2011 December



Hares and Hounds continue to dominate

15th December 2011

Petya Todorova Thomas Fay snatched gold in the Glasgow Hares and Hounds annual 5 mile road race, as the former Glasgow student returned to his former stomping ground to comfortably take the title by 53 seconds ahead of current Glasgow student Adam Peters to win with a time of 25.14. Glasgow claimed gold ...


Rock’n’ Roller Derby

15th December 2011

Dasha Miller Walking into the ARC at Caledonian University, I was immediately faced with a line of Stormtroopers emerging from the men’s changing area. This was not going to be a regular sports event. Roller Derby is full of oddities, but they all add to its colourful effect. Like other sports, it has ...


Knock out blow for Glasgow Boxing

12th December 2011

Chris Millar Fergus Waddell Fighters descended on Dundee from around the country, piling into the small basement club in the Student Union that, for one day only, was converted into a boxing arena to host the coveted Scottish University Championships. There is an excited air of anticipation around the tightly packed auditorium whilst behind ...


Former Glasgow University students making a name for themselves with the Scottish Conservatives

12th December 2011

Euan McTear The new leader of Scotland’s Tories, Ruth Davidson, has faced a tricky first month since taking the reins on 4th November. During her electoral campaign, she had to sack her parliamentary assistant Ross McFarlane, after the Sunday Herald discovered footage of him setting fire to a flag of the European Union, whilst dressed ...


The curious case of John Oguchuckwu

12th December 2011

Amy Mackinnon John should be sitting where you are now: reading the Glasgow Guardian, in the library perhaps, maybe over a coffee, taking a break from writing his honours dissertation. Instead, the Glasgow student is in Lagos, Nigeria, with no home, no medication and no money. “The others came back to families” he says, “but ...


MyCampus (December feature)

12th December 2011

Part 1: it will be “MyCampus, but not as we know it” The issues which made the implementation of MyCampus almost farcical when it launched in September should be resolved by the beginning of the next academic year, according to the university’s vice principal of learning and teaching, Frank Coton. Part 2: staff feedback to ...


MyCampus: staff feedback

12th December 2011

The following is a body of staff comments given as part of the staff consultation on MyCampus, which was initiated in the wake of the system’s troubled launch in September 2011. There is very little functionality in this system, I’m amazed that it was chosen as the “best” system that was on offer. The ...


2012: ‘MyCampus, but not as we know it’

12th December 2011

Oliver Milne The issues which made the implementation of MyCampus almost farcical when it launched in September should be resolved by the beginning of the next academic year, according to the university’s vice principal of learning and teaching, Frank Coton. Coton, who was speaking at the principal’s ‘question time’, said that next year MyCampus would ...


MyCampus: on the frontline

12th December 2011

Anonymous MyCampus helpdesk staff And so an email landed in my inbox; “would you like to earn some money over Freshers Week as MyCampus support? ‘No’, was the initial answer in my head, until I remembered my place as a postgraduate student at a university which meets every request and every outcry with “we’ve got ...


How to make the worst of software changeovers

12th December 2011

James Humphries Hello, and welcome to the 2011/12 edition of Bureaucracy and You, your one-stop shop for maximising inefficiency, alienation and teeth-grinding rage among your consumers. In this simple and easy-to-follow guide, we use real-life examples to take you through methods guaranteed to double or even treble the number of consumers who want to rip ...