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Growing up in Glasgow

8th July 2022

This personal reflection looks into what it is truly like to grow up in Glasgow. Glasgow. A Gaelic noun meaning “dear green place”. The place where I grew up.  The earliest cultural identifier of my Glaswegian heritage involved the 2005 World Health Organisation dubbing the city as Europe’s “murder capital”, a title we no longer merit, ...


What assaults matter to the Oscars?

9th May 2022

Will Smith’s ban from the academy brings into question how the Academy punishes assault and what assaults they deem punishable. Will Smith’s slapping of Chris Rock at the Oscars this year was a huge cultural moment leading to lots of controversy. No matter whose side you fall on – whether you support Smith’s right to ...


Do we have a right to smoke?

7th May 2022

In light of a potential rise in the price of tobacco products, Rebecca considers whether we have the right to smoke. As you may have heard, the UK government is considering raising the age of purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 25 in an attempt to reach a smoke-free country by 2034. In theory, this ...


How social media is ruining my career path

6th May 2022

Kaitlyn Whitsitt examines how the pandemic and the increase of social media has affected those pursuing careers in the arts.  I didn’t apply to drama school. I wanted to but I couldn’t, not during a pandemic. When university application season came around for me, it was still 2020. The larger productions that could have strengthened ...


Yay, it’s International No-Diet Day!

5th May 2022

Ellen discusses the negative impacts that diet culture has on the student body, arguing that it’s time to ditch the diet. CW: diet culture The infamous “freshers’ fifteen” — the assertion that undergraduates will gain 15 pounds (6.8kg) in their first year — is a cultural pressure mounted on new students, already daunted with challenges ...


Puff puff: I’ll pass

3rd May 2022

Has the “Smoking Kills” campaign actually killed smoking? The memory of your parents telling you, in my case multiple times, not to smoke feels like a ubiquitous one. It feels like a piece of wisdom so normalised it belongs in the “talk” category; you have the drug talk, the sex talk, the drinking to excess ...


Where would we be without cash?

2nd May 2022

There are many negative implications to becoming a cashless society, no matter how convenient Apple Pay may be. Due to Covid-19 and the increase of contactless technology, we live in a time where pretty much all payments are cashless. Many businesses don’t even accept cash, and some are afraid to touch it due to the ...


Should you hustle or holiday this summer?

28th April 2022

Is work experience and internships the priority, or is it okay to take the summer off and enjoy some relaxation? In less than three months, the vast majority of the student population will be celebrating the end of yet another academic year and waving goodbye to academic stress until September. We may have regained our ...


Looking after pets means looking after you

21st April 2022

Although they require routine care and financial support, pets can add an invaluable benefit to university life. Life can be unpredictable and hectic as a student; between irregular timetables, long breaks, exams, drinking, and part time jobs, no two weeks look the same. I, for one, hate that. Without any structure I will sleep crazy ...


Is it really okay to own pets?

20th April 2022

Kidnapping, codependency and forced isolation: is this really the way we should be treating animals? When I’m at my most unbearable – after suggesting that the government solves national debt by simply printing more money without telling anyone – I like to ask people if they think that pets suffer from Stockholm Syndrome. Stockholm Syndrome ...