pandemic



Fighting pandemic fatigue: we can’t get complacent

10th November 2020

It’s tempting to abandon pandemic precautions, but we have to resist the urge.  When the first few cases reached Scottish shores, my partner and I began shielding informally, just a week before they officially called lockdown. He’s high risk, I’m hyper-vigilant by nature; it made sense. I quickly developed the habit of calling on my ...


Yes, you’re allowed to be mad right now

10th November 2020

We can only keep calm and carry on for so long. “I cannot believe people are complaining so much. All we’re being asked to do is sit on the couch and watch Netflix! Think about when people had to go through during the war!” This is something that I have heard repeatedly over the last ...


Lockdown and loss: processing grief during a pandemic

10th November 2020

How has the pandemic affected the way that we grieve? Tara Gandhi shares her personal experience. Lockdown feels like it was a lifetime ago. Watching Tiger King, making that whipped coffee and entertaining the idea of learning Tik Tok dances could not be further from the situation we’re in now. The passage of time throughout ...


Glasgow suffers loss of £120m as students stay away from the city

6th November 2020

 The research by Studee found the true cost of Covid-19 for Glasgow . Glasgow has suffered a loss of £120m as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Research from Studee, who studied the effects of Covid-19 on university towns and cities across the UK, found that such towns and cities have suffered a cumulative loss ...


Portraiture in the pandemic

5th November 2020

The “new normal” and the nude. This pandemic has turned the world upside down. It has halted schools’ and universities’ teaching in classrooms; restaurants serving food; local shops earning money; and artists painting life models in their studios. From the perspective of a 19th century artist, there was nothing easier than finding a model to ...


A new reality without the arts?

2nd November 2020

Christy O’Hanlon discusses the government’s lack of provisions and support for those in creative industries throughout the pandemic.  I imagine Rishi Sunak, throughout all those months during that dreary lockdown beginning in April, passing his spare time with a chuckle as he looked at a blank television screen. Scratching his head to ponder a thought ...


Votes for starvation

30th October 2020

Eleanor Harper explores how the Conservative government’s inhumane disregard for the working class has increased the gulf between Holyrood and Westminster. On 21 October 2020, during a global pandemic and in the midst of the most drastic period of socioeconomic unrest since the 2008 financial crisis, 322 MPs in the House of Commons – 321 ...


How to make pals in a pandemic

27th October 2020

Caitlin Martin offers some advice on making friends at university amid restrictions. In normal times, starting university is a magical rite of passage full of opportunities to meet those lifelong uni friends you were promised. Freshers’ Week is portrayed as the ultimate coming of age sequence, with the promise that those first few days away ...


Keep your head up, sunshine

22nd October 2020

Athina Bohner reflects on how it feels to live alone as a first year international student during a pandemic.  Throughout their lifetime, everyone will experience a number of pivotal turning points characterised by immense change and monumental challenges. After all, the essence of life is learning to embrace these difficult moments of metamorphosis and grow ...