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The road(map) not taken

2nd March 2021

Johnson and Sturgeon took two very different approaches to announcing their lockdown easing roadmaps, but which was right? Boris Johnson and Nicola Sturgeon have both announced their roadmaps for easing restrictions, a welcome hint towards a post-Covid world as we near the anniversary of the beginning of the first lockdown. Yet, the two announcements took ...


The pressures of pandemic productivity

2nd March 2021

Feeling less motivated to take up hobbies this lockdown than you were back in March? Don’t worry, Rachel Campbell assures you that you aren’t alone. During the first lockdown, all of my classes, exams and hand-ins had been completed or cancelled. Working in non-essential retail, I didn’t have work to fill my days anymore. I ...


Does the UK have a transphobia problem?

2nd March 2021

Carmen Blaque discusses some of the institutional barriers faced by trans people in the UK.  Transphobia exists in many forms. It can be deliberate, demonstrated through bullying, abuse, and violence, or it can be indirect, ingrained in institutions such as the NHS, universities, schools, and the police. Stonewall, a UK LGBTQ+ charity, report that 42% ...


Error 404: internet not found

2nd March 2021

To tackle digital deprivation, Sophia Smith argues that the university should provide WiFi access for students separated from campus. Like many others I’m currently studying at home, missing my West End flat. The privacy and adultness of it all seems like a distant memory. I’m starting to forget what the reading room looks like, and ...


Now That’s What I Call An Existential Crisis

28th February 2021

Are we the dads the Now That’s What I Call Music franchise tried to burn?  Opening Twitter and being confronted by the onslaught of chaotic discourse surrounding MGMT’s Kids’ addition to a “dad rock” compilation album was, to put it lightly, food for an existential crisis. The infectious yet pessimistic kaleidoscope-pop track which soundtracked the ...


Unlearning… ‘I’m not like other girls’

27th February 2021

This new series uncovers what societal expectations our writers are working towards unlearning. In this instalment, Rachel Campbell explores the idea that young girls have to choose between smart and pretty when cultivating an identity for themselves. I have, for as long as I can remember, felt that my intelligence defined me. In primary school, ...


Why are student union elections so important?

25th February 2021

Editor-in-Chief Jordan Hunter encourages readers to take an interest in this year’s union elections.  Let’s be honest, most people don’t pay attention to university elections. Many of you probably wouldn’t recognise most of the people on the board of any of the unions or be able to name most of the SRC executives. The only ...


Finding self-acceptance as a double minority

23rd February 2021

In honour of LGBTQ+ history month, Alexander Benjamin discusses the particular prejudices he has experienced as a Black man in the gay community. While I’m now an out and proud member of the LBGTQ+ community, this hasn’t always been the case. Torn apart by family’s expectations regarding sexuality, masculinity, and religion on one side, and ...


Steamy, sinful or stereotyping?

23rd February 2021

Gay sex deserves to be treated as frankly as straight in modern media. During the pandemic, streaming services have provided us with an opportunity to escape the monotony of our daily lives at home, taking us on socially distanced adventures from our living rooms. When casual dating is limited to a socially-distanced walk in Kelvingrove ...


I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it

18th February 2021

Do student discounts create an unhealthy relationship between students and fast fashion? Access to student discount giant UNiDAYS is one of the biggest perks of becoming a student. As a fresher in 2018, I couldn’t comprehend how we were getting such a big discount on pretty much every fashion brand available! Like many other naive, ...