Exams are over – you did it – be proud!
From all of us here at GUSRC, well done and be proud of yourself as we all are of you!
Today many of you will have just finished your exams and deadlines. Some of you might be thinking of going on to do further studies, and for others these may be your last ever exams and you’re starting to think about what comes next.
We know that the future does not look as it should, and this is understandably pretty worrying. Things right now may seem uncertain however our message to you, now that exams are over, is this:
Be proud of sitting your exams and meeting your deadlines during the greatest global crisis for generations.
Be proud of being there for each other, for keeping each other going with zoom catch-ups, quizzes, Netflix parties and more.
Be proud of pulling together in your clubs and societies, putting on events and activities to keep us all engaged and entertained.
Be proud of volunteering your time to help others: going out of your way to spread kindness and doing your bit to help your local communities get through this.
Be proud of going out as key workers to protect and serve on the frontline against COVID-19.Be proud of getting through this in one piece.
Be proud of all that you achieved.
We are all worried about what comes next, but whatever it is you should always be proud that you were the year who faced huge challenges, and with creativity, teamwork and ingenuity you met them head on.
From all of us here at GUSRC, well done and be proud of yourself as we all are of you!
Please see below a round-up of some of the fab things UofG societies have been doing during lockdown:
|GU Shakespeare Society||“During lockdown, some of our members celebrated Shakespeare’s 456th birthday on the 23rd of April by sharing our favourite quotes from his many plays and sonnets. These included the famous ‘All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.’ from As You Like It, and ‘She was a vixen when we went to school. And though she be but little, she is fierce.’ from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”|
|GU Veterinary Medical Assocation||“We have just started a vet virtual games where we release fun at-home challenges each week! Students from every BVMS and BSc group, staff and post-graduate students are competing to have the most creative at-home creations this week!
Our sports reps have also hosted virtual group workouts!
Since we always like to have animals in the photos, the dogs are from the Feel Good February 5K, which was before lockdown, but pups are always good motivation to get that exercise each day!”
|GU Disney Society||“The games we have been doing are Choose One games in different categories. We choose a category and start with 32 contestants and end up with a winner. The games take place over two days every time and around two to three times a week. We are encouraging people to interact with our stories and to have some fun doing so. We hope that people enjoy our games as much as we enjoy doing them!”|
|GU Sewing Society|
|GU Electronic Music Society||“We try to keep our members interested by streaming live DJ sets from our committee and members via twitch or Facebook live!”|
|GU Art Appreciation Society||– online art quizzes on our Instagram page (themes: Impressionism, women artists)
– an Instagram live workshop on Pakistani Art Truck in collaboration with GUSAS (GU South Asian Society) as part of the src destress at a distance campaign
– written three weekly posts on a theme related to the art field from a wide range of perspectives and contexts published on our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/artappreciationsociety) and Instagram (@gu_art_as) pages
– opened a blog on which these articles are published (https://artgateblog.altervista.org/)
– promoted online cultural events, talks and exhibitions organised by other museums on an international level (for example the Lithuanian Rupert Gallery)
– collaborated with GUWS (GU Walking Society) in order to promote Mental Health Awareness Week
|GU Pakistan Student Society||“Our society, the Glasgow University Pakistan Student Society (GUPaksoc) hosted a Netflix movie night in collaboration with Glasgow University South Asian Society (GUSAS), showcasing the film “Cake”.”|
|GU South Asian Society||
“We’ve been hosting daily movie nights in April, weekly in May with collabs each week! We’ve teamed up with volunteers from the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital asking for toiletries for patients and shown information about donating blood during COVID-19. We’ve also teamed up with The Beatson to showcase their information on #SkinCancerAwarenessMonth!
