Below is the full email exchange relating to RUK fees between GUSRC President Stuart Ritchie and the University of GLasgow’s Head of Corporate Communications Susan Stewart, that qmunicate obtained via a Freedom of Information request.
- FOI request reveals President Stuart Ritchie at odds with official GUSRC statement
The response to an FOI request from qmunicate has shown that contrary to the GUSRC statement released regarding Rest of UK student fees, President Stuart Ritchie’s place in the RUK fees consultative process was not used to argue for a lower figure than that announced.
In a series of emails between Mr Ritchie and the University of Glasgow’s Director of Corporate Communications, Susan Stewart, it appears that Ritchie in fact argued for higher RUK fees than those announced. In one such email Ms. Stewart remarks that she is disappointed at how negatively the GUSRC statement reflected on the University’s decision, considering ‘you [Ritchie] were one of the people on working group arguing for the 9k position’. Continue reading
This issue we’ve got a look at native appropriation, news on the GSA developments and an interview with up-and-comers Niki & the Dove. Complaints, queries and love letters to be left in the comments or to qmunicate.magazinegmail.com as usual. Big love.
Churning out a punchy debut album in their oddly unqiue sound that brings together indie, pop and electronica in a way that’s both catchy and hard to pigeon hole, Fenech-Soler are something to be excited about. On CD anyway. Said debut album (Fenech-Soler) offered up a great mixture of sharply structured pop hits and soaring anthems to jump about to while tidying your room/not revising/etc. The combination of slick writing and strong male vocals singled the album out from a field of male vocalists all trying to emulate the woeful Bruno Mars or JLS, offering some genuine musicality with an original twist. But how did the tracks transfer to a live setting? Continue reading
Captain’s Rest 24.09.11Hotly tipped trip-hopper Ghostpoet brought his ethereal beats and unique vocal delivery to the good ol’ Captain’s Rest, his first headline solo slot in Glasgow. Following his acclaimed debut album Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam, Ghostpoet (real name Obaro Ejimiwe) has been hailed as a distinctive, trend breaking artist in an arguably stagnating UK hip-hop scene dominated by the likes of Tinchy Strider (who incidentally was playing in Glasgow on the same night; I know where I’d have rather been). Obaro even managed to snag a nomination for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, an award which largely neglects the alternative hip-hop scene. His album appeared alongside established acts such as Adele and P.J Harvey, whose entry Let England Shake was the eventual winner. Continue reading
The true story of how Iceland beat the Credit Crunch
Iceland is a funny old country. A place mainly famous for its hot springs, icy landscapes and lack of population. However, this all changed with the first gentle wave of the global economic downturn. Resolutely stiff upper-lipped as always, the Brits initially christened the financial troubles as a mere ‘Credit Crunch’, the Americans avoided the dirty D word so popular in the early part of the 20th century and talked about a ‘recession’, while France and Southern Europe resigned themselves to the true nature of things and described the crisis as, well, ‘la crisis’. Iceland’s reaction, on the other hand, was basically to turf out the bankers, the government in power and just started over. Pretty cool, eh?
Unfortunately, as this story was completely at odds with the rest of the Western World and it only directly affected Iceland’s 350,000 inhabitants, it didn’t make it into many British papers or garner too much UK television coverage. Yet now, three years and counting since the start of the economic meltdown, Iceland is ranked fourth most productive country in the world per capita by the UN, and 17th most developed country in the world by the Human Development Index. So what happened? Continue reading
qmunicate investigates the impact of the Hive on the student experience
The Hive is possibly set for closure. You didn’t hear it here first. You’ve probably heard it time and time again. But it’s true. The University has revealed that there are plans to terminate the Union’s long standing lease of the building.in order to demolish the extension and use the space to construct Sport and Recreation facilities as an expansion of those in the Stevenson Building. As well as being a severe blow to the GUU itself this action also raises the question as to whether the university will end other leases on other buildings that it currently owns but rents out at a peppercorn rate to various student bodies on campus.
The Extension, built in 1965, is home to the Union’s Playing Fields, Altitude and Deep Six bars in addition to the Hive nightclub. Their loss will come as a big blow to the Union financially, as £220,000 of the Union’s income is made from the extension alone. Due to the fact the GUU makes a profit of around £10,000 per annum, the loss of almost a quarter of a million pounds in income would be catastrophic to the existence of the union as we know it. Despite a figure of £250,000 per year in compensation being reported, GUU President Chris Sibbald, told qmunicate that no such deal or offer has been made by the University’s Senior Managment. Continue reading
Aimee Pratt shares first-hand experiences of a nation teetering on the brink of statehood
There is a popular Arab proverb; he who swings an aggressive sword will be swung by it. But when Palestine submitted their bid for independent statehood last week to the United Nations, a contemporary twist could now easily be added; he who swings an aggressive sword will be swung by it – unless your name is Israel and you have a best mate that goes by the name America.
When the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas addressed the UN General Assembly on Friday, he was simply asking for two things: freedom from Israel’s brutal occupation and formal international recognition of Palestine as a fully-fledged independent sovereign state. Considering Israel’s violation of several UN resolutions concerning their illegal attainment of Palestinian land, Abbas’s decision to try seeking diplomatic refuge in this huge international organisation is undoubtedly justified. Continue reading
The link between Glasgow and Mandela reaches its 30th anniversary
August 4th, 1981: Nelson Mandela is granted freedom of the city of Glasgow. Mandela, at this point in time, had already served nineteen years in prison. And he would serve a further eight and a half before he was released. Glasgow was the first city to bestow such an honour on Mandela. However, ‘honour’ isn’t quite the right word. The act was a display of solidarity. At once a hand of friendship reached out to the imprisoned man, and a strong challenge to those who would demonise Mandela and the ANC. Many people, both at home and abroad, considered the organisation to be a terrorist group. And, regrettably, there were scores who were apathetic to the struggle going on within South Africa. Glasgow however, took a leading role in the anti-apartheid movement.
Branches supporting the movement were active throughout the sixties, and the seventies saw the formation of the Scottish Committee of the Anti-Apartheid Movement. The body met in Edinburgh and Glasgow before taking a final home in Glasgow in 1987, and dissolved in 1994. During its lifetime, the committee organised boycotts and campaigns to raise awareness. It was part of the fabric of the movement that lead to the eventual release of Mandela and the abolition of apartheid.
Adding their voice to the movement, Glasgow City Council were not afraid or ashamed to confront opposition; a fact exemplified by their most enduring act… Continue reading
I discovered a dirty word over summer. A word that’s seemingly so offensive that it’s thus far gotten me into more trouble than the time when I asked, “Mummy, what’s a cu-“ at the age of 8. The word in question? Feminist.
I’ll be honest. I’d been a closet feminist for some time before eventually joining writer Caitlin Moran’s army of strident feminists. I enjoy having the vote and “control over my vagina”. But I also know that there are other issues that need discussing: equal pay, abortion, the way society treats lesbians, how we react towards rape victims – hell, the way my fellow feminists are portrayed. We can’t leave it to Lady GaGa and her questionable sexuality to promote our views. Continue reading