2013 September



What belongs to us all

18th September 2013

J. Urquhart For me, as an asexual transgender person, the Glasgow University community has been an accepting place. For the most part, I was able to be honest about myself. However, last term I was shocked when the ugly head of sexism reared its head on our campus so frightfully. At Glasgow, I’ve found a ...


The Catch-22 of Club 21

18th September 2013

Claire Diamond Club 21, the University’s internship programme, has been criticised by the Students’ Representative Council (GUSRC) for not doing enough to prevent students being exploited when out on internships. Although many students have offered glowing testimonies of the Club 21 scheme, GUSRC has raised concerns that some employers are taking advantage of students recruited ...


Keyboard activists

18th September 2013

Imants Latkovskis G1 Group, one of Scotland’s largest venue operators and a trendsetter of Glasgow’s nightlife, has recently come under attack over a series of scandals.  After a few tumultuous months, some activists have taken to Facebook and Twitter to start a boycott of the company’s venues. Firstly, the Shimmy Club gained notoriety for installing ...


Millport remains open

18th September 2013

Jeanine Raw The University Marine Biological Station at Millport is to remain open, following a £3.5 million redevelopment deal with the Field Studies Council (FSC). As of January 1st, 2014, all physical assets of the station, including land, facilities and buildings and assets will be transferred to the FSC, a charitable organisation which specialises in ...


Quizmasters sacked after sexist quiz

18th September 2013

Euan McTear A popular Ashton Lane bar has fired the two quizmasters behind ‘The Big Fact Hunt’ weekly quiz night after a row over the nature of several of the questions and comments. The two quizmasters, one of whom is a third year Glasgow University medical student, worked at popular student bar Radio, before being ...


New governance code ignores SRC suggestions

18th September 2013

Sam Wigglesworth Glasgow University is to implement the main points of the controversial new Scottish Code of Good Higher Education Governance. The aim of the Code is to “promote the enduring success, integrity and probity” of the institutions that choose to apply it and to increase accountability and transparency in the university sector. Education trade ...


Eggcellent selection

17th September 2013

Katie Arthur Scrambled eggs: The classic go-to for the morning after, the saviour of pounding heads and spinning rooms, and surprisingly abundant in the West End… Having harboured a little penchant for this whisked golden treat for quite some time now, I’ve visited a few of the many purveyors dotted around. It was with growing ...


Stranger than fiction

17th September 2013

Louise Wilson The reference may be ageing – the first Harry Potter book was released back in 1997 – but the game of Muggle Quidditch is beginning to take off in Britain. What it lacks in flying broomsticks and a golden Snitch, it makes up for in enthusiasm and competitive play from both the players ...


771 zero-hours contracts at Glasgow University

17th September 2013

Hannah McNeill Glasgow University has continued to employ 771 members of staff on zero-hours contracts, despite the recent outcry against this type of employment. The number of staff on these controversial contracts has increased since April, when the university employed 734 people on this basis. Glasgow University has also continued to advertise zero-hours job vacancies ...


Review: Elysium

16th September 2013

Patrick Goldie Writer-director Neill Blomkamp’s second feature, ‘Elysium’, is another ambitious, though ultimately unsuccessful, attempt at an allegorical sci-fi blockbuster. His Johannesburg-set debut, ‘District 9’ (2009), depicted xenophobic humans oppressing an impoverished alien species, drawing parallels with the South African apartheid.  This time a wider range...