2012 October



QMU Autumn by-election

31st October 2012

Rosannah Jones & Claire Diamond Halloween saw the Queen Margaret Union hold its autumn by-election for new board members. The successfully elected candidates were Kerr Stevenson, Saxon Strausz, Bryce Johnston, Calum MacInnes, Sean McFadden, Andrew McAllister and Emma Jewson. President of the QMU, Colum Fraser, said: ‘This is an incredibly important time for the Union, and ...


Glasgow University to hold independence poll

29th October 2012

Claire Diamond Students at the University of Glasgow have launched plans to hold a campus referendum on Scottish Independence. A broad coalition of student societies will invite all 23,000 students to the ballot boxes next February, ahead of the autumn referendum. The event will be the first large-scale poll of Scottish university students on Scotland’s ...


Gilchrist Postgraduate Club opens

26th October 2012

Michael Comerford On the 26th October the University opens the new Gilchrist Postgraduate Club, the only one of its kind in Scotland and one of only a handful in the UK. The club is open until 11pm most nights and features barista coffee, a bar and a different menu from what is currently available around campus. ...


Russell Group Universities in Clearing

24th October 2012

Louise Wilson Six of the twenty-four Russell Group universities were available through UCAS Clearing this year, a rarity for the Group. Some members of the Group have never been offered through Clearing before. The Russell Group blamed this rise on the changes to the English funding system for universities. Universities would have been heavily fined ...


A £7m development? Now is the time to protect the unions.

24th October 2012

Chris Sibbald Confirmation of the University’s investment in Glasgow University Union (GUU) was welcome news to this writer: partly because of my affinity with the aforementioned institution as ex-President; but more importantly, because it signalled a tangible investment in student services. In my time at University (since 2008) the Senior Management Group (SMG) have mastered ...


GUST anger over ‘Say Hello’ video

24th October 2012

Louise Wilson Members of Glasgow student television team, GUST, have expressed anger over the University spending £15 505 oo the ‘Say Hello’ youtube video released in July. All forms of student media, including GUST, GUM and Subcity, are funded through the SRC using the budget the University provides. Over recent years, the amount received by ...


£7m for Hive redevelopment

24th October 2012

Louise Wilson Plans for the £7m redevelopment of Glasgow University Union in collaboration with the Sport and Recreation Service have been released. The construction work, due to begin in January 2013, will be on-going until September 2014 when it is expected Hive will reopen in time for Fresher’s Week. The current Extension, which will be ...


Bet your bottom pound

24th October 2012

David Robertson The next time you’re in Glasgow city centre, I’d like you to play a game. Count the number of betting shops you can see. Start at Driftwood and walk up Sauchiehall Street, passing Rose, Cambridge, Hope and West Nile Street along the way. Turn right onto Buchanan Street, walking down until you’re on ...


QMU block grant suspended

24th October 2012

Oliver Milne £67,000 of the University’s block grant to the Queen Margaret Union has been suspended by the University Court’s Student Finance Sub-Committee. The QMU – who were informed of the decision on the second day of Freshers’ Week – were due to receive the second tranche of the block grant in October. The committee ...


Police launch Operation Fortress after Hillhead break-ins

24th October 2012

Louise Wilson Police have cautioned students to be vigilant after a series of break-ins in the Hillhead area, launching a campaign designed to reduce the number of crimes targeted towards students. Operation Fortress, as the campaign is to be known, began on October 1st. It will be a two month operation to increase safety and ...