Papering over the cracks

28th April 2009

James Porteous The news that Daily Record and Sunday Mail workers are taking further strike action, in response to the threat to jobs at the newspapers, is a worrying continuation of a more prolonged employment issue in the media. With recent circulation figures suggesting that fewer papers than ever are being sold in Scotland, and ...


Geography scheme goes ‘Global’

3rd March 2009

Ross Mathers Students at Glasgow University, in conjunction with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS), have launched an initiative to encourage more people to study Geography at university. The move comes as figures show the number of students being recruited to study Geography at Glasgow has been declining for the past three years. In 2006, ...


New Director of Legal Practice announced

2nd March 2009

News Staff Douglas Mill has been named as Glasgow University’s new Director of Professional Legal Practice. Mill, a Glasgow University graduate with 18 years’ worth of experience in private legal practice and 11 years as Chief Executive of the Law Society, will be working to strengthen the Department of Law’s links with the legal profession ...


14% rise in students applying to Glasgow

2nd March 2009

News Staff The University of Glasgow has seen undergraduate applications rise by 14.3 per cent this year. The rise is the biggest increase for any of the Russell Group institutions, a group of the top 20 research-intensive universities in the United Kingdom, which includes Oxford, Cambridge and the London School of Economics. Figures released by ...


Politics and PR nightmares

2nd March 2009

George Binning It is with a certain amount of disappointment that Guardian reports on the fallout from Glasgow’s occupation. When a serious and urgent cause is pushed by an interest group with such force, almost everybody in the community seriously considers where they stand on the issue. This means that the group in question will ...


Proposition without opposition

2nd March 2009

James Porteous The number of unopposed and vacant positions, in all but one of the current student elections, is a damning indictment of the level of student participation at Glasgow University, and the entire electoral process that serves to fill the numerous positions. As a result of various technical and apathetic reasons, two of the ...


Serious about Socialism

2nd March 2009

As the part privatisation of Royal Mail is announced, James Maxwell explores the ideological chaos at the heart of the British Labour Party During the 1990s, the Labour Party quietly abandoned the language of the old left and adopted a less politically-loaded vocabulary. References to the ‘working-classes’ vanished and ministers began talking instead of ‘hard-working ...


Sense and Censor-bility

2nd March 2009

Tom Bonnick investigates the murky waters of the organisations self-appointed to police the Internet for us There are few superlatives yet to be utilised in description of the Internet’s mind-boggling capacities. It is the world’s largest communication platform; the greatest tool for creative freedom for some, and creativity’s greatest threat to others. It is, according ...


Fear and loathing in the Middle East

2nd March 2009

In a country that feels constantly under attack, what progress can peace make? Chris Watt heads to Israel to investigate teenage conscription and militaristic attitudes in the region Sixteen-year-old Asher is tring to grow a moustache, but he’s not doing a very good job. At his stage of life you might expect him to have ...


Welcome to Digger land

2nd March 2009

George Binning hunts down the controversial James Cruickshank, editor of Glasgow’s infamous Digger magazine Imagine a publication with such relentless and detailed crime reportage that even the most scandalous tabloid journalists turn their backs in disgust. Imagine this magazine’s editor retreating underground and working from a secret office to evade the death threats he receives ...