2018 January



A Six Nations to remember for Townsend’s Scotland?

31st January 2018

Jordan Carlisle Writer Jordan Carlisle analyses Scotland’s chances at this year’s six nations For decades, Scotland rugby fans have been left disappointed at the conclusion of the Six Nations championship. However, in what appears to be a new era for the national team, Scotland are being talked about as serious contenders for the biggest prize ...


Scottish universities aim to lower entry requirements

31st January 2018

Osama Abou-zeid Writer All Scottish Universities will be required to adopt a new practice which seeks to widen the prospect of university attendance to disadvantaged students Universities Scotland has announced a new initiative entitled Working to Widen Access, an outline of 15 steps intended to increase the chances of disadvantaged students entering university. The organisation, ...


University is jeopardising its reputation, say ‘exploited’, ‘undervalued’ and ‘entirely disposable’ GTAs

29th January 2018

Rachael Bunyan Reporter “I wish there was a way to warn people and say ‘Listen, this happened. Don’t apply to the University of Glasgow. Go somewhere else. Do something else’”. The Glasgow Guardian reported in November that many graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) from the University’s School of Social and Political Sciences had suffered financial difficulties ...


Long live Irn Bru

29th January 2018

Louise Wylie Writer Louise Wylie asks, how on earth is Irn Bru meant to “get you through” with any less than 10.3 grams of sugar in every glass? The end of the world is nigh. Irn Bru has taken the motto “new year, new me” to heart and unlike everyone else on the planet, they’re ...


Female workers more likely to earn less than the living wage

29th January 2018

Isabella Eastwood Reporter New research conducted by Scottish Labour has indicated that 270,000 female workers earn less than the living wage, in comparison to 159,000 male workers. The Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, Lesley Laird, said that it was “unacceptable” and likely to be due in part to the higher numbers of women who ...


#MeToo: Living in the aftermath

29th January 2018

Anonymous Writer TRIGGER WARNING: This article contains information about and depictions of sexual assault, harassment and/or violence that some may find triggering or upsetting. #MeToo. I couldn’t bring myself to click enter after typing that. I can’t explain why; the rows of #MeToo scrolling down my screen at the end of 2017 allowed me to ...


Glasgow University joins international student visa pilot scheme

29th January 2018

Jennifer Bowey Writer Glasgow University has joined 21 other institutions across the country in a pilot plan that will aid international students’ access to higher education in the UK. The scheme covers courses lasting up to 13 months and simplifies the visa application process for prospective students. In order to study in the UK, international ...


Draft Budget ignores calls for minimum student income

28th January 2018

Rowan Harris Writer The Scottish government’s Draft Budget for 2018 has ignored calls for an £8,100 Minimum Student Income, despite this being recommended in a recent independent review. A new Minimum Student Income, which would provide parity to all Scottish students, would form part of a package of reforms costing an additional £16m per year ...


Flexibility at any cost

27th January 2018

Louise Wylie Writer There are few things more controversial in the modern world of work than the zero-hours contract. Some view it as an exploitative tool of businesses undercutting workers’ rights, others as a flexible arrangement for those employed in part-time work. The Labour Party want them banned and unions are increasingly mobilising against them. ...


New strategy to support refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland

26th January 2018

Jonathan Peters News Editor Announced this month, the new plan has been endorsed by UNHCR, the United Nations’ Refugee Agency The Scottish government has announced a new strategy to support and integrate refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland, which was developed in collaboration with the Scottish Refugee Council and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities ...