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The battle of George Square

21st January 2009

On the 90th anniversary of Bloody Friday, Julie Sherry & Gareth Beynon analyse the significance of Red Clydeside Walking through George Square today, with its Christmas decorations, fairground rides and ice rink, it is hard to believe that this festival of consumerism was the site of a bloody confrontation between radical workers and the state. ...


Whose fault is it anyway?

21st January 2009

George Binning The current financial climate has become a universal get out of jail free card, flaunted with abandon by all and sundry and allowed to pass, on the whole, unquestioned. With regard to the SNP’s proposal to replace student loans with grants, it seems to fit the bill perfectly, especially when compounded with a ...


The inexperience of a lifetime

21st January 2009

James Porteous The news of a sharp fall in the level of graduate recruitment for the coming year, while worrying, is certainly far from surprising in the current financial climate. Following on from previous warnings that students graduating this year would face the worst employment prospects in decades, the release of this report simply confirms ...


94% rise in grants for EU students

3rd December 2008

Craig MacLellan The number of students coming to study at Scottish higher education institutions from other European Union Member States has risen dramatically over the last five years. The number of EU students receiving fee support from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) has risen 93.8% between 2002-2003 and 2007-2008. There was also a ...


Narrow Labour win at GUU

3rd December 2008

George Binning “This hours would re-elect a Labour Government” was the title of the bi-annual John Smith Memorial Debate, held in the historic Debates Chamber of the Glasgow University Union on November 30. Hazel Blears MP, the Secretary of State for Comunities and Local Government, led a bench of Labour MPs and MSPs, against Lembit ...


Fire rages in West End

3rd December 2008

George Binning Numbers one to three of Lilybank Terrace were gutted by fire on Wednesday, November 12, just a few doors away from both academic departments and student flats. Eight fire engines and roughly fifty firemen were deployed to fight the blaze, which was visible for miles across the city. Sparks and embers were seen ...


Escort agency advertises on campus

3rd December 2008

George Binning & Amy MacGregor An escort agency has attempted to recruit University students with targeted advertising distributed across campus. The adverts called for “discreet and open minded” girls over 18 years old and stressed: “all nationalities welcome”. They also claimed to offer potential candidates the opportunity of earning over £2,000 per week. The small ...


Report reviews Holyrood tax powers

3rd December 2008

Ishbel Begg A recently published report from an expert economic panel established by the Calman Commission has been met with mixed reactions in Scotland. The interim report, which was to examine alternatives for allocating funds to Scotland, comes in the wake of the Westminster department’s submission to the Calman Commission, which did not recommend any ...


Guardian Q&A with Hazel Blears

3rd December 2008

George Binning Prior to the John Smith Memorial Debate, Hazel Blears enjoyed a drink with the Glasgow University Labour Club and took time to speak with Guardian. Have you always been politically active? Yes, I first got involved through my trade union; I joined my union before I joined the Labour party. I was a ...


Nancy That!

3rd December 2008

George Binning Who would have guessed that the John Smith Memorial Debate would be the scene of such bawdy rollicking and tabloid-worthy shenanigans? Admittedly one of the most prestigious debating events in the country, promising such a star-studded line up of speakers, was bound to draw a crowd. But I did not expect to see ...