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How to turn the tide on plastic pollution

4th September 2019

Zoe StormWriter A Glaswegian guide to reducing plastic footprints and zero-waste shopping. Eight million pieces of plastic pollution enter our oceans every day. 5.25 trillion macro and microplastic pieces, weighing up to 269,000 tonnes, are floating in the open ocean. By 2050, plastic will outweigh fish entirely. Why? Because decomposition of marine debris exceeds any human’s...


How sustainable is the fur industry?

1st September 2019

Daniella MeehanWriter In the latest instalment of our environmentalism series, Daniella Meehan examines the fur industry’s impact on the environment. Every year, more than 50 million animals are bred and killed for the production of fur in the EU. The UK plays a large part in this industry – it is estimated that we slaughter ...


Spotlight on: Addiction

14th July 2019

Anonymous Writer Eight months ago, at the age of 24, I quit all alcohol and drug use after years of struggling with both substances. I write the following for two reasons. Firstly, to make coherent – for myself – what has been a very messy and confusing road up to this point. I also write ...


Spotlight on: Self-harm

30th May 2019

Jonny Smart Writer Continuing our series on less commonly discussed mental health issues, Jonny Smart reflects on his experiences with self-harm Content warning: This article contains in-depth discussion of self-harm and suicide. It’s four in the morning and I’m watching my reflection in the mirror, fumbling around the dimly lit bathroom in an effort to simultaneously ...


The gentrifying effects of the University’s Silicon Valley in Govan

15th May 2019

Jack Hanington  Writer The ability of Glasgow’s universities to transform neighbourhoods is already clear in areas like Partick and Townhead. With expanding student populations moving into densely constructed newly-built student housing, local communities are feeling the strain of studentification. Recently, the University of Glasgow has taken a more active role in this expansion of the ...


Building cosmopolitan identities while retaining national pride

20th April 2019

  Kevin Le Merle Writer   Kevin Le Merle discusses the influence of nationalism on the formation of identity “Where are you from?” My mind reels at the question. What do I answer? Should I base it on the setting I am in? Should I base my answer on the person asking? Do I give ...


Why aren’t there any white terrorists?

19th April 2019

  Holly Jennings Writer   Holly Jennings discusses the dangerous biases behind the media’s coverage of terrorist attacks Despite deaths by terrorism falling by 44% since 2014, media coverage of terrorist attacks has been at an all time high. In today’s climate it feels like there is a new shooting to be reported everyday, but ...


“The Holocaust seems like some kind of punchline”

27th March 2019

  Inanna Tribukait Reporter   Inanna Tribukait discusses the rising wave of anti-Semitism and underrepresentation of Jewish culture in Europe 2017 saw the burning of Israeli flags in Berlin. Last February, Poland moved to criminalise talking about Polish complicity in the Holocaust. In December, dozens of tombstones in a Jewish cemetery were defaced with swastikas ...


Love is a human right

22nd March 2019

  Aike Jansen Writer   Aike Jansen discusses the work of GU Amnesty International campaigning for LGBT+ rights this semester After 28 days worth of LGBT History Month events flooding my Facebook timeline, rainbow flags waving in the wind and queer people and allies coming together, a celebratory atmosphere is certainly enduring. And this is ...


Spotlight on: Borderline personality disorder

10th March 2019

  Anonymous Writer   The latest in our series exploring less-discussed mental health issues details the writer’s experience with being treated for BPD Borderline personality disorder, or BPD, is amongst the most stigmatized mental illnesses – not merely by society, but by health professionals as well. Treatment resistant, manipulative, attention-seeking, unstable and incapable of...