Media Week 2015

Attention budding media movers! Write it, type it, cut it, send it, print it, read it, say it, hear it, watch it, live it.

No we’re not referring to any Daft Punk songs, it’s Media Week here at Glasgow University, courtesy of your very own Students’ Representative Council.

Media Week is one of the most exciting weeks this University has to offer. It’s a week where we bring together some of the best media industry players – the ones out there, shaping what we see, hear and read – to come and show us all what’s what in the world of media. They’re coming here to share their knowledge and experiences, to help inspire you, and try and answer any of your questions about life working in the media. A whole host of talent will be talking to us throughout the week from successful alumni of our own student media to some of the BBC’s most experienced journalists. There’s also a range of workshops for those of you who looking for more practical advice. We think there’s something for everyone and hope you all enjoy the week.

Everything you see is free to attend and open to everyone, however they are first come first served. Keep an eye on or check us out on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for up to date information on the events. You can join our Facebook event here: Media Week 2015 event

Events are hosted in the Williams Room, John McIntyre Building unless stated otherwise. All events run between Monday 9th and Friday 13th February 2015.

Gintare Masiulyte

SRC VP Student Activities

The SRC’s job is to support the students of the University of Glasgow and ensure their time here is as enjoyable, safe and interesting as possible. Day-in, day-out we we’re here to address, or even just to listen to, the concerns of students. We also proudly support the four student media organisations, GUM, Guardian, GUST and Subcity.


MONDAY 9th Feb

1300 Online Publishing: The Way Forward?

Hear from Kyle McRae of Scottish e-book publishers, Blasted Heath, as he discusses the possibilities on offer from digital publishing.

1400 Politics and Radio Journalism

Award winning presenter of Good Morning Scotland, Gary Robertson speaks about his experiences from a career that’s encompassed the BBC World Service, Five Live and the Oscars.

1500 Freelancing 101

Former Glasgow Guardian editor Oliver Milne will discuss his experience in student media and give tips on freelancing, having written for The Herald, The Scotsman and STV.

1600 Sport in the Media

Andy Burke’s career has taken him many major sporting events, Euro 2012 to Wimbledon, 6 Nations Rugby to the Olympics. He’ll speak about his path into Sports Journalism and his experiences along the way.

TUESDAY 10th Feb

1130 LinkedIn Workshop

Want to know how to utilize this platform to attract the right employers? Submit your profile in advance for a review on the day, hear what section on your profile is most important, and get all your questions answered. Submit your profile by 4th of February to

1300 New Media and Breaking News

Kris Gilmartin, Editor of STV’s city app, talks about the importance of the app for breaking news on stories like the referendum and the Clutha crash.

1500 How to win at Club Promotion?

iAM promoter Matthew Craig shares the secrets of success in club promotion. Matthew cut his teeth at our very own Subcity Radio before starting his own weekly night in Glasgow’s internationally renowned Sub Club. iAM is now in it’s 5th year and continues to grow, with a weekly residency at Edinburgh’s Cabaret Voltaire.


1200 Creative Writing and Publishing Workshop

Author and GU Creative Writing teacher Zoe Strachan will share her tips on how to get your work published and noticed.

1300 That Time I Met Nelson Mandela And Other Overseas Adventures

Working for the BBC since 1979, Colin Blane has been East Africa correspondent, Europe Correspondent, and is presently Scotland Correspondent at BBC Scotland.

 1400 Radio Industry from the Top

Hear from Paul Cooney, former managing director at Radio Clyde with over 30 years of experience in radio broadcasting.

 1500 I’m a New Talent, Notice Me!

Dave McGeachan will share some of his knowledge from 15 years at DF Concerts booking for the famous King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.

 1600 Scottish Documentaries Institute Screening and Workshop

Rebecca Day of the Scottish Documentaries Institute will be discussing their ‘Bridging the Gap’ initiative, and running a workshop on how to pitch a film idea.


1300 Comic Books, Alliances, and the Future

Hear about the world of local comic books, graphic novels and sequential art from Sha Nazir, a founder of the Scottish Independent Comic Book Alliance.

1400 BBC Scotland Tour (booking required)

Tour BBC Scotland’s HQ, home to some of the most advanced TV studios in the world.

1500 Screens screening ‘Harold and Maude’

G12 Theatre

Screens present 1971 American romantic dark comedy, ‘Harold and Maude’.

 1630 Jackie Bird: ‘A dream come true’

Room 201, John McIntyre Building.

Jackie Bird is a name synonymous with broadcasting in Scotland. Over 25 years at Reporting Scotland has seen her cover some of biggest events in Scotland’s recent history. She’ll talk about how she discovered her passion and what keeps her enthusiastic.  

 FRIDAY 13th Feb

1100 What Postgraduate Courses Offer

Claire Dean, lecturer in broadcast and online journalism at GCU, explains the world of postgraduate media studies.

1300 How Media Forms Women’s Image in the Arts

Theatre Editor of The List, Gareth Vile, will lead a panel of journalists and performers in discussing the media’s role in shaping women’s image in the arts.

1400 New Ways to Tell ‘Front Page’ Stories

Firecrest Films assistant producer Hannah Livingston has worked on films for Dispatches, Panorama and Channel 4 News. She’ll talk about her experiences in investigative and broadcast journalism, and advise on routes into the industry.

1500 From Student Radio To Radio 1 And Beyond  

GU Alumni Richard Wilkinson helped found our own Subcity Radio. His career has since taken him to Radio 1, and across the world as a radio consultant.

 1600 Meet the Media: Wine Reception

The Gilchrist Postgraduate Club

Have a glass of wine and meet our own student media and speakers from across the week.