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Chronicles of a local student…

23rd March 2022

Our Health and Wellbeing editor recounts her experience of commuting to university in her first year, and offers advice to students tormenting themselves with the pros and cons of staying at home or moving away. Much of my first year at uni was spent squashed into the corner of the Glasgow Subway. Plagued with the ...


LGBTQ+ history month at UofG: performative activism and the bigotry of bureaucracy

18th March 2022

Jamie Martin uses their experience as an LGBTQ+ student to criticise the University’s performative activism while barriers to inclusion prevail. LGBTQ+ history month should be a time for remembrance and awareness. As a community, we take pride in ourselves for all that we have overcome, and we remember the battles our queer siblings fought for ...


Let’s get over the stigma of polyamory

18th March 2022

Writer Ellen Ruddell explores what constitutes polyamory, and why this relationship alternative needs to be better understood. Although polyamory as a practice has long-existed at the outskirts of our society, with images of harem-like relationships and fundamentalist sister-wives dominating the cultural perception of non-monogamy, growing openness and fluid dating preferences has contributed to a...


Peter Bleksley, ‘MANHUNT’, and his search for Kevin Parle

18th March 2022

Theo Wilcocks interviews Peter Bleksley, a former undercover policeman tracking down Kevin Parle, whose undertakings in Glasgow may be crucial to Bleksley’s success. I managed to organise the meeting with Peter Bleksley on one of the few Saturday afternoons that he was free: QPR, his favourite football team, weren’t playing. This was congruous with the ...


I forgot that you existed…

14th March 2022

Editor-in-Chief Hailie Pentleton explores the unique impact that the past two years have had upon her ability to maintain friendship as a neurodivergent adult. Like most of the scatterbrains I’ve encountered recently, my inbox is awash with unread messages. Well-wishes from friends, requests for favours, and moody recollections all abandoned to a sea of missed ...


What do we do about the Home Office?

13th March 2022

Meg Russell discusses whether the Home Office’s incompetent response to the invsaion of Ukraine represents an institution that is beyond reform. Number 10 was lit up in blue and yellow last week. It was a nice gesture, but is emblematic of a UK Government adept at performative solidarity, while lacking in practically useful policy. The ...


Have Labour lost it?

10th March 2022

 Writer Isobel Adams looks at comments recently made by the deputy of the Labour party, and explores what the wider implications for the party are. Last month, Angela Rayner, deputy leader of the Labour party, suggested that the London Metropolitan Police should “shoot your terrorists” first and “ask questions second”. Rayner received extensive criticism for ...


Putin’s Ukrainian invasion may be the saving grace Boris Johnson never predicted

2nd March 2022

Lost to memory are the Barnard Castle eye test, Matt Hancock’s lockdown lover and #Partygate… for now. The pandemic has been anything but plain sailing for Boris Johnson’s government but the latest Covid-related scandal was viewed by many as the tipping point. The revelations of persistent streams of champagne fuelled get-togethers and quick trips to ...


International Spotlight: Ukraine

28th February 2022

Central and Eastern European Studies student Joseph Elgar provides an explanation of what is happening in Ukraine, and the ramifications it will have on international politics. After months of military intensification on the Ukrainian border, Vladimir Putin announced his intention to launch military operations against Ukraine at 6am local time on Thursday 24 February 2022, ...


A tale of two cities

10th February 2022

Jeevan Farthing explores the way that economic worth factors into life experience in Glasgow, recently ranked as Scotland’s unhappiest city. Glasgow has been ranked the unhappiest place to live in Scotland. As an unknowing first-year suddenly immersed in the cultural and culinary delights that the city has to offer, this finding seemed incongruous with my ...