2015 November



People die of “exposure”

29th November 2015

Jodie Pearce Columnist Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), the operators of Glasgow’s Subway, have recently been slammed across social media for their competition inviting students to create their next promotional animation. The catch? In return for their work, the winning design will receive ‘exposure’ and a year’s free subway travel, as opposed to any form ...


Facebook, morality and Paris

29th November 2015

  Zoe McNaughton Writer The recent terror attacks in Paris have left all of us shocked, saddened and frankly terrified for the state of our world, and no other platform illustrated this more than Facebook. In reaction to this tragedy, millions of us took to social media in true 21st century style to express our ...


Five children’s books to reread as an adult

28th November 2015

Lucy Morrison Writer In the run up to a Christmas when Santa’s lists will be saturated with polite but desperate requests for iPhone 6s and Playstation 4s, it has never been more important to publicise and emphasise the rewards of children’s literature. Book Week Scotland takes place this year from Monday 23 – Sunday 29 ...


Why the UK needs a political party that stands up for women

27th November 2015

Laura Ferguson Writer A comedian and a journalist have a drink in a pub and decide to set up a political party. It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke but that’s exactly how the Women’s Equality Party originated: Sandi Toksvig and Catherine Mayer are its co-founders. This is a single-issue party with a ...


It was acceptable in the ’80s: Scotland’s ‘gay blood’ ban

26th November 2015

Rhys Harper Online Editor France’s rolling back of their medical ban on blood donations from MSMs (men who have sex with men: gay men, bisexual men, men who want to try new things but are frightened by the dental effects of crystal meth) two weeks ago is a welcome improvement for LGBT citizens across the channel. ...


Sturgeon champions trade unions in Jimmy Reid Memorial Lecture at Glasgow University

25th November 2015

Claire Thomson Views Editor Nicola Sturgeon delivered the third annual Jimmy Reid Memorial Lecture in Glasgow University’s Bute Hall last night. The lecture, held in memoriam of the trade union leader and the University’s former rector, centred on the topic of “workers’ rights as human rights”. After entering the hall in a procession of University ...


Thoughts on an epidemic

25th November 2015

Thomas Hay Writer Those of you who know me will be aware that I’m not usually one for saying what I think about things, but there’s something I really have to get off my chest. I think that quite frankly, enough is enough. After everything that’s happened, it’s time to speak up. Nobody wants to ...


The tax on being a woman

24th November 2015

Claire Thomson Views Editor I wonder if anybody, ever, has found an edible cake decoration absolutely essential. Without their wafer daisy, they simply could not go on. Their health, hygiene and emotional wellbeing depended on this one fondant Santa, without which they could not function. According to HMRC, they have. Edible cake decorations, from sprinkles ...


Glasgow University has more six-figure salaried employees than any other Scottish university

23rd November 2015

Rhys Harper Online Editor The University of Glasgow has more six-figure salaried employees than any other university in Scotland, a study has found.   The study from the Taxpayers’ Alliance revealed that Glasgow University has the seventh highest number of employees earning over £100,000 per annum across UK universities as a whole, with eighty employees ...


The GU Charity Fashion Show was little more than an ego trip for the few, not an ‘astounding’ success for charity

20th November 2015

Alastair Thomas & Fraser McGowan Editors It seems you can get away with just about anything in the name of charity. Since 2014, Glasgow University Charity Fashion Show (GUCFS) has received universal admiration on campus for its ability to combine professionalism with a meaningful charitable cause. The launch of this year’s fashion show in October ...