2017 December



Postgrads and undergrads must be in this together

29th December 2017

Megan Donald Writer Graduate Teaching Assistant Megan Donald speaks of how the University is breaking down its postgraduate teaching staff Undergraduate teaching at the University of Glasgow is bolstered by a vast body of postgraduate teachers – or Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs), as they are properly known. GTAs tend to teach first and second year ...


What will 200k mean for CAPS?

22nd December 2017

Roisin McCarthy Investigations Editor Roisin McCarthy speaks to Director of CAPS, Phil Quinn An open letter from the SRC to the University’s Senior Management Group (SMG) was recently released. The content outlined a growing concern for the significant rise in student admissions alongside a request for the SMG to re-evaluate its spending on resources such ...


In defence of homeless Jesus

22nd December 2017

Ben Smith Writer How can we call ourselves compassionate citizens or Christians when we walk past the freezing homeless with our Christmas shopping in hand? At the beginning of this month, a statue was unveiled in Glasgow of a homeless Jesus laying across a city centre bench. This follows several copies of the statue being ...


Szechuan less vegan Chinese in Glasgow?

20th December 2017

Max Kelly Sports Editor Max Kelly reviews embattled Lotus Vegetarian Cuisine Glasgow’s only vegan Chinese restaurant, Lotus, is located on Bridge Street in the city’s South Side and is owned by Eric Chan and Kwan Mui. It opened its doors in January this year, however it is already at risk of closure, unless the Home ...


Postgraduate facilities are insufficient and elusive

18th December 2017

Jordan Carlisle Writer What is it that makes postgraduate students feel like they deserve specially designated study and social spaces? Entering my fifth year at the University, I for one was certainly ready for a change of scenery. For me, the prospect of somewhere to go other than level 8 of the library, packed with ...


Student overdrafts: a place to constantly reside

11th December 2017

Harry Vizor Features Editor Student overdrafts fill a necessary hole that familial and governmental support just can’t The idea that overdrafts are either a financial trap or a goldmine is off the mark, and by thinking that an overdraft is a source of free money seems to me a prerequisite for falling into a self-made trap. ...


Graduate Interviews Series: Recent Alumni talk about how they got their jobs

10th December 2017

Selena Drake & Harry Vizor Deputy Editor & Features Editor Graeme Eddolls talks to The Glasgow Guardian about how he became an employee at QinetiQ following his studies at the University of Glasgow In our final interview of the series, Graeme Eddolls tells us how he found work following his degree in Physics with Astrophysics. ...


Develop communities, not profits

10th December 2017

Jimmy Brock Writer Whenever we think of development it’s easy to take the word at face value, and just assume that giving more people homes is an inherently good thing. Yet the proposed accommodation can’t legally be called homes, and is going to displace local institutions and populations for no reason other than profit. Glasgow’s ...


Getting a good seminar tutor shouldn’t be a lucky dip

10th December 2017

Jennifer Bowey Writer The “refer to the course handbook” response is lazy and ignorant The lucky dip of tutors is something that all university students have to cope with every term. Not knowing whether or not your tutor will be a fair marker or whether their views will be in line with your own can ...


Too much of a good thing?

10th December 2017

Gustav Jönsson Writer The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) recently sent a letter to the Senior Management Group (SMG) detailing worries about student over-recruitment. This year, the University has accepted over 1000 more students than it did last year. The SRC says that this may lead to the overall student experience being “dangerously side-lined” and that ...