2009 November



Afghanistan: time to decide

30th November 2009

Staged withdrawal Tom Bonnick When war was declared on the Taliban regime in Afghanistan in October 2001, I supported the invasion. America made a series of perfectly reasonable demands — like, stop sheltering the terrorists who killed 3,000 people a fortnight ago — which were then ignored. Even though the war was a brutal one, ...


SLC fat cat-astrophe

30th November 2009

The news that the Student Loans Company (SLC) paid its staff almost £2 million in bonuses last year is difficult to accept when there are still tens of thousands of students still waiting for their financial support. It is almost the end of the first term and yet there are still thousands of university students ...


Rain Man (Theatre Royal)

30th November 2009

Tom Bonnick There can’t be many films which are such products of their time as Rain Man. Everything about it screams the late eighties: the Reagan-ite philosophies of individualism and unrestrained consumerism; ultra-glossy production values; a penchant for melodrama or, in the words of Pauline Kael, “wet kitsch”; and Tom Cruise in a leading role. ...


An antihero of our time

30th November 2009

Sage Pearce-Higgins When a Russian person says “oblomalsya” to you they mean “you fucked up”; you really made an “oblom” of that. Failure in all its forms is exemplified by the eponymous hero of the novel Oblomov, written by Ivan Goncharov and published in 1859. Oblomov’s normal condition, we are told, is “lying down”. This ...


Students fight for bandstand

30th November 2009

Ross Mathers Students from the University of Glasgow are uniting with local people in the West End in a campaign to have Kelvingrove Park’s bandstand restored to its former glory. The restoration of the bandstand and surrounding amphitheatre has been the subject of a sustained campaign in recent years and is now joined by a ...


Hyslop announces teacher training review

30th November 2009

Alison Burns The Scottish Government has announced a major review into the training of teachers at Scottish universities. The review will consider whether the teacher training system can meet the needs of pupils in the 21st century. It will also examine Curriculum for Excellence which will continue to be implemented in the new year. Secretary ...


Glasgow professor wins top research award

30th November 2009

Emma McMullan Professor of Experimental Haematology at the University of Glasgow, Tessa Holyoake, has been awarded a distinguished accolade for her work in the field of cancer care and research. Professor Holyoake, who is also director of the Paul O’Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre, was presented with the Cancer Care Team Award at the Scottish Health ...


GUU security called to OneVoice meeting

30th November 2009

Nick Sikora An organisation campaigning for peace in the Middle East was forced to call for GUU security as angry hecklers disrupted speakers at an event hosted by the union. The meeting, organised by the Glasgow University chapter of OneVoice and held in the GUU Debates Chamber, involved visitors from Israel and Palestine speaking to ...


Union elections enjoy mixed results

30th November 2009

Adam Campbell Glasgow University’s student bodies have seen mixed levels of support in the recent series of elections. The elections held at the Queen Margaret Union (QMU) saw an increase in voter turnout, whilst the turnout at the recent Glasgow University Union (GUU) by-election was extremely low. The QMU elections were held for the Ordinary ...


Glasgow best for MBAs

30th November 2009

Alison Burns The University’s business school has been ranked among the world’s top 100 by the Beyond Grey Pinstripes league table. Glasgow has been placed 71st on the list making it the highest ranking institution in Scotland and second highest in the UK. The biennial survey is an alternative ranking which spotlights innovative MBA programmes ...