2009 September



17 year-old raped in West End

28th September 2009

Sarah Smith A 17 year-old woman was raped during the early hours of September 20 whilst walking down Bank Street in the direction of Great Western Road. At around 3am, the victim was grabbed from behind before being forced into a doorway where she was subjected to what police are describing as a “horrifying” assault. ...


Disgraced rugby team to be reinstated

28th September 2009

Ross Mathers The controversial ban imposed on Glasgow University Rugby Club (GURFC) looks set to end after plans to re-instate the team were announced by the University. The exiled team was issued the punishment in December 2008 after a catalogue of inappropriate behaviour. Since January 1 2009 the team, established 140 years ago, has been ...


Students left without loans

28th September 2009

Craig MacLellan Thousand of English students, including those studying at Scottish universities, have been left without their loans after the Student Loans Company (SLC) struggled with demand for loans. The firm, which has only this year taken over the processing of maintenance grants and tuition fees from local councils, has seen applications rise 17% since ...


GUU President Chris Jubb forced to resign

28th September 2009

Ross Mathers Only five months after becoming President of the Glasgow University Union (GUU), Chris Jubb has resigned. A by-election for the position has been declared for October 8 after the Union endured Freshers’ Week without a president. Jubb stood for the position of GUU President in the elections held in March, but won by ...


The battle for Otago Lane

28th September 2009

Ross Mathers Attempts to develop Otago Lane have been declared invalid at their first attempt by Glasgow City Council. The historic lane in Glasgow’s West End has been targeted for massive building work by developer Hugh Scott where he has proposed to construct several blocks of flats up to eight storeys high and further commercial ...


News in brief: 28/09/09

28th September 2009

Lecturer killed in Ethiopia Professor Simon Thirgood, Honorary Professor in Division of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, was killed in Ethiopia on 30 August. Professor Thirgood, who had been working on a biodiversity project at the time, was killed when a building collapsed on him during a high windstorm. Professor Daniel Haydon, Professor of Population Ecology ...


New animal hospital opens

28th September 2009

Craig MacLellan Europe’s most advanced animal hospital has opened its doors at Glasgow University’s Garscube Campus in Bearsden. The new £15 million institute, which has taken ten years of planning, is expected to have over 11,000 visits annually. The centre will provide a new benchmark for the care of animals with a vast range of ...


Bronze Age tomb discovered in Perth

28th September 2009

Craig MacLellan A team of archaeologists have discovered an early Bronze Age burial chamber during a joint venture between the Universities of Glasgow and Aberdeen. The chamber, which is believed to be around 4000 years old, was discovered at Forteviot, Perthshire, during the 2009 summer season of the Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot (SERF) project. ...


Glasgow University climbs national league table

28th September 2009

Anna Murray The latest Sunday Times University Guide published this month saw the University of Glasgow gain nine places in its rankings. The University moved from 31st in last year’s results to joint 22nd place, making the biggest gain of any of the top 30 universities listed. The University was awarded a total of 755 ...


University lecturer awarded fellowship

28th September 2009

Jessie Rodger The Ian Sword Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at the University of Glasgow, has been awarded a prestigious fellowship by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The award of £1.04 million over the next five years will support Dr Rudi Marquez in his research into the next generation of healthcare, which is ...