13/08/2012 – Wolfson library to remain open following SRC campaign
Following a campaign launched by the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) last week, the SRC President, yesterday afternoon led a group of student representatives at a hastily arranged meeting with staff from the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Science to discuss the University’s proposal to cut the Wolfson medical library opening hours by over 60%.
As a result of this meeting; The SRC is pleased to announce that the decision to reduce the current 24/7 library opening hours to Monday-Friday 8am-8pm, has been reversed.
SRC President, James Harrison said “We are delighted at this outcome. Whilst the University has been experiencing some operational issues associated with the 24/7 opening, we consistently made it clear (since becoming aware of the decision) that cutting opening hours is the wrong response. The University have accepted our position and we are pleased that the hard working students, to whom this service is invaluable, will continue to enjoy unrestricted access to the service”.
The SRC, Medic Societies, BMA student reps and The University will work together over the next few months to review the operational management of the library so students can get even greater benefit from the use of the space without disruption in the years ahead.
09/08/2012 – GUSRC criticises plans to reduce Wolfson Medical Building opening hours
Glasgow University Students’ Representative Council (GUSRC) has voiced strong criticism of The University over plans for severe reductions in the opening hours at the Wolfson Medical School Library. The library is to have its opening hours reduced by 64% from 168 hours a week, down to 60; restricting it to an 8am-8pm, weekday opening. A drastic move away from the 24 hour access currently offered to medical students; many of whom require access at all hours of the day, due to their shift work in hospitals.
James Harrison, President of the Students’ Representative Council, said: ‘Students in the medical school already have a very large workload and with the large increase in fees for RUK students about to take place, a 64% cut to their access of study space is simply unacceptable. The student experience at the university will be damaged if these proposals go ahead. We call on the university to rethink its plans and stop this drastic reduction in opening hours’.
The university’s plans are due to be implemented at the start of the new semester in September, reducing the opportunity for full consultation with students and staff.
GUSRC have launched a petition for students to sign to express their opposition to the proposed reduction of this academic provision.
4/7/2012 – University of Glasgow reveals plans for new postgraduate centre
The University of Glasgow has approved plans to develop a new postgraduate social space to cater for the University’s growing postgraduate community.
The Gilchrist Postgraduate Club will open in Autumn 2012 and will be managed by University of Glasgow Students’ Representative Council (GUSRC), the University’s legally recognised student representative body.
The name was chosen to honour Marion Gilchrist, the first female graduate of the University of Glasgow, and the first woman to gain a medical degree in Scotland – 2012 marks the 60th anniversary of her death.
In addition to a bar and catering facilities, the space will house a flexible seminar and lecture space for students to take part in a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular events. Entry to the space will be free to all postgraduate students and staff of the University.
Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, said: “The Gilchrist Postgraduate Club marks a significant investment on the part of the University in order to enhance the student experience for those undertaking postgraduate study. The University and the Students’ Representative Council have worked hard to develop a facility which will cater to postgraduate students and become a hub for interdisciplinary discussion and social interaction on our campus.”
James Harrison, President of the SRC said: “This is an incredibly exciting development for the University, its postgraduate students, and for the SRC. We’re delighted to be naming the space in honour of one of Glasgow’s most distinguished postgraduate students.”
The design of the space was created by Glasgow based architects, ECD, with guidance formulated from over thirty hours of consultation with Glasgow University students conducted by GUSRC.
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6/6/2012 – New GUSRC Vacancy: Postgraduate Development Officer
GUSRC are looking for a dynamic, inspirational individual who is an excellent communicator and strong networker to take the position of Postgraduate Development Officer. Excellent organisational and administrative skills are essential, as is the capacity to support stakeholders in working to meet shared objectives. In addition, the post-holder will have an understanding of and empathy with the principles and processes of student engagement in shaping the student experience.
To find out more, head to the SRC Paid Positions webpage.
22/5/2012 – Incident involving Glasgow University student
As some of you will be aware, a serious incident involving a University of Glasgow student took place near campus in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The incident took place between Lilybank Gardens and Ashton Lane at 2am on Saturday involving a female student who was attacked and sexually assaulted by a man thought to be in his mid-twenties.
