Features



Gap in the syllabus: Public health and policy

31st October 2019

Ilia Hionidou Writer In the latest instalment of our series on LGBTQ+ inclusivity, Ilia  Hionidou interviews Dr Forssell, founder of the LGBT Health Policy program at the George Washington University. Earlier this year, the UK experienced a wave of protests against same-sex education in primary schools. Ilia Hionidou interviews academics about their experiences in teaching ...


My alcohol-free freshers’ week

29th October 2019

Anonymous Writer An anonymous writer shares their advice on how to be sober – and not be the mum. “I’m not going to go hard tonight.” It’s a phrase we all know too well but (more importantly) we also know how untrue it is. However, for mental health reasons, this year I had to be ...


Put your money where your mouth is: diversity on the bank note

23rd October 2019

Mary Horner & Rafe UddinWriter & Features Editor Following plans to put Alan Turing on the £50 note, Mary Horner and Rafe Uddin discuss the role of representation, currency, and the online backlash. The Bank of England’s (BoE) announcement that Alan Turing would adorn the £50 note unearthed a sense of progressiveness, directed towards the ...


The liberal branding repackaging bigotry

16th October 2019

Dyani SheppardWriter ‘Liberal rhetoric can dress up an illiberal position to obtain wider appeal’ The right branding in politics can be everything. Politics is an art of persuasion; the side which is most able to spin reality in their favour is the side that is most likely to remain popular. So, it is vital to ...


Balancing acts: political rhetoric and its real-world costs

14th October 2019

Graham PeacockWriter Writer Graham Peacock analyses the effect that politicians’ ideas and words can have on minority groups. In June, an image of a lesbian couple on a London bus, badly beaten and covered in their own blood, went viral on social media. The assault was perpetrated by a group of male teenage attackers, who ...


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 ...