2010 February



News in brief 22/02/10

22nd February 2010

University appoints first female Regius Chair Professor Anna Dominiczak OBE has become the first woman to be appointed to one of the thirteen Regius Professorships available at the University of Glasgow. Prof. Dominiczak is Head of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences and Director of the British Heart Foundation Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre. The Regius Professorships were ...


The Unnamed

22nd February 2010

Tom Bonnick Joshua Ferris’ first novel, 2007’s Then We Came To The End, announced a bold new voice in American fiction — one which lay somewhere between Don Delillo (whose own work of fiction, Americana, gave Then We Came to the End its title) and Jonathan Franzen. In that instance, Ferris’ reach did not quite ...


Child’s play it ain’t

22nd February 2010

Sage Pearce-Higgins discusses the importance of satire in Nabokov’s fiction In 2008, Woolworths briefly stocked a range of children’s bedroom furniture with the brand-name Lolita. Initially baffled by the complaints that were made, the company subsequently withdrew the items from sale. It seemed that their marketing department was not only ignorant of the literary connotations ...


Luxury, labour and life

22nd February 2010

James Maxwell … talks Marx and alienation with professional philosopher and documentary-maker Alain de Botton. A lot of people don’t like Alain de Botton, the professional philosopher, author and documentary-maker. Or, at least, a lot of people I know don’t like Alain de Botton. He is viewed, by a select-cut of my most cerebral and ...


Tartan Tories

22nd February 2010

James Maxwell asks Murdo Fraser MSP, Deputy Leader of the Scottish Tories, about his party’s awkward relationship with Scotland As the Labour government continues to crumble and decay, David Cameron’s Conservatives look set to sweep into office this summer. For more than two years now, they have registered a healthy 8 — 12% poll lead ...


Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 (City Halls)

20th February 2010

Sage Pearce-Higgins Chopin, Piano Concerto in F minor. Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Joseph Swensen, conductor; Polina Leschenko, piano. “Chopin was proud, passionate, tormented and very manly.” So Ingrid Bergman tells us in the film Autumn Sonata. Without doubt one of the hardest composers to interpret, the conventional image of Chopin has his music balanced precariously between ...


Students ‘kept in dark’ over restructure

1st February 2010

Sarah Smith The University’s plans for restructure were passed by the University Court on December 16, despite the fact that many members of staff still have concerns and that many students have still received no information about the plans. A Guardian poll of 116 students has revealed that 73% are unaware of the plans for ...


Baracknophobia or Obamania?

1st February 2010

Too early to condemn Sarah Smith President Obama has used his first year in office to introduce historic healthcare legislation, provide a financial stimulus package of almost $800bn in order to rescue a collapsing economy, and broker a deal on climate change which unites both the US and China for the first time ever. And ...


£20,000 worth of kit stolen from canoe club

1st February 2010

Anna Murray Glasgow University Canoe Club has had over £20,000 worth of equipment stolen over the festive period. The sports club had their kit locked in a storage area off-campus in Hyndland while members were away for Christmas and New Year. Over this period, the shed was broken into and sixteen kayaks were taken, as ...


Russell Group hits out at cuts to university budgets

1st February 2010

Nick Sikora The Russell Group, the association of Britain’s leading research-led universities, has stated that universities will suffer a “devastating” decline following a government announcement on funding. Writing in an open letter in The Guardian, Russell Group chairman Michael Arthur warned that: “It has taken more than 800 years to create one of the world’s ...