Our Self Preservation Society

James Porteous The actions of wildcat strikers, in reaction to the employment of foreign workers at Lindsey Refinery, are at best absurd, and at worst a shameful indication that flagrant xenophobia is acceptable in Britain today. Although at first…

Number of student enrolments down

Ross Mathers The number of students enrolling in Scottish higher education institutions has fallen, according to new figures. The Higher Education Statistics Agency recently published a report showing that the number of students enrolling in Scottish universities, and some…

Student survives wall collapse at Kelvin Hall

A member of Glasgow University’s basketball team made a ‘miracle’ escape after being crushed by a falling wall in the Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena last week. On February 4, Glasgow student Vytautuas Astromkas was trapped…

Future’s bright for Tommy

A Glasgow University student has been awarded a £60,000 recording contract after being named 2009’s Orange Unsigned Act. The 19 year old singer-song writer was announced winner on the Channel 4 television programme which documented the…

Scientists discover kidneys’ true age

Ross Mathers Scientists at Glasgow University have made significant discoveries that could help patients awaiting kidney transplants. The research, carried out at the Western Infirmary, has shown that the ‘bio-age’ of a kidney is more important than its actual…

Orthodoxy

Aidan Cook I am not a scientist. And I’m certainly no expert in stem cell research. What is important here, however, is more the general morality than the biological details. So I will try and avoid anything too precise…

Autodidakt

James Foley Paperback science fiction, religious hysteria, and Stalin’s botched attempt to crossbreed a human-ape Red Army in the 1930s have combined to make people suspicious of genetic research. Some students proclaim themselves mortified that lank-haired boffins are investigating…

At Rest and remembered

James Maxwell reflects on the life and work of one of America’s finest writers, John Updike John Updike, who died last month from lung cancer at the age of 76, was a uniquely talented literary polymath who excelled as…

The word on the street

As Glasgow’s arts scene gets all poetic, Nafees Mahmud reveals the charm and purpose of the spoken word I have a dark and dreadful confession to make. I write poetry.” The opening words of Stephen Fry’s guide to writing…

The Devil’s Advocate

George Binning weighs up the scales of criminal justice with Scottish legal heavyweight Donald Findlay Q.C. If you believed everything you read in the tabloids, Donald Findlay QC would be a name to steer clear of. This is a…