2017 April



Glasgow protests Chechnya gay rights violations

27th April 2017

Austen Shakespeare Reporter Pride Glasgow, an LGBT charity, recently organised a demonstration in George Square to oppose LGBT rights violations in Chechnya, Russia. The demonstration featured several guest speakers, including SNP councillor Susan Aitken, Stewart McDonald MP, community activist Alastair Rose, Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, and Patrick Harvie MSP; all of whom expressed solidarity and...


Sticking it to the Wrong Man? How the shifting of responsibility has given rise to an anti-establishment revolt

26th April 2017

David Patterson Online and Social Media Editor When I started my time at Glasgow, back in 2013, Alex Salmond had sounded the starting bell for the first Scottish Referendum. Polls showed only 25% of Scots wanted independence, whilst few people outside the Conservative Party and Ukip cared about leaving the EU. Across the Atlantic, Trump ...


The students proving we can make a difference

21st April 2017

Laurie Clarke and Laura Quinn Writers Kim Wood For Glasgow student Kim Wood, a love of volunteering was first sparked by a school work experience initiative. Then living in a small village outside of Peterborough, Kim undertook two weeks’ placement with her local zoo. The role was well suited to her love of zoology and ...


Decline in Scottish HIV Diagnoses

21st April 2017

George Marsden Writer The number of reported HIV cases in Scotland has dropped to a 13 year low. 285 diagnoses were made by Health Protection Scotland in 2016, compared with 360 in 2015, a reduction of 21%. The good news comes as Scotland becomes the first country in the United Kingdom to approve the HIV ...


GU’s Shakespeare Society’s The Winter’s Tale

21st April 2017

Aea Varfis-van Warmelo Writer The Cottiers is a beautiful theatre venue — there is something inherently theatrical about a converted church hosting plays (the most recent student theatre production it accommodated was Stag’s Posh in 2016), and this theatricality does a lot to mitigate the frequently dull and meandering production that is The Winter’s Tale. ...


On How to Be a Human Being, Pineapples and the Music Industry

20th April 2017

Felicia Bengtsson Writer With the release of Glass Animals’ second album How to Be a Human Being, the band has another hectic touring schedule lined up in the coming months. Edmund Irwin-Singer takes a moment to talk about his experiences with the new album, touring and the music industry. How to Be a Human Being, ...


Glasgow City football kit makes female role model statement

20th April 2017

Katie Heeps Writer Glasgow City FC made a powerful statement this month about the coverage of women’s sport through their new away strip which will now feature the phrase, “You can’t be what you can’t see”, in reference to the lack of media coverage for female athletes. It is co-founder and club manager of Glasgow ...


CERN holds spring campus event at Glasgow University

20th April 2017

Andrew McCluskey News Reporter A range of CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) experts visited Glasgow at the start of April to give talks at the “CERN Spring Campus” – an event which CERN runs annually at various higher education institutions. The experts gave talks and workshops on a multitude of Computing and IT topics. ...


Pride Glasgow protest Chechnya camp

20th April 2017

Austen Shakespeare Reporter Pride Glasgow, an LGBTI+ charity, will be holding a protest at George Square on 20 April, in opposition to the alleged detention of homosexual men in Chechnya. Guest speakers include Patrick Harvie MSP and Stewart McDonald MP. Speeches will begin at 6:15pm. Reports first emerged of maltreatment of homosexual men in Chechnya ...


Protecting society’s most vulnerable doesn’t constitute a “crisis”

20th April 2017

Laurie Clarke Writer In recent years, headlines have been dominated by an apparent crisis of free speech. In 2015, the Huffington Post dubbed Germaine Greer “dangerous” in response to the efforts of Cardiff students to bar her from speaking on campus. Greer had recently made headlines for degrading comments targeting transgender women, stating that post-operative ...