Students are unhappy in the wake of the announcement of tuition fee rises at the University of Glasgow. Students from the rest of the UK (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) are set to have to pay £9,250 per year of their degree – driving them into even further debt. The SRC and the QMU have released statements expressing their concerns over the fee rise, and last night representatives from both student bodies spoke at an open meeting hosted by the Glasgow University Labour Club (GULC) to discuss further action. It was decided that a cross-campus campaign will be launched to protest the fee rise.
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).
Here at qmunicate we’ve assembled all of the Freshers’ teams representing the Queen Margaret Union. Meet the helpers and hear all about their favourite moments from Freshers’ so far. They’ll be on hand helping you get settled into Glasgow whilst making sure you have the best time this week and that you get home safe at the end of the night.
To kick off Freshers’ Week, we headed down to Qudos on Friday night to meet some of the freshers at the International Ceilidh. We got talking to them about their time in Glasgow so far, what they miss about home, and what they’re looking forward to this week and over the next year (mostly the absence of constant rain).
Freshers’ week has become a rite of passage for students – almost as important as actually starting university and arguably more so. It’s a week of non-stop chaos, with events on all corners of campus. This year, as we do every year, the Queen Margaret Union will aim to raise as much money as possible for our chosen charity: this Freshers’ week, it’s the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH).
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I think I might have mentioned this before, but in case it’s never come up, over the last year I’ve been helping out at and running a poetry open mic in the fine establishment that is the QMU.
On Monday, I relinquish my dictatorial grip on Aloud, the QMU’s literary spoken word night, and go back to being that punter who shows up every month to shout into the mic.