2016 February



QMU president invites LGBT rights campaigner ‘no platformed’ by the NUS to speak at union

22nd February 2016

Rhys Harper Online Editor The president of the Queen Margaret Union has extended an invitation to Peter Tatchell, in response to the National Union of Student’s alleged ‘no-platforming’ of the veteran LGBT rights campaigner. The NUS drew widespread criticism last week after Peter Tatchell was perceived to have been blacklisted by the NUS following their ...


Review: Endgame

21st February 2016

Cameron Harris Samuel Beckett seems to be enjoying something of a revival in Scottish theatre lately. There again, he’s never really far from the fray. As with Shakespeare, you can always be sure that someone somewhere is putting on one of Beckett’s plays. Last year Waiting for Godot opened at the Edinburgh Lyceum to rave ...


If Britain is committed to equality, Rhodes must fall

18th February 2016

Selena Drake Writer The colonialism debate could well be seen as outdated; it has been a couple of centuries now since Western countries marched into other continents considered to be ‘uncivilised’ and ‘savage’, planting flags where they chose without a second thought. Cecil Rhodes was one of these individuals who did not consider the people ...


Glasgow University students to visit Middle East

17th February 2016

Nathan Stilwell News Ten politics students from the University of Glasgow are travelling to Jordan, Lebanon and the West Bank this August to study conflict, narratives, and peacebuilding. The students will be travelling as part of The Olive Tree Initiative (OTI), a new university-based organisation that promotes conflict analysis and resolution. The extensive itinerary includes ...


Glasgow University to face increase in Higher Education Academy subscription fees

16th February 2016

Osama Writer From September this year, Glasgow University will be required to pay an increased annual fee of £65,000 towards the Higher Education Academy (HEA), a national body focused on improving the quality and reputation of teaching in higher education. The HEA is set to double fees for more than half of all subscribed universities, ...


Deporting graduates sends the clear message that the UK is only interested in international students as cash cows

15th February 2016

Annina Claesson Writer After this April, non-EU citizens will be required to earn no less than £35,000 a year in order to remain in the country. Home Secretary Theresa May’s initiative will come into force, demanding that every non-EU citizen who has worked in the UK for five years earn above the pay threshold or ...


‘We’re going on a bear hunt…’

12th February 2016

  Fergus Taylor Fourth year medical student Beloved children’s author Michael Rosen joined the long list of people up in arms against Jeremy Hunt last week, with a series of satirical messages posing as ‘his new speech-writer.’ There were 36 at last count. (He took a short respite to post a video of a poem ...


The NHS is a place for healthcare, not protest

12th February 2016

Harry Vizor Writer Throughout February and March the Christian pro-life group ‘Forty days for Life’ will be picketing outside Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. According to their mission statement they attempt to put into action “a desire to cooperate with God in the carrying out of His plan for the end of abortion. It draws ...


Glasgow University plays a key role in the historic detection of gravitational waves

11th February 2016

Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein’s prediction Scientists have observed the warping of space-time, generated by the collision of two black holes more than a billion light-years from Earth Nathan Stilwell, Andrew McIntyre and Katy Scott News Editor and News Reporters For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime, ...


In defence of… the individual student experience

11th February 2016

Hannah Westwater Writer So now we’re halfway through the academic year and the dust has most certainly settled. Maybe you’re in first year, coming face to face with your first set of university grades and being forced to accept the reality of another five months of 3am Murano fire alarms. You might be in your ...