2020 July



Editorial: On surviving the year

30th July 2020

Tara Gandhi and Bethany Woodhead Outgoing Editors-in-Chief This time last year we were sitting in a beer garden on Ashton Lane, hot sunshine through the trees highlighting the exhausted look in the eyes of predecessors and the sparkle of excitement in our own. It was handover day and we had spent hours in The Glasgow ...


How We Moved the Goalposts (Part One): Bringing Scotland’s role in slavery to the fore

13th July 2020

Briony Farrell Writer In a three-part series, Guardian contributor Briony Farrell ties her research into female beneficiaries of the Atlantic Slave Trade with discussions centred on historical erasure and reform of the school curriculum. The Black Lives Matter movement has rapidly gained momentum in recent weeks, with the world responding in outrage at the tragic ...


How We Moved the Goalposts (Part Two): Women and the plantation economy

13th July 2020

Briony Farrell Writer In a three-part series, Guardian contributor Briony Farrell ties her research into female beneficiaries of the Atlantic Slave Trade with discussions centred on historical erasure and reform of the school curriculum. There is a tendency to focus on the history of Scotland as a country built and defended by a series of ...


How We Moved the Goalposts (Part Three): Curriculum reform with Nelson Mundell

13th July 2020

Briony Farrell Writer In a three-part series, Guardian contributor Briony Farrell ties her research into female beneficiaries of the Atlantic Slave Trade with discussions centred on historical erasure and reform of the school curriculum. As public awareness of Scotland’s dark colonial past begins to grow, the holes in our school curriculum have become ever more ...


White Riot: A Look Back at Rock Against Racism

13th July 2020

Jodie Leith Music Columnist Music Columnist Jodie Leith examines the Rock Against Racism movement of the 70s, and how its indelible legacy mirrors the Black Lives Matter movement and current world affairs today.  “We peeled away the Union Jack to reveal the swastika” – Red Saunders, founder of Rock Against Racism. Britain in the 1970s ...


Comparing the coronavirus response worldwide

13th July 2020

As coronavirus cases in Europe have begun to drop and countries have started emerging from lockdown, we can retrospectively evaluate the different tactics used all over the globe to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. The success of these tactics is key, as some scientists now warn of a potential second wave.  On 11 March 2020 the ...


The privatisation of space

12th July 2020

Isobel Thomas-Horton Writer Isobel Thomas-Horton gives ethical consideration to the privatisation of space. In 2011 Nasa created perhaps the highest stakes game of capture the flag in the history of mankind. An American flag was placed over the capsule hatch on the International Space Station and American companies were challenged to retrieve it. On 1 ...


The problematic prejudice of the British media strikes again

12th July 2020

Karolina Omenzetter Writer Karolina Omenzetter addresses the issue of institutional racism in the British media in reaction to their coverage of the Black Lives Matter movement. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has successfully made the discourse surrounding systemic racism difficult to brush under the carpet. However, the UK’s media coverage remains to have a ...


How safe is your genetic data?

12th July 2020

Margaret Hartness Writer Services like 23andMe can be fun but do they put our privacy at risk? Everybody wants to know where they’re from, who they’re related to, and what they’re at risk of. From questions of paternity to screening for diseases, genetic testing has been a rigorous and serious endeavour. With big businesses like ...


The life-changing magic of basic human contact

11th July 2020

Graham Peacock Writer With lockdown now having lasted more than 100 days, Graham Peacock looks at the wider impacts of social distancing. Yesterday, in what was my first trip outside since March that didn’t involve a supermarket or a park, I drove to my friend’s flat to drop off some books. I had been there ...