2017 February



Equality and Diversity Unit create Second Diversity Calendar

7th February 2017

Deborah Farruggia Writer The Second Annual Diversity Calendar is now available online and details cultural and religious dates throughout the year alongside important university days. The project, which is the result of a collaboration between Interfaith Chaplaincy, the Students’ Representative Council (SRC), the Equality and Diversity Unit, Counselling and Psychological Services, and GUSA, ...


New English Literature society on campus

7th February 2017

Hamish Morrison Reporter The newly created Glasgow University English Literature Society held its first social towards on Tuesday 31 January. English Literature was previously one of the largest subjects at Glasgow University not to have its own dedicated society, and there have been unsuccessful attempts to create one in the past. Founded by President Lewis ...


Coffee with the First Minister

7th February 2017

George Marsden Writer Towards the end of January, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attended a coffee morning at Pollokshields Community Centre. The event, run by local Scottish National Party (SNP) members, was an opportunity for Ms Sturgeon to meet the community and has seen success in other areas across Scotland. As well as serving tea, coffee ...


More UK Universities Divest from Fossil Fuels

6th February 2017

Shona Henderson Writer The number of universities in the UK divesting from fossil fuels has risen to 43. People and Planet, a nationwide student campaign group, reported that 16 UK higher education institutions vowed to divest from fossil fuels last year, joining the 27 other UK universities who had already divested. These new institutions include ...


Glasgow Night Shelter Holds Successful Charity Evening

6th February 2017

Tza Wa Yeung Writer Over 150 people recently attended a “Cup of tea with a refugee” event at the Anderston Kelvingrove Parish Church Hall this month in order to raise funds and support for the Glasgow Night Shelter. The free event raised a total of £746.18 for the shelter. People were encouraged to eat, drink ...


Glasgow University’s Dumfries campus student numbers treble

6th February 2017

Katy Scott News Editor Student numbers at the University of Glasgow’s Dumfries campus have trebled in the last decade. In 2007, the number of students on campus was 110. At the time, the site faced closure after incurring losses of £800,000 a year. Figures recently revealed that a total of 340 students study at the ...


Gina Aitken Looking Forward to Continuing her Curling Success

6th February 2017

John Gorrod Sports Editor When sibling rivalry convinced Gina Aitken to take up curling, she had little idea that she would go on to represent Great Britain and compete in world championships. “I started curling because my family do it,” she said. “My older sister did it and so I just copied her; I wanted ...


40 Winks in 40 minutes for £40,000

6th February 2017

Sleep pods will fail to solve a problem that students need to sort out themselves George Marsden Writer After the publication of a 30-page report by the Buchanan Institute, so called “nap-pods” will be making an appearance on the Edinburgh University campus in a bid to combat sleep deprivation. Students will be free to use ...


Scottish Students Leave University with Over £10,000 of Debt

6th February 2017

Andrew McCluskey Reporter Statistics from the Student Loan Company have shown that borrowing levels for Scottish students has risen to more than £10,500 by the time they graduate. This increase represents a 42.2% rise in debt since the 2007-2008 academic year, when borrowing levels were £6,070. There was an increase of 29.5% from 2014-2016. Student ...


SRC to hold emergency vote on re-opening rector nominations

6th February 2017

Katy Scott News Editor The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) will hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday 14 February to agree upon a date to re-open nominations for the University of Glasgow’s next rector, after no nominations were received by the closing date last month. SRC president Ameer Ibrahim backed reopening nominations for rector as soon ...