2016 December



Marvin Gaye Chetwynd’s subversive solo show

30th December 2016

Rachel Boyd Deputy Culture Editor – Art Uptight Upright Upside Down is an exhibition dealing with the inversion of expectations. As a source, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd draws heavily on Baktin’s musings on performance as a locus for political decentralization; evoking a brief period of time in which lower classes can engage with and challenge any ...


Students vote in favour of nap pods at Edinburgh University

29th December 2016

Wallis Spence Writer The Buchanan Institute, a student thinktank at the University of Edinburgh has petitioned to install four “nap pods” at the University. The petition also called for an increase in comfort in places deemed as high stress areas on campus. Students recently voted in favour of installing the pods in an effort to ...


What’s Next?: Paths from English Literature

27th December 2016

Felicia Bengtsson Writer English Literature students and alumni recently met for a chance to discuss answers to the perpetual question: what happens after university? The alumni event “What’s Next?: Paths from English Literature” included a lineup of eight former students, diverse both in terms of their graduation years, ranging from 1976 to 2011, and career ...


University of Glasgow Research Featured in Altmetric Top 100

27th December 2016

Andrew McCluskey Writer Two academic papers by researchers from the University of Glasgow have featured in Altmetric’s Top 100. Altmetric’s Top 100 highlights the scientific papers that have received the most attention over the past year. Using a combination of public policy announcements, mainstream media coverage, citations on Wikipedia and a host of other metrics, ...


Glasgow student donates life-saving stem cells

27th December 2016

Dalia Gala Writer A medical student at Glasgow University was found to be a match for a stem cell transplant in May of this year. Gregor Stark, who is actively involved in Glasgow Marrow, decided to be an example to all those who are considering registering as a bone marrow donor. Gregor recently donated his ...


Scottish universities to help students facing domestic abuse

27th December 2016

Charlene Shillan Writer Scottish Women’s Aid and NUS Scotland have united to urge students facing domestic abuse to seek support. Marking the 16 Days of Action campaign, the organisations have teamed up to raise awareness of the rising numbers of Scottish women under the age of 30 being domestically abused. While overall reports of domestic ...


University funding levels are “unsustainable”

27th December 2016

Charlie Heywood-Heath Writer Universities in Scotland have warned the Scottish Funding Council that the current financial support being received is not sustainable. This revelation comes after many universities announce that if funding levels fail to improve, courses and staffing will have to be cut. Since 2010, real term funding from the Scottish Funding Council has ...


Drinkaware Crews to support vulnerable clubbers in Glasgow

27th December 2016

Jo Reid Writer The charity Drinkaware has teamed up with the Best Bar None scheme to protect vulnerable individuals over the festive season. Winter is one of the most vulnerable times of year for clubbers, as the holidays tend to encourage relaxing and over indulging. Clubbers are often at a greater risk of both hurting ...


The Snooper’s Charter: a death sentence for those working at the fringe of acceptability?

24th December 2016

The new law threatens online privacy and academic freedom Morgaine Das Varma Writer Last month, the UK Investigatory Powers Act became law amidst a storm of protest. Better known as the “Snooper’s Charter,” the legislation has faced objections from civil rights activists to porn sites. To put it succinctly, it is the most extensive internet ...


Christmas charity: should we be cynical?

24th December 2016

Thomas McDonald Writer We must cast our minds back quite some time should we wish to understand where the modern, cynically marketed, trend of Christmas charity comes from. In the first sense, it is symptomatic of the seasonal climate of a historically Christian continent; it is at once associative and experiential. The majority of Europe ...