2016 February



GUU ‘doing everything possible’ to resolve Hive ‘false alarms’

10th February 2016

    Despite ‘several previous assurances’, the defective fire alarm continues to cause problems for clubbers.       Problem beginning to ‘damage’ the reputation of The Hive, says Rory Slater   Nathan Stilwell News Editor   The Glasgow University Union (GUU) board of management has released a statement saying that it is “no more ...


Faux-working class students of GU, unite! You have nothing to lose but your vintage Ellesse

9th February 2016

Gregor Harrison Writer It is a common belief amongst the general population that students are usually poor. We shop in charity shops, we choose which free entry club nights to attend according to which will offer us the highest number of alcohol units at the lowest price, we buy from the reduced aisle in Tesco to ...


Strike all you like, junior doctors

8th February 2016

Sophie Graham Writer Strike action being taken by junior doctors has been endlessly reported on since the first whisperings of its possibility, and staff across the country are poised to walk out for the second time next week, accompanied by a flurry of opinions. It’s easy to get caught up in the media snowstorm, with ...


Universities blocked from trying to exempt themselves from Freedom of Information laws

8th February 2016

Alastair Thomas Editor The University of Glasgow and Russell Group universities have seen their proposal to exempt themselves from the Freedom of Information Act rejected. Glasgow is one of 24 elite universities who demanded exemption from the Act, implemented in 2005 to allow free access to information about public institutions. However, the UK’s Russell Group ...


Penguin dropping degree requirements is a step in the right direction

7th February 2016

Claire Thomson Views Editor There are many downsides to being an English Literature student. Being forced to read Robinson Crusoe in first year and not being eligible for 90 per cent of internships the well-meaning Careers Service emails us to name but two.   But the biggest and most unrelenting downside to studying English rears ...


Scottish government backtracks over controversial university reforms

5th February 2016

    Fraser McGowan Editor The cabinet secretary for education and lifelong learning Angela Constance has backtracked over proposed legislation to reform the way universities are run in Scotland, amid fears of greater ministerial interference from Holyrood in universities. Angela Constance wrote to the Scottish Parliament’s education committee saying the government intends to withdr...


SRC president’s letter to Angela Constance – cabinet secretary for education and lifelong learning

5th February 2016

Liam King, president of the Glasgow University Students’ Representative Council (GUSRC), sent the following response to Angela Constance, the cabinet secretary for education and lifelong learning. In her letter, sent in December 2015, she said that the higher education governance bill will be considered by parliament in early 2016, and that it “seeks to enable ...


SRC agrees campaign spending limits

4th February 2016

  Fraser McGowan Editor The Glasgow University Students’ Representative Council (GUSRC) has agreed a campaign spending limit which will apply in all future GUSRC elections. Candidates for any of the four sabbatical positions will be permitted to spend a maximum of £200 on their campaign, with candidates for non-sabbatical positions being limited to £50. In ...


Why you should care about the higher education governance bill

3rd February 2016

Alastair Thomas & Fraser McGowan Editors The higher education governance bill: it’s about as exciting as it sounds. In layman’s terms, it’s the Scottish government’s proposal for how Scottish universities should be run, and by whom. To us, students of a Scottish university, it will make very little difference to our daily lives.  We’ll still ...


Beating Russell Group elitism

3rd February 2016

Clare Patterson Writer Healthy inter-campus jokes have always been a part of student life, from sporting matches to league tables, to comparing courses with friends at home. Dating back to the thirteenth century between Oxford and Cambridge, rivalries are alive and well between Glasgow and Edinburgh, Glasgow and Strathclyde, Glasgow and every other Scottish University. ...