2008 October



Glasgow student nominated for helpline volunteer award

22nd October 2008

Kirstien Hodgson A Glasgow student has made it to the final stages of a competition that rewards the efforts of helpline workers. Morven Boyd was nominated by Chris Buckland, the Student Volunteer Support Service Coordinator, for the BT/THA Helpline Worker of the Year Awards 2008. Morven has been put forward for her work with the ...


Glasgow students protest banking bail-out

22nd October 2008

Pete Ramand Students and trade unionists demonstrated against bank-bailouts outside Halifax Bank of Scotland, Lloyds TSB and the Royal Bank of Scotland in Glasgow on October 18th. Danny McGregor, one of the organisers of the demonstration, outlined the demands of the protestors, highlighting the issues raised by rescuing big business with taxpayers’ money. He said: ...


Energy costs GUU jobs

22nd October 2008

News Staff The Glasgow University Union (GUU) has been forced to lay off a number of employees as a result of the rising cost of fuel. Chris Birrell, president of the GUU, told Guardian that the union was losing a lot of money on utility bills and facing another year of financial hardship as a ...


NHS block on new Hub pharmacy

22nd October 2008

George Binning Plans to introduce a pharmacy in the refurbished Hub have been blocked by the NHS Pharmacy Practice Committee (PPC) in the interests of local competition. Neeraj Salwan, co-owner of Apple Pharmacy, submitted the application for a pharmacy to a panel consisting of the PPC and the representatives of the pharmacies in the local ...


Abseil raises record amount

22nd October 2008

Ross Mathers Glasgow University’s Bell Tower was once again the scene for the annual charity abseil, which was, this year, raising money for The Beatson Pebble Appeal. The abseil, which took place on Sunday 12th October, saw over one hundred volunteers, the majority of which were Glasgow University students, scale the 177 feet tall tower. ...


Glasgow rises in world league table

22nd October 2008

Amy MacGregor The University of Glasgow has been ranked 73rd in the world by a comprehensive university league table. The climb of ten places in the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings bucked the general trend of decline of other UK universities. The THE-QS rankings elevate Glasgow to 11th in the UK and within the ...


Glasgow named as top ten city

22nd October 2008

Tom Bonnick The popular travel guide, Lonely Planet, has named Glasgow as one of the ten best cities in the world. The new list, which was released to promote the ten cities Lonely Planet recommends visiting in 2009, also includes choices as diverse as Beirut, Warsaw and Shanghai. Half of the selections are European destinations, ...


Boost for unions after Freshers’ Week success

22nd October 2008

Craig MacLellan Student bodies across campus have claimed Freshers’ Week 2008 as being one of the most successful ever. Both unions believed this year’s Freshers’ Week to be one of the best on record. Over 3,000 new students were treated to live performances from The Subways, Wiley and Kissy Sell Out, and DJ sets from ...


Enterprise and Abolition

22nd October 2008

In the second of our three part series on a history of Glasgow University, Claire Strickett investigates the links between the University, the slave trade and the abolitionist movement The signs of Glasgow’s links to the slave trade are everywhere, if you know where to look. But until recently, most people have chosen to look ...


The people’s peer

22nd October 2008

Tom Bonnick speaks to Lord Adebowale, chief executive of Turning Point social care network about disability, discrimination and the growing economic crisis. It is difficult to reconcile first impressions of Lord Victor Adebowale with one’s notions of a typical peer. He does not own large tracts of land anywhere in the Home Counties; nor does ...