A provisional list of the candidates standing across all 18 positions available can be found at the Autumn 2015 Elections Candidates page.
This is your chance to be part of the governing body at the heart of the SRC. Council is responsible for ensuring that the University of Glasgow is doing the best for the students. This is done in a number of ways, primarily through the University committee structure. The SRC have representatives on committees at all levels throughout the University, including two student representatives on Court and 12 representatives on the Council of Senate, which are the highest governing bodies in the University. All members of Council get the opportunity to run to sit on committees that may be of interest to them. It is at these meetings that members of Council are given insight into the running of the University, which may have been unfamiliar to them before, and where they get the chance to raise issues of interest and concern to students. A list of the 18 positions available can be found at the Autumn 2015 Elections page.
All halls residents should note that building and road works on and off campus will result in a restricted minibus service for a large part of the first semester. We will seek to maximise the number of minibus runs but during this period the service could be reduced by up to 30%. The unpredictability of the timing of the works has made it impossible to plan routes in advance; we cannot therefore confirm that we will be able to operate to currently published timetables.
The GUSRC is warning students who are still looking for accommodation to be extra cautious, as some students were recently conned out of hundreds of pounds by people posing as landlords in the West End.
Our Rector Edward Snowden has condemned the Scottish Government's Higher Education Governance Bill, calling it “a real threat to the financial and academic independence of the university system in Scotland.”. This is a position that echoes the voices of senior staff and student leaders.
Did you know not far from campus is the European Museum of the Year 2013? Yeah, us neither. Unfortunately it’s not the University’s Hunterian, which is pretty good anyway, don’t turn your nose up at it’s lack of awards. It’s like the Leonardo DiCaprio of museums. But it turns out that our humble little Riverside Museum (aka the Transport Museum) is such a museum. It’s Glasgow’s newest museum, only opening in 2011. So getting the Museum of the Year award after only two years is quite something. It was built to replace the old Transport Museum at Kelvinhall, opposite the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (another must-visit museum in Glasgow) and actually has more than twice as many items as the old one. The building itself is supposed to look like waves to reflect Glasgow’s maritime history, the fact that it is on the confluence of the rivers Kelvin and Clyde and that the site is on an old shipyard. But you can’t really appreciate the views from the ground, you can see a bit of what the architect was hoping for if you are on a train going through Partick station, but not much sadly.
The SRC Second Hand Bookshop is currently unable to take books in for sale, unless they are first year textbooks for the first semester of classes, as the bookshop is at full capacity. The bookshop will resume general intake of books at the end of September.
You probably noticed the huge amounts of pipers around Glasgow last week. That was the World Pipe Band Championships going on in Glasgow Green, one of the prized parks of Glasgow. You may have also been here before if you went to the Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night, which is the largest display in Scotland. Glasgow Green is about 130 acres of river-front parkland just to the east of the city centre. Inside the many paths and grassy open spaces is The People’s Palace and Winter Garden, a weird architectural mash-up of a late 19th century civic building and a huge botanic glasshouse stuck right on the back of it. The Palace was a gift to the East End, which at the time was a collection of very deprived areas. It has kept to its original spirit over the years as a place of leisure and learning for the people of Glasgow. The Green itself was originally swampy and split by the Molendinar Burn (the same one from the Necropolis) and the Camlachie Burn. The area was first used for washing clothes and later on turned into the early modern period Glasgow institution — the ‘steamie’ wash-house. The washerwomen later on turned into protesting Suffragettes here on the Green.
This little adventure requires daring to go south of the river. The tales you’ve heard are all nonsense, the Southside is pretty nice. Pollok Country Park is in the Pollok area, unsurprisingly. It’s about 3 miles from the city centre, so if you get scared of the Southsiders you can get to safety pretty quickly. The park is the largest in Glasgow, and has lots of cool things in it: fields of Highlan’ Coos (it’s not just Scottish people who are hairy gingers, it’s our cattle too), red deer roaming wild, the White Cart Water, an awesome play park with a zip slide, huge and fragrant walled gardens, and an incredible art gallery called the Burrell Collection. It was voted Best European Park in 2008, so we’re talking crème de la crème here.
The SRC Welcome Point will be closed from 1.15pm on Monday 17th August 2015 for staff training. It will reopen for all enquiries and services at 9am on Tuesday 18th August.