We’ve collaborated with GUPaksoc & Elephant in the room with film screenings, UofG Bhakti Yoga Society, GU Walking Society on their #OnYourDoorstep Campaign, held a Pakistani Truck Art Workshop with GU Art Appreciation Society, December Wolf the clothing brand, Glasgow Students Medical Women’s Federation for a book group, the College of Arts & School of critical studies for a book reading from Suhayl Saadi and we have more ideas to come! We’ve given a chai tutorial and discussed kindness as part of our line up for Mental Health Awareness Week and revealed our favourite novels for World Book & Copyright Day! Provided a list of ways to #StayGreenDuringCOVID-19.
We’re an active society who cares for their members and have been commenting on offer holders with any knowledge we have. We’ve made a group chat so they can get to know us as well, we aren’t only here for those of South Asian descent but for our Glaswegian Community! Our society was founded by Glaswegian South Asians who wanted to celebrate culture and most of all help others! So we hold that very dearly! Do join us in one of our events!”
|GU Doctor Who Society|
|TEDxUniversityofGlasgow||“TEDxUniversityofGlasgow has been busy making the new core team feel welcomed into the society through arranging socials and planning meetings for the backbone ideas for the upcoming year. We have also been engaging on social media with our followers with TED content related to stress and inspirational speakers to embrace the uncertain lifestyle we are currently in. The team are very excited about the fun-filled and busy year upcoming. We are currently working on our ‘Welcome World Changers Campaign’ to welcome everyone into our TEDxUofG family and the theme ideas for our main conference next year!”
|GU FinTech||we have started a small series of blog posts focused on how the pandemic is impacting the world of FinTech.||Link to blog post (https://uogfintech.wordpress.com)|
|GlasgowMarrow||“Who are we?
Glasgow Marrow is a student society of the charity Anthony Nolan, the UK’s largest stem cell register. Anthony Nolan matches donors with blood cancer patients who need a stem cell transplant. We support Anthony Nolan by signing potential stem cell donors onto the stem cell register and by doing loads of fundraising!
The pandemic unfortunately meant we had to cancel various donor recruitment and fundraising events. However, our enthusiastic community of committee members, volunteers and supporters have been very busy during lockdown. Below I have described a little bit of what we’ve been up to and I have attached a variety of photos and some video clips.
Firstly we ran a ‘Miles for Marrow’ fundraiser. A group of us used our daily exercise to collectively walk or run the length of Scotland, Gretna Green to John o’Groats, and to climb the height of Everest, base camp to summit. It took us about 2 weeks and was a really nice way of staying in touch: sharing pictures, progress, and messages via a running app we all installed.
We used it to fundraise for Anthony Nolan’s Emergency Coronavirus Appeal and finished it off with a ‘virtual pub quiz’, broadcast from our Facebook page. Together Miles for Marrow and the quiz were excellent ways to stay connected, plug our fundraising and stem cell register online sign-up links, and keep grounded through the lockdown. In the end we raised a whopping £955!
Missing our campus bake sales, our committee members have been sharing their baking experiences via twice weekly Instagram stories. We’ve been posting the recipes on our social media channels and encouraging our followers to get involved. So far it been a great way to have fun and interact with our supporters, hopefully introducing some new people to our cause.
Also, this month we’re running Zoom exam revision sessions for 1st and 2nd year medical students. Our first is on Monday, where some of our members, who are in their final years of their medicine degree, will cover the key course points and give advice and tips to 1st year medical students for their upcoming exam. This is also a fundraiser (a small £2 donation per person) to again help the charity fight blood cancer.”
|GULGBTQ+||“There is a video of our AGM, a photo of an Animal Crossing meet up that some of our members did and a zoom screenshot of our new committee at our first committee meeting after our AGM!”|
The Cecilian Society
“The video we’ve attached is one of the performances from our virtual cabaret, themed “Half the World Away – Songs about Distance, Togetherness, and Love”. We usually hold a fundraising cabaret in April-May where members of the Cecilian Society can perform songs that are special to them. Since we couldn’t do it live this year, we asked people to send in videos of them performing in their homes. The song in the video is “Days of Summer”, performed by Rosie Shaw, Katharine Northcote, Ally Semple, and Jennifer Warren.”