The suspect is described as white, around 5ft 7 inches inches tall and of slim build. He was also described as having a clear, pale complexion and speaking with a local accent. At the time of the incident he is believed to have been wearing a black, full-front zipped hooded top and dark-coloured tracksuit or jogging bottoms.
The man is thought to have run in the direction of Ashton Lane following the incident.
Strathclyde Police are currently undertaking an investigation and we are asking Glasgow University students to extend their full support in the process by coming forward with any information they may have relating to the incident. Anything you may know which may be useful for the investigation should be reported using the information below.
Contact the West End CID at Partick on 0141 532 3500.
To give information anonymously you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Our thoughts go out to the student victim in this awful incident.
Glasgow, particularly the west end, is by and large a safe place and GUSRC work with the University and local council to try to ensure the safety of students on campus and in the surrounding area, however, we’d like to reiterate some general safety advice for travelling around; or to or from campus.
- Do not leave drinks unattended at any time
- Avoid travelling alone – where possible stay with a friend or ideally with a small group
- If staying in student halls, use the SRC Minibus service where available
- Consider taking a taxi (pre-booked or licensed black cab if hailing from the street)
- If you are walking, use well-lit roads and avoid taking short-cuts through dark, secluded areas
- Be aware of your surroundings and people around you
- Consider carrying a personal attack alarm (available free from SRC Advice Centre)
- Conceal valuables whenever possible when travelling at night
If you are on campus and require help, or would like to report anything suspicious on campus, please contact University security staff at the Gatehouse on 0141 330 4282.
9/5/2012 – GUSRC Response to Consultation on Illegal Rental Fees
GUSRC have submitted a response to the The Scottish Government Consultation on Premiums in the Private Rented Sector relating to fees imposed by landlords and letting agents.
The consultation response can be viewed or downloaded as a .pdf.
For more about the motivations behind the campaign, visit Shelter Scotland’s Reclaim Your Fees website.
25/4/2012 – Freshers’ Week 2012 Helper Applications Now Open
Helper Applications to be part of GUSRC’s team for Freshers’ Week 2012 are now open!
Fill in this form to apply to be a Freshers’ Helper for the SRC in September 2012.
We’re looking for around 75 eager students to become part of the Helper team for Freshers’ Week, starting on 10th September 2012.
However, because you need to work extra hard as an SRC Helper, we need you to be available for prep week from 3rd September.
18/4/2012 – Associate Student Representative Trainers Wanted
GUSRC are currently looking to recruit our team of Associate Trainers to deliver Class/PGR Representative Training at Glasgow for the 2012-13 academic year.
The application process is open to anyone who has served as a class or PGR representative in either of the two preceding academic years. Applicants must be studying at the University of Glasgow during 2012 – 13.
The role may appeal to students with existing training experience or an interest in developing training skills. Equally it will appeal to students who have been course representatives before and wish to enhance the participation of students within decision-making structures (e.g. staff-student liaison committees) within the University of Glasgow.
To find out more, please visit the job advertisement page of the website.
Deadline: Friday 11th May 2012
11/4/2012 – Glasgow Student Forum Launches Council Manifesto
GUSRC has collaborated with higher and further education institutes from across Glasgow to form the Glasgow Student Forum Manifesto for the forthcoming City Council Elections.
The Manifesto summarises the key concerns of over 70,000 students across Glasgow and the issues students want answers on from the candidates standing in the election.
The Manifesto can be viewed online via Issuu.
Furthermore, in order to give students the chance to pose questions directly to the candidates (including current Council leader Gordon Matheson) we’re cohosting an event at Strathclyde Student Union. For all the details jump over to the Facebook event!
26/3/2012 – Student Teaching Awards 2011-12 Winners Revealed
The winners of the Student Teaching Awards 2011-2012 have been revealed at a ceremony on Friday 23rd February.
The STAs are run by Glasgow University SRC to give students the opportunity to recognise the work of University of Glasgow staff.
To view the winners, please visit the STA 2011-12 page.
Photos from the event will be online soon.