2013 November



Brighter future for language courses

18th November 2013

Euan McTear & Rosannah Jones Scottish universities will find it more difficult to cut language courses following a new measure in University Outcome Agreements, which means that the final decision on any course closures will now rest with the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). The SFC is the body which distributes higher education funding for Scotland and ...


Freshers’ blues

17th November 2013

Amy Mackinnon Freshers’ Week spares no superlative and you’re promised that you will have the best week of your life and make friends for life. It’s a lot of change in a short space of time and for many it can begin to take its toll and feeling homesick, isolated and unsettled is entirely understandable. ...


University joins FutureLearn

17th November 2013

Rosannah Jones & Euan McTear Glasgow University has teamed up with an exclusive group of universities to offer online distance learning courses through FutureLearn, a new system being trialled by the Open University. The launch of the FutureLearn website in September saw the University reveal its first ever MOOC (Massive Online Open Course), entitled ‘Cancer in the ...


To Viper, the beer bar and back

17th November 2013

Rebecca Corbett Laziness overcomes all of us, and as you start to fall into a daily routine, you also notice that your evenings are following that same, dull pattern inherited from first year. My personal one hovers between Ashton Lane, Hillhead Bookclub and Viper, all of which fall worryingly within about a kilometre of my ...


Club Profile: Men’s Rugby

16th November 2013

Mark Jackson Founded in 1869, the Glasgow University Rugby Football Club is one of the University’s oldest student groups. Although we have had some troubled times in our history, the club has seen a huge amount of development in recent years, both on and off the field. Following the appointment of our new coach Peter Jericevich last ...


Review: Trad Sessions

16th November 2013

David Patterson “Have you brought your tools?” is the question asked to me and my friend Luc as we step into Waxy O’Connor’s. The man asking is Steph, who has been running folk sessions for the last 13 years. From a distant corner of the pub come the sounds of Scottish folk rhythms, echoed through ...


Campaign calls for ban on zero-hours

16th November 2013

Hannah McNeill Glasgow University Labour Club and three trade unions have started a campaign pressuring the University to stop using controversial zero-hours contracts and atypical workers. A recent Freedom of Information (FoI) request, submitted by the Glasgow Guardian, has revealed the extent to which Glasgow University uses zero-hours contracts, which do not guarantee fixed hours ...


Hotel for halls overflow

16th November 2013

 Louise Wilson Several students have spent the first few weeks of term living in a hotel after new-build accommodation was not ready for the start of the academic year. 30 students were due to move into the University’s newest accommodation, Central House on Jamaica Street, but alternative arrangements had to be made after the work was not ...


A question of sport

15th November 2013

Gina Mete & Claire Diamond Glasgow University Sports Association is preparing to take on the University over the number of classes students have on Wednesday afternoons. Some departments are known to have scheduled compulsory classes on Wednesday afternoon, in breach of the University Senate policy of keeping the afternoon free for sports. The extent of the ...


The real losers of Glasgow 2014

15th November 2013

Clare Saltiel This summer Glasgow will hold the largest sporting event ever to take place in Scotland. In the run up to the Games, with masses of funding pouring in to prepare the city, new infrastructures being build and existing sports sites re-vamped and exciting jobs offered to students this summer, Glasgow is an exciting ...