2009 January



Graduate employment drops by 17%

21st January 2009

Struan Campbell A recent report suggests that students graduating in 2009 may face difficulties gaining degree-worthy employment. The report, conducted into Britain’s one hundred leading employers by High Fliers Research, shows that there has been a 17% drop in the intake of new graduates, due to the recent economic downturn. Also highlighted within the findings ...


SNP ‘betray’ students over grants pledge

21st January 2009

Ross Mathers The higher eduction funding system in Scotland looks set to face considerable changes in the coming years. The Scottish Government have announced various plans to update the student support structure in line with the idea that people should have access to learning on the basis of their academic merits, not on their ability ...


Uni rugby club suspended for rest of year

21st January 2009

Colin Daniels The future of one of Glasgow University’s oldest sports clubs is in jeopardy following a decision by the University Court last month. Glasgow University Rugby Football Club (GURFC), founded in 1869, has been prohibited from using the University’s name and facilities as of January 1. The drastic action, advocated by Glasgow University Sports ...


Graduate staff fight for fair pay

21st January 2009

Sarah Smith University of Glasgow employees are campaigning for better working conditions, having received no rise in pay for seven years. Graduate teaching assistants (GTAs), many of whom are still studying as post-graduate students, have not received a pay increase since 2002 and, in some instances, are effectively earning less than the national minimum wage. ...


Graduate wins £15,000 award

21st January 2009

Amy McGregor University of Glasgow alumnus, Jen Hadfield, has become the youngest ever recipient of the T.S. Eliot Prize for her second collection of poems, Nigh-No-Place. The prize is awarded annually to the best collection of new verse in English by the Poetry Book Society. It is regarded as one of the most prestigious awards, ...


The thyme of your life

21st January 2009

Ishbel Begg Recent research by a team of Glasgow University scientists into the circadian ‘clocks’ in plants could have significant implications for the way we live our lives. The results of the study, led by Professor Hugh Nimmo, have overturned the earlier theory that plant cells contain identical, independent circadian clocks. On the premise that ...


Glasgow’s research is “world-leading”

21st January 2009

Craig MacLellan Academic research at the University of Glasgow has received excellent results in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The RAE, which is undertaken every seven years, examines the quality of research carried out by universities across the UK and is an internationally recognised standard. Almost 70% of the research submitted by the University ...


Muscatelli announced as new Principal

21st January 2009

Amy McGregor It has been announced that Professor Anton Muscatelli will be the the next Principal of the University of Glasgow. The unanimous decision of the University Court to appoint Muscatelli has been warmly received. Following the appointment, Joy Travers, Chancellor’s Assessor and Chair of the University’s Selection Committee, expressed her satisfaction with the selection. ...


Imitation: sincerest form of strategy?

21st January 2009

George Binning An Edinburgh university became the centre of controversy when it emerged that their strategic plan had been plagiarised from the University of Glasgow Students’ Representative Council’s own strategic plan. The 34-page document dictates the policy of Queen Margaret University Student Union (QMUSU) for the next four years, outlining the Union’s structure and aims, ...


Glasgow students demonstrate against Israel’s attack on Gaza

21st January 2009

Pete Ramand Glasgow and Strathclyde students have joined a series of demonstrations condemning Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip. The demonstrations, organised by the Stop the War Coalition, and supported by various other groups, have resulted in thousands of people turning out to protest all over the country. Saturday January 3 saw an estimated 4000 ...