2008 November



Sir Muir Russell to step down in September

11th November 2008

Sarah Smith The Principal and Vice Chancellor of Glasgow University, Sir Muir Russell, is to step down from his post in September. Sir Muir has held the position since 2003 when he succeeded Sir Graeme Davies. Before becoming Principal, Sir Muir served as Permanent Secretary in the Scottish Executive. Sir Muir’s retirement from the University ...


Student loses deposit on bogus flat lease

11th November 2008

News Staff A student at Glasgow University has signed a tenancy agreement to a flat that is already inhabited, and is now unable to reclaim his deposit and first month’s rent, totalling £850, from the landlord. Waqar Sadaat, an international student who is completing his masters in research in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, was in ...


Glasgow welcomes Dr. Rowan Williams

11th November 2008

George Binning Students and affiliates of Glasgow University were given a rare glimpse into one of the most respected minds in Britain when the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, visited the campus. The Archbishop appeared in conversation with Professor Mona Siddiqui, Director of Glasgow’s Centre for the Study of Islam, in front of a ...


Falling debris in Crichton library

11th November 2008

George Binning & Ishbell Begg Crichton Campus’ newly opened £37 million super campus was evacuated, after pieces of wooden cladding fell from heights of up to 30 feet, whilst students worked at the check in desk just yards away. Crichton University Campus Students Association (CUCSA) officially reported health and safety concerns after wooden cladding attached ...


BNP targets university students

11th November 2008

George Binning The British National Party (BNP) is set to bring its most recent campaign to Glasgow University amid protests from the SRC, the University and Glasgow Anti-Racist Alliance (GARA). White History Month, the BNP and Young BNP’s latest publicity stunt, is aimed specifically at university cities. A mass e-mail was sent last week to ...


SRC elections blighted by poor turnout

11th November 2008

Scott Lavery Poor publicity, bad timing, and the Glasgow weather were blamed for poor voter turnout at the Student Representative Council election last month, in which just over 2200 votes were cast. James Harrison, a second-year student who was successful in his bid for the position of General Representative, claimed that the low turn-out will ...


City planning network launched in Glasgow

11th November 2008

Emma Harvey It has been announced that the University of Glasgow will lead the launching of a network which is designed to bring together the leaders of major cities, in order to help them face the emerging challenges of the 21st century.Professor Trevor Davies, Development Leader of the Centre for Leaders in City-Making, explained the ...


Glasgow University and the return of Scotland

11th November 2008

In the third and final part of our series on a history of Glasgow University, James Maxwell investigates how the institution has influenced politics, the Nationalist movement and culture in contemporary Scotland Glasgow University has witnessed many of the most pivotal moments in Scottish history. Indeed, it has participated in a considerable number of them. ...


Privilege, private schools & educational apartheid: The case against charitable status

11th November 2008

Four Scottish private schools were recently told that they faced losing their charitable status. Scott Lavery argues that because of their exclusivity all fee-paying schools should have their charity tax-breaks revoked. There is an institution that cultivates the growing inequality across our society. Its existence is almost entirely devoted to serving the affluent and privileged, ...


Bush confined to the dustbin of history

11th November 2008

As George W. Bush’s second term in office draws to an end, James Foley examines the legacy of arguably the most hated man on earth As equities tumbled and millions of Americans faced repossession in late September, George Bush, in his eighth year as de facto world leader, had these words of comfort: “there’s also ...