Class Archives - The Glasgow Guardian

RP: Received Pronunciation, or just Really Posh?

23rd November 2023

Writer Rosie Park (another RP), explores the nuances of verbal classism in the UK; the entrenchment of class into British and Irish accents and the (justified?) Celtic prejudice against the widely renowned RP accent. Before moving to Glasgow from Belfast, my Northern Irish accent rarely crossed my mind. Freshers’ week, however, quickly brought my accent ...

The elephant in the seminar room

11th September 2023

Much has changed at the University since its inception, but elitism and exclusivity persist. When the University of Glasgow was founded in 1451, its student population was exclusively male and white, usually the sons of ministers and nobility, and up until the eighteenth century, student numbers remained under 400. Students wore scarlet gowns, carried bibles ...

It’s not what you know but who you know : how class can dictate opportunities

10th September 2023

The policies of successive governments have upheld class-based inequalities in the education system You’re in a tutorial on a Monday morning, knowing you have classes until 3pm, followed by a 4pm shift at work which will take you well into the night. Nothing beats you down more than hearing a couple of students across the ...