November Newcomers

The SRC and The Gilchrist Postgraduate Club are putting on activities and events for new students at the University.

So you’ve just arrived in Glasgow and you’re worried you’ve missed out on Freshers’ Week and all of the welcome activities… Well don’t worry November newcomers, as GUSRC and The Gilchrist Postgraduate Club have teamed up to bring you a great line-up of events and content to help you meet new people and learn all about life here at UofG!

What’s on?

Throughout November we’ll have free events listed on our Glasgow Student Events site which you can use to find what’s on, as well as register for tickets. To access the site head to These events are open to all students, not just our newcomers!

Below is a timetable of some of the events and activities planned. A full line-up of events will be available on Native shortly, and we’ll also be posting content on our social media pages so make sure to give these a follow to keep up to date with what’s on:

Glasgow Students’ Representative Council

The Gilchrist Postgraduate Club


Monday 9th November Virtual Knitting for Fun 17:00-18:-00 You can bring a piece you are currently working on or start something new from scratch. Knitting is a great way to relieve stress and meet new people, plus it comes in handy for the Scottish winters. You can do it all in the comfort of your own home!

Pick up some basic skills, ask other experienced knitters how to work past that tricky bit in the pattern or just have a bit of company with fellow University of Glasgow post grad students. Either way you’re bound to have something in common!

Tuesday 10th November Meet the International Societies Video 17:00-17:15 Watch as many smiling faces from a range of the international clubs and societies here at UofG tell you a little about what they do, how you can get involved and a big friendly welcome to Glasgow!
Wednesday 11th November Student Life Talk + Q&A 16:00-17:00 Want to find out a bit more about student life in Glasgow? What’s it like to live in the city? Learn basic things like how to get around, things to do, where to shop and so much more! Hosted by SRC sabbatical officers.
Wednesday 11th November Mature Student Mixer 12:00-13:00 Come along and virtually meet other mature students at UofG!
Wednesday 11th November Virtual Conversational English: Language Café 16:00-17:00 Our Conversational English: Language Cafes provide a casual opportunity for students who do not have English as their first language to meet one-to-one with their peers, to help improve their language skills and share a cuppa’ with someone new.

Register for free to secure a spot at our virtual cafe!

This is not a teaching initiative.  Its roots are social first, building community and kinship through chatting casually, and hopefully improving spoken English and understanding along the way.

Wednesday 11th November Arts & Crafts Beginners Embroidery Workshop 17:00-19:00 Join the Arts and Crafts Embroidery Workshop organised by the Art Appreciation Society in collaboration with the Sewing Society. This is a beginners workshop so no prior embroidery experience is required. We will teach you the basics of embroidery and we will be working on an Arts and Crafts inspired pattern while giving some art history background information on the Arts and Crafts movement. Come along for a chill evening with virtual company and learn a new skill. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you there!
Thursday 12th November Virtual Campus Tour 10:00-11:00 A virtual video walking tour of all the top spots on campus so you can see and get familiar with all the key areas!
Thursday 12th November Disabled Student Mixer 17:30-18:30 Designed for students who define themselves as having a disability or who have a long-term physical or mental illness, everyone is welcome to come along to this virtual meet up.
Friday 13th November Virtual West End Tour 10:00-11:00 We’ve put together a virtual West End Tour so you can see for yourself all the charming hotspots around the West End of Glasgow. Current students will also be able to tell you a little about their favourite places in the West End and give you all the top-tips about how to get around!
Friday 13th November Replay of The Diversity Quota 19:00-20:00 To welcome students both new and returning, the Gilchrist Postgraduate Club is holding a series of online events, and the Diversity Quota is delighted to be one of them! As always we’ll be bringing our usual brand of diverse and hilarious comedy, with an exceptional line up featuring some of the best comics in the Glasgow scene. We’ll also be streaming a collection of sketches made by Scotland’s finest comedians during lockdown, and there may even be some surprises in store as well! Come tune in and join us for what will be a fantastic and funny start to your time here in Glasgow!
Saturday 14th November Replay of Drag 101 19:00-20:00 The dysfunctional dynamic duo Dharma Geddon & Alana Duvey team up to take you on a perilous journey through the unique drag scene of Glasgow in this unique virtual show – produced specially for this years’ Freshers’ Week. From those who have never seen a drag show to religious ‘Drag Race’ fanatics – we have you covered! Inclusive environment – Everyone welcome!
Monday 16th November Home Student Mixer 17:15-18:15 Come along and virtually meet some fellow home students where you’ll be able to chat, link up and hear how everyone’s semesters are going- ice breakers included!
Tuesday 17th November Getting Around Glasgow Virtual Tour 12:00 Take this virtual tour and we’ll show you around all the main ways of getting around Glasgow! Whether that be train, subway, bus or walking, come along for a virtual journey where we travel all around the city to show you the key info and ways of getting about!
Tuesday 17th November Student Carers’ Mixer 17:15-18:15 Open to all, this virtual meet-up is designed for students who provide emotional or practical support to a relative, friend, or someone else who is unable to manage alone. This is a chance to meet like-minded students and have a chilled out chat.
Wednesday 18th November Student Parents’ Mixer 17:15-18:15 A chance to meet other student parents for a social chat about how the semester is going and a chill out virtual chat.
Wednesday 18th November Virtual Conversational English: China Café 11:00-12:30 Our Conversational English: China Cafes provide a casual opportunity for students who do not have English as their first language to meet one-to-one with their peers, to help improve their language skills and share a cuppa’ with someone new.

Cafes will be held once a fortnight on Wednesdays, 11am GMT // 7pm CST.

Register for free to secure a spot at our virtual cafe!

This is not a teaching initiative.  Its roots are social first, building community and kinship through chatting casually, and hopefully improving spoken English and understanding along the way.


Who are GUSRC and The Gilchirst Postgraduate Club?

We’re the Students’ Representative Council, also known as the SRC. We do lots of things, but basically we exist to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable University experience by providing support, representation, and engagement opportunities. We’re a small organisation made up of our council of elected student representatives plus a small team of part-time and full-time staff. We are led by a team of sabbatical officers (pictured L-R): Amy (Vice President Student Activities), Liam (President), Ella (Vice President Student Support), and Grigoris (Vice President Education).

The Gilchrist Postgraduate Club is a haven on campus for those undertaking the quest for knowledge beyond undergraduate level. The club is a joint venture by the University’s hospitality services (the folk that run UofG Food) and GUSRC, aimed at offering a social, study and events space for the University’s burgeoning postgraduate community.

It offers a full coffee-shop experience during the day with an extensive lunch menu of freshly  pre­pared foods, including paninis, soups and sand­wiches as well as your favourite tray bakes. In pre-COVID times, the club would regularly put on social events and some of these will make a return in an online capacity as part of our November Newcomers line-up. Be sure to pop in for a coffee or tea should you be on campus.

Where can I learn more about the University & Glasgow?

Glasgow is a vibrant and exciting city with so much to offer by way of arts, culture, entertainment, food, drinks and sports. Things may be different right now – but there are still so many reasons to be in Glasgow and so many things to enjoy about living in this great city. Glasgow also isn’t without its quirks, and it’s important that you learn how certain things work here such as public transport, or rules around drinking outdoors.

The best way to learn more about Glasgow is to read our comprehensive student publication: The Guide. Put together by a team of past students, this 140-page book has everything you need to know about life at the University as well as within the city of Glasgow. You can access a free online copy here: or you can pick up a physical copy from the SRC Welcome Point.