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Time for change

28th February 2012

Matt Brough (Glasgow Guardian Editor 2001-2) This article was first published in 2004 Getting involved in student politics is a lot like contracting a strain of herpes but with a greater chance of painful weeping sores. For a start, you’re usually infected through no real decision of your own and, once you are, everyone who ...


State of the Unions

10th February 2012

News team Glasgow University is unique in having two separate student unions, the Queen Margaret Union and the Glasgow University Union, plus the Students’ Representative Council which represents students to the University. Where does their money come from, and what do they do? Where their money comes from What they do with it Students’ Representative Council ...


The curious case of John Oguchuckwu

12th December 2011

Amy Mackinnon John should be sitting where you are now: reading the Glasgow Guardian, in the library perhaps, maybe over a coffee, taking a break from writing his honours dissertation. Instead, the Glasgow student is in Lagos, Nigeria, with no home, no medication and no money. “The others came back to families” he says, “but ...


MyCampus: staff feedback

12th December 2011

The following is a body of staff comments given as part of the staff consultation on MyCampus, which was initiated in the wake of the system’s troubled launch in September 2011. There is very little functionality in this system, I’m amazed that it was chosen as the “best” system that was on offer. The ...


MyCampus: on the frontline

12th December 2011

Anonymous MyCampus helpdesk staff And so an email landed in my inbox; “would you like to earn some money over Freshers Week as MyCampus support? ‘No’, was the initial answer in my head, until I remembered my place as a postgraduate student at a university which meets every request and every outcry with “we’ve got ...


How to make the worst of software changeovers

12th December 2011

James Humphries Hello, and welcome to the 2011/12 edition of Bureaucracy and You, your one-stop shop for maximising inefficiency, alienation and teeth-grinding rage among your consumers. In this simple and easy-to-follow guide, we use real-life examples to take you through methods guaranteed to double or even treble the number of consumers who want to rip ...


Stuart Ritchie & the University of Glasgow: rotten all the way down

10th December 2011

Tom Coles PhD student Mr Ritchie’s main problem has not been his sub-Machiavellian backdoor dealings, but his incompetence. While we have come to expect SRC presidents to be either inconsequential or complicit, we hope that, at the very least, they can be subtle about furthering their own interests. As GUU president Chris Sibbald noted recently, ...


A defence of the SRC’s role on campus

10th December 2011

Amy Johnson Glasgow University SRC – Vice President Student Support The last issue of Glasgow Guardian contained an article by Tom Coles in which he articulated some fairly damning opinions of the Glasgow University Students’ Representative Council. While it is no secret that the organisation has experienced some considerable difficulties in recent months I feel ...


Review: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

6th December 2011

Joseph Trotter Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC | PEGI: 15+ | Release: Now | Developer: Bethesda | Publisher: Bethesda The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Bethesda’s follow-up to the 2006 game of the year Oblivion, is a remarkable, enormous, transcendent video-game experience; most of all, it is incredibly difficult to review. There is so ...


November 2005 – Dan Guy Lied

1st November 2011

This week, Glasgow University SRC President Stuart Ritchie will answer questions from students on his conduct. Recent articles in the Glasgow Guardian and qmunicate magazine have shown that he has been concealing information from the SRC Deputy President and advocated higher fees for rest-of-UK students against the policy of Council and the wishes of ...