Features



The far-right lingua franca

9th October 2019

Jasmine UrquhartWriter A deep dive into the challenges of adapting classical philosophy for the modern day, and how the far-right movement has co-opted such ideas to suit their own political ideology. The rise of the far-right movement is something that, regrettably, we are now very familiar with. What appeared to be a near-extinct movement, confined ...


Gap in the syllabus: Documentary, film, and ‘The Gay 80s’

5th October 2019

Ilia Hionidou Writer Earlier in 2019, the UK experienced a wave of protests against same-sex education in primary schools. Ilia Hionidou interviews academics about their experiences in teaching courses that feature LBGTQ+ content. The series discusses the benefits and backlashes of including LGBTQ+ studies in higher education across the UK and the US, and aims ...


Finding your feet as a first-generation fresher

22nd September 2019

Madison PlumridgeWriter Madison Plumridge offers her guide to navigating university as a first-generation student. Navigating the world of university – filled with gowns, academic papers, and cliquey student societies – is arguably daunting for any first year. Glasgow is no different. When a seemingly innocent trip to the Beer Bar ends in a political debate, ...


Is social media the key to revolution?

17th September 2019

Zuzanna FilipiukWriter Zuzanna Filipiuk reflects on the impact of social media activism for the Sudanese revolution Alaa Salah was only 22 years old when she climbed onto a car in Khartoum and started leading the chant: “Religion says that men, if they see something wrong, won’t be quiet.” A video featuring the “Nubian Queen” calling ...


Overcoming estrangement at university

4th September 2019

Samantha MacraeWriter Samantha Macrae shares her experience of adjusting to student life while estranged from her parents For many, a relationship with biological parents is something that is often taken for granted and thought of as the norm. I became estranged from my parents when I was 16, having been forced out of my family ...


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 ...