Glasgow University to Raise Tuition Fees for rUK Students: SRC and QMU Respond

The University of Glasgow has announced that tuition fees for English, Northern Irish and Welsh students will rise to £9,250 per annum beginning in Autumn 2017. The SRC and the QMU have responded expressing concern and dismay over the decision, which was taken without adequate student consultation.

Reprinted below is an official response from the SRC Executive in the form of a public letter to the university Principal, Anton Muscatelli (originally published 18/10/16).

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Film Review: Lima


I am always incredibly impressed by stop motion – the time-consuming nature of the work, the exquisite detail in the models, the ability to make rich on-screen worlds using mostly play-doh. Just thinking about the enormous patience of the animators blows me away. You might think, then, that Lima, a fifteen-minute short directed by Afshin Roshanbakht and Vahid Jafari, would have a low bar to clear, and maybe you would be right. But even amongst one of my favourite genres of animation, Lima is a true gem.

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Glesga’s Gold: Jack Elfick

Maybe there’s something magically inspiring about the River Clyde, or is it simply the cider served in Glaswegian pubs. Anyway, Glasgow is buzzing with young up-and-coming artists creating incredible things, either on stage or on fabric, with words or with paint. Every month or so we’ll chat with a Glasgow-based artist to see what they’re up to. Today: Jack Elfick, one half of rockabilly inspired band The Bikini Bottoms and co-author of the Shakespeare Society’s upcoming play ‘Much Ado About Murder’, a gory take on the Elizabethan classic. People just love being scared. Everyone’s got a bit of morbid curiosity, me more than most.” Continue reading


King Tut’s Summer Nights: Made as Mannequins/Future Glue/The Hammerin’ Tongs/The Lapelles 16.07.16

Expecting it not to be a busy evening given most students abandoned Glasgow, it was surprising to see so many showed up for the night’s line-up.

Made as Mannequins, were easy going and catchy with some nice vocals. Their performance was energetic and fun, a difficult feat as the first performers.  Overall, they fit King Tut’s description of what genre to expect (“For fans of: Phoenix, The Vaccines, Circa Waves”) perfectly and successfully.

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UK Bans Plastic Microbes In Cosmetic Products

In early September, a UK-wide ban on plastic microbeads in cosmetic products was announced. Due to come into full force by the end of 2017, the ban signals a hopeful step in the right direction for tackling ocean plastic pollution.

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Susanna; Anna Devin, 
Figaro; Ben McAteer,
Countess Almaviva; Eleanor Dennis,
Count Almaviva; Samuel Dale Johnson,
Cherubino; Hanna Hipp,
Antonio; Donald Maxwell,
Marcellina; Marie McLaughlin,
Dr Bartolo; Graeme Broadbent,
Don Basilio_Don Curzio; Paul Curievici,
Barbarina; Lucy Hal

Arts Review: The Marriage of Figaro

Dir. Sir Thomas Allen, Theatre Royal, 14th – 22th October  
Walking in the Glasgow rain, humming Se vuol ballare, Signor Contino, my arms feel sore from the 15-minute applause I’ve just given. It’s absurd to think that just a few hours ago I’d been worried that perhaps such a classical opera wouldn’t translate well in 2016. To a postmodern feminist, can the many disturbing pranks of an 18th-century household really be funny?

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Next Steps? The Big Further Study Question

This month I have been toying with the notion of pursuing further study following graduation. In many ways the idea of a Master’s degree has its allure; I’ve just about figured out what specific area of my undergraduate degree I irritatingly can’t-shut-up-about, and it would be extremely fulfilling to explore that in even more depth. Under the weight of roughly a million logistical questions about this endeavour, however, one really stands out. Am I willing to part with just one of my kidneys, or multiple internal organs, in order to fund another degree?

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