University of Glasgow devastated after 'popular' professor dies as tributes flood in

Tributes have been paid to Greg Philo.
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Tributes have been paid to a much-loved University of Glasgow lecturer after his death earlier this week.

The university has shared their heartache after Greg Philo, researcher at Glasgow Media Group, passed away. Those who knew him, including former pupils, took to social media to share their memories.

Described as a "fearless activist", the Milngavie man was said to be passionate about union rights, refugees, Palestinian sovereignty and social justice.

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University of Glasgow Principal, Prof Sir Anton Muscatelli said: "Greg was a driving force of the Media Group for many years and a very popular colleague and teacher.

"My deepest condolences to his family and friends on their loss."

Des Freedman wrote on X: "RIP Greg Philo - the fearless activist academic and researcher whose work for the Glasgow University Media Group on news bias and power influenced so many people."

Catherine Happer wrote: "Yesterday (Thursday) morning I heard that my long time mentor, colleague and dear friend, Greg Philo, passed away and I’m still reeling from the shock and sadness.

"It’s difficult to articulate the importance of Greg in my life. I simply wouldn’t be doing what I'm doing were it not for him.

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"Just a few weeks ago we were discussing the coverage of the Gaza situation over email, and we were planning to meet up. I can’t quite believe that won’t happen now, or that we’ll never debate anything ever again.

"Such a horrible loss. Rest well, Greg."

Another person said: "Sad to hear this. His work was and is very influential. Now more than ever people need to understand the relationships between power and media."

While another added: "A wonderful tutor. He inspired me to leave Classics for Sociology. Set a benchmark for my own teaching - I never came close."

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