23-03-11 – GUSRC Slam Senior University Management Over Consultation Process
The Principal of the University of Glasgow is refusing requests to allow student representatives to sit on the consultation panels the Senior Management Group has appointed to review cuts to courses and departments at the University of Glasgow.
Principal Anton Muscatelli’s refusals come despite requests from both the democratically elected council representing students at the University – the SRC- and a motion passed by the academic staff representative body of the University – the Senate. Both senior representative bodies demanded that student representatives be included on the panels.
The inclusion of student representatives on the consultation panels is essential in ensuring they are the fair and transparent devices that the University’s Senior Management Group (SMG), composed of just fourteen people, claim them to be.
The Principal has stated student representatives can only join the panels with the approval of Court, despite the fact Court will only meet after the Consultation Process has finished.
Each panel has been appointed by SMG to review pre-selected departments and courses within the University to see if they can be cut or merged as they embark on a bid to save 3 million pounds, caused by a lack of funding for Higher Education by the Scottish Government.
22-03-11 PETs Awards Ceremony 2011
The inaugural 2011 PET Awards were a brilliant success. A thoroughly enjoyable awards ceremony took place in the Williams Room, hastily re-located from the Senate room which suddenly found itself under student occupation following recent events.
22-03-11- SRC Condemn Disproportionate and Heavy Handed Policing to Evict Student Protesters
The leading student body at Glasgow University has today condemned Strathclyde police for the disproportionate and heavy handed manner in which they attempted to end a peaceful student occupation at the Hetherington Research Building.
Over 80 police officers, 18 police vehicles and a police helicopter were mobilised to evict around 15 students who had occupied the University owned Hetherington Research club for just under two months. An ambulance was also needed to take a student injured during the eviction to hospital.
Tommy Gore, President of the SRC condemned the amount of police who arrived on campus and disputed the need for police in what should have been an internal university matter.
21-03-11 PVG Forms Are Now In
We now have Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Forms, they can be collected from SRC Reception. Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) is a new scheme replacing the current Disclosure Process. It is the case with most volunteering jobs that a PVG form will need to be filled out before a placement can begin.
When you submit the forms you will also need to bring 3 forms of ID with you such as passport, driving licence and a utility bill.
15-03-11 Find A Solution 2011
Details of the 2011 projects are now available on the Find a Solution page
This is a great opportunity to gain some practical experience, help the community and receive a Settlement bursary of £1500. The work is carried out over the summer months for approximately 8-10 weeks, at times agreed between the students and the organisation. It is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students, no matter what you are studying.
In 2011 you will have the opportunity to work with one of the following:
Bridging the Gap
Friends of the Earth
New Rhythms for Glasgow
Go to the Find a Solution page to download an application form!
Although we have had a level of interest, we have had feedback that due to dissertations and coursework you are struggling to get forms handed in, so the new deadline is 5pm on Monday 28th March!
07-03-11 RAG Week 2011
Raising and Giving Week 7th – 12th March 2011 is your annual opportunity to help raise money for and donate to a selection of different local charities.
Campus will be alive with fundraisers in bright purple collecting for good causes. So volunteer for an hour, chuck in your loose change or get involved in some of the fundraising.
RAG Week is all about having fun while raising money for charity and we hope many of you can join in the festivities and help us raise our best total to date.
Last year we raised over £3,000 to help out local causes, and we’re sure you’ll help us beat that this time round.
There’s more information about how to get involved over at the RAG Week campaign page.
07-03-11 Annual Report 2009/10
We’re proud to say we have just finished our third annual report. The report covers the 2009/10 period, reporting on the progress of the aims which our original strategic plan outlined. We hope you take time to have a look through this report, and we enthusiastically welcome feedback and comment on its contents to email@example.com.
During the coming year we will be developing a new three year strategic plan and it is important that we get as much input as possible in order to ensure that GUSRC remains a relevant organisation which provides value for money and plays a significant role on improving the student experience at Glasgow.
You can read a copy of the annual report over at our account on issuu.com or download a pdf copy. If you’d like a paper version just pop in and see us inthe John McIntyre Building at the University of Glasgow, it’d be good to see you.
04-02-11 SRC Spring Election Results 2011
Full results for SRC Spring Elections 2011 have now been announced. Congratulations to all the candidates in what was the most hotly contested election since 1992 (at least). We’ve got our archivists scurrying around to confirm the exact date since this many votes were last cast. Four thousand and eight four votes were cast. You can see the full breakdown of results over at our issuu account.
28-02-11 Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme (formerly Disclosures)
A new scheme called Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) is replacing the current Disclosure Process.
We are currently waiting on the new PVG forms to arrive at the SRC but are not yet sure when we will receive them.
We’ll keep you updated and let you know when the situation changes. Sorry for any inconvenience but this is out with our control.
22-02-11 Rector Election Results
The Rt. Hon Charles Kennedy MP was today re-elected as Rector of the University of Glasgow, winning 2601 votes from a total of 3166 votes cast. Writer and Comedian, A. L. Kennedy came second in the contest, with a total of 565 votes.
Probably the only Lib Dem to be elected to a position of power by a student body in the near future, we’d like to congratulate Charles on becoming the first person since Benjamin Disraeli in the 1870s to be voted Rector for two consecutive terms.
We at the Students’ Representative Council look forward to working with him over the next three years to ensure the voice of the students at this University continue to be heard loudly and clearly at the University Court, which Charles will continue to chair. These are important times, not only in the world of internal student politics, but also within the wider discussion about the place of education in Britain that has yet to be settled. We are confident that Charles will continue to deliver a clear opposition to student fees and the skewed ideologies and maths which backed their introduction in Westminister, and not be afraid to take a stand to defend students whilst his colleagues around him twirl u-turns aplenty.
Congratulations are also extended to A.L. Kennedy who won an impressive number of votes and provided stiff opposition in this election. We wish her all the best for the future and sincerely hope that her knowledge and support will continue to aid the student movement at Glasgow University for a long time to come. We hope this isn’t the last we see of you.
Thank you to everyone who voted. Without your input, support and enthusiasm student politics cannot truly be the vibrant, challenging and truly representative platform it must be in order for us to present real challenge to those who think they can make decisions affecting thousands of lives, without protest or opposition. We’d like to take this opportunity to urge you, and as many people as you can muster, to vote in the upcoming SRC elections which take place next Wednesday and Thursday. These decide who represents you to a University which is currently trying to axe some courses and merge others. There has never been a more important time than now to take 30 seconds to register your vote with a simple click. Check