2013 October



Student anger over poor strike disruption management

31st October 2013

Chris McLaughlin Students have complained of a lack of information and consideration from University authorities in their response to today’s industrial action on campus. Staff at the University of Glasgow today joined colleagues across the UK in a coordinated strike action over pay. Members of the University and College Union (UCU), Unite and UNISON called ...


Higher education strike

30th October 2013

Chris McLaughlin Three major trades unions representing University staff say they will strike at the end of this month unless employers improve their latest offer on pay increases. The University and College Union (UCU), UNISON and Unite members at universities across the UK intend to hold a one-day strike on the 31 October. This may ...


Back to basics in Bolivia

30th October 2013

Jordan Sinclair Giant spiders, exotic diseases and long drop “toilets”. No electricity, hot water or Internet. Sounds like hell on earth, doesn’t it? Well, despite what it sounds like, I somehow managed to cope. This summer, I spent six weeks in Bolivia, volunteering for a charity called Inti Wara Yassi, which runs three animal sanctuaries ...


SRC boasts “biggest council we’ve ever had”

25th October 2013

Louise Wilson After a day of highly contested elections, the Students’ Representative Council is nearly full, with just two positions remaining vacant.   Of the 24 spaces on the Council which needed filling, only three were uncontested. They were Arts Postgraduate Convenor, Culture and Creative Arts Representative and Education Representative. This is a huge turnaround ...


Can’t cook, don’t cook

23rd October 2013

Louise Wilson It’s a Wednesday night, you have the midweek blues and simply cannot face the nightly dance with the stove. But you’re a day late for Two for Tuesday, and stepping outside to pick up a micro-meal is even less desirable than that week old mince at the back of your fridge. This exact ...


Studying abroad needs good planning

23rd October 2013

Euan McTear Regular readers of the Glasgow Guardian (and why wouldn’t you be? -Ed.) will have seen an article in the last issue on a year abroad that unfortunately didn’t live up to expectations. The girl was out in the sticks, unable to travel very far due to the hours her teaching assistant job kept ...


Review: Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs

22nd October 2013

Patrick Goldie ‘Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs’ was recently released, a game which I had been patiently anticipating for quite a while. It’s a follow-up to the indie developer Frictional Games’ terrifying ‘Amnesia: The Dark Descent’ (2010). In the original, you found yourself lost and alone inside an immense, dimly-lit Gothic castle. You were given ...


Glasgow Uni rises in global league tables

22nd October 2013

  Chris McLaughlin The ranking of the University of Glasgow has risen in two prestigious university league tables. The university rose 22 places from 139th to 117th in the survey conducted by Times Higher Education (THE) which assesses the world’s top 400 higher education institutions. The results of the 2013 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) survey, which ...


Review: Filth

21st October 2013

Alastair Livesley Anyone who has has seen it will agree – it’s hard to describe Filth without sounding grossly offended by it. The film is, as its trailer boastfully lists, twisted, sexy, depraved and indeed, offensive. Jon S. Baird’s second directed feature clearly lives up to its title. Excelling not only in shock-mongering, but also in ...


Scottish conservatism isn’t for the old boys

15th October 2013

Chris McLaughlin I have a confession to make – I’m conservative. For a long time now I’ve known I was different, but it’s taken me years to finally admit it to myself. As yet I haven’t plucked up the courage to tell my family, but I fear they’ve already  got their suspicions. I once let ...