2020 November



New report examines mental health of rural LGBTQ+ Scots

2nd November 2020

Discrimination, isolation, and Covid-19 all said to be factors affecting mental health of LGBTQ+ people living in rural Scotland. A new report examining the experiences of LGBTQ+ people living in rural areas of Scotland has recently been released. The report, titled “Further Out: The Scottish LGBT Rural Equality Report” and which was published last month ...


Why do musicians with political music avoid speaking out?

2nd November 2020

Joseph Evans explains why we should give musicians who stay fairly quiet on political issues, despite having a discography laced with political opinions, a pass. In one of the wilder happenings in an already tumultuous 2020, Jedward are now among the most beloved icons of activist Twitter.  From highlighting the inconsistencies of lockdown policies, to ...


Unis Resist Border Controls calls for University of Cambridge to not work with Home Office Border Force in border research

2nd November 2020

The advertisement on the Cambridge website has since been taken down. Campaign group Unis Resist Border Controls (URBC) have called for the University of Cambridge to stop promoting a recruitment message from a Home Office sub-group Border Force which is allegedly calling for academics to work on research in digitising border security in the UK.  ...


A new reality without the arts?

2nd November 2020

Christy O’Hanlon discusses the government’s lack of provisions and support for those in creative industries throughout the pandemic.  I imagine Rishi Sunak, throughout all those months during that dreary lockdown beginning in April, passing his spare time with a chuckle as he looked at a blank television screen. Scratching his head to ponder a thought ...


Silencing music in pubs: killing the atmosphere or preventing the risk?

2nd November 2020

Covid-19 has obviously affected many events and, for young people, it’s been particularly socially unkind; unable to go to clubs with friends, experience freshers’ events, host birthday parties, attend proms, or even go to gigs. Consequently, in July, when pubs reopened in Scotland, it seemed as though social outings were, slowly, on their way back ...


British basketball is bouncing back

2nd November 2020

Glasgow Rocks are amongst the 12 teams looking ahead to the rescheduled BBL season start date. Originally scheduled to tip-off on Friday 2 October, the British Basketball League (BBL) has now confirmed that the 2020/21 season will launch on Friday 30 October 2020. Following government guidelines forbidding fans returning to sporting venues, the BBL has ...


How to hack the US election

2nd November 2020

Our resident American takes us through the different ways to potentially steal the US election. With another American election and a slate of less than desirable candidates, you might be wondering how you might be able to increase your influence regardless of whether or not you can vote. Don’t worry, you’re not alone; Russia, Iran, ...


Singing in Scots: When did we get so American?

1st November 2020

From Lewis Capaldi to Annie Lennox, we examine the Scots-American transatlantic accent that’s taken over our radios and the Scots-singing rebellion challenging it. Growing up on too much television has left me main-charactering from a young age. Especially through puberty, I combined main-charactering with adopting the personality of my favourite character from the TV show ...


The Scottish Tories U-turn on free tuition fees isn’t fooling anyone

1st November 2020

Can a leopard truly change its spots? Or is this a thinly veiled attempt to win young votes from the SNP? In 2008, the SNP made higher education completely free for Scottish and EU students. Since 2007, the Scottish Tories have opposed this policy. So, it came as a surprise when Douglas Ross MP, the ...


Home Comforts: Homesickness

1st November 2020

Natalia explores homesickness and finding her new meaning of home in our ongoing series. I left “home” three years ago, so homesickness is no mystery to me. Every November I would look forward to spending winter break walking the streets of Warsaw illuminated by Christmas lights. I would long for brisk mornings spent in cosy ...