill University, Montreal and graduated B.A. (Hons) 1963; M.A. 1964 in Sociology.
I spent the next 4 years studying Sociology and Anthropology at Michigan State University and was awarded my Ph.D. I was appointed Assistant Professor of Sociology at Mcmaster University, Hamilton, Ontario in 1968 and taught there for 4 years. I then returned to Scotland to take up a post as Lecturer in Industrial Sociology at Stirling University in 1972. I remained at Stirling until I retired in 1982. After retiral, I went to live in Tenerife for 14 years and then returned to live in Bridge of Allan.
I had left school at age 15 and worked as a compositor, prior to coming to Newbattle; it is clear that Newbattle changed my whole life prospects. I had been a town councillor and county councillor prior to going to Newbattle and had expected that my future would lie in politics. Instead of politics, Newbattle directed me to an academic career that I greatly enjoyed.
Maxwell Flood, B.A.(Hons.), M.A., Ph.D., D.P.S.A.