2015 September



Brave New Catalonia

28th September 2015

Tessy Troes Writer On the 19th of September 2014, aboard a train on the outskirts of Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, I experienced the aftermath of the Scottish independence referendum. I found myself among a group of Catalans whose feelings lay somewhere between dejection and optimism, arguing about the result that had reached the Iberian ...


Glasgow University hosts ‘Brexit’ debate

25th September 2015

  By Fraser McGowan Editor The University of Glasgow played host to a ‘Brexit’ Question Time event, where the debate over Britain’s continued membership of the European Union was discussed ahead of the upcoming referendum on the issue. The panel included Alyn Smith MEP (SNP), Claire Baker MSP (Labour), Jackson Carlaw MSP (Conservative), and Jonathon ...


GUU passes motion of “no confidence in Scottish Government” in Freshers Week debate.

20th September 2015

Rhys Harper Online Editor A sizeable majority carried last night’s motion reading ‘This house has no confidence in the Scottish Government’ at the annual Glasgow University Union Freshers Week debate. Debaters for the motion included the Spectator magazine’s Scottish editor Alex Massie, along with current and former GUU debaters. Opponents of the motion featured Natalie ...


Edward Snowden condemns controversial higher education governance bill

14th September 2015

Alastair Thomas Editor The rector of the University of Glasgow told freshers that changes to higher education governance in Scotland could limit student influence Edward Snowden, rector of University of Glasgow, has criticised the Scottish government’s higher education governance bill in his annual Freshers’ Address. The NSA contractor turned whistleblower, who was elected as rector ...


University to ‘remain neutral’ ahead of EU referendum

5th September 2015

Nathan Stilwell News Editor The University of Glasgow will remain neutral in the upcoming referendum on the UK’s membership in the European Union, while encouraging staff and students to speak on both sides of the debate.   The University Court discussed the issue at a meeting on the 24th of June, where a politically neutral ...


G1 employees stage protest on Ashton Lane against alleged exploitation

5th September 2015

Fraser McGowan Editor More than 30 protesters staged a demonstration on Ashton Lane on Thursday 27 August, in opposition to millionaire Stefan King’s treatment of staff at his G1 bar and nightclub empire. It was revealed earlier this year by the UK government that G1 Group had been paying its staff less than the minimum ...


Glasgow University tops National Student Survey in Scotland

5th September 2015

Lauren Holt News Editor The University of Glasgow has ranked joint first in Scotland and joint third in the Russell Group in the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS), achieving a score of 90 in the ‘overall satisfaction’ league table. In a year in which the top positions were dominated by institutions which are not members ...


Alcohol & Freshers’ Week

5th September 2015

Cameron Harris Writer There are persons of a certain age who maintain that ‘if you remember the sixties, you weren’t there’. If you didn’t indulge in a cornucopia of mind-altering substances whilst partying to the outrageous excess of sexual liberation and musical innovation that defined the times, then you were doing something wrong. Some sociologists maintain that ...


GUU without a nightclub for the third Freshers’ Week in a row

5th September 2015

Lauren Holt News Editor   The multimillion pound Stevenson extension remains unfinished over a year after it was due to be completed, resulting in the Glasgow University Union (GUU) having no nightclub facility for the third Freshers’ week in a row. The five storey extension will connect the GUU with the Stevenson Building, creating additional ...


Why I voted for Corbyn.

5th September 2015

Alistair Craig   The rules of politics are changing. Outsiders and populists in Europe and North America are busy tearing up the conventional wisdom of what is possible in mainstream politics. Voters are demanding authenticity and are defining themselves in opposition to the traditional parties of the centre-left and centre-right. It’s reflected in the surge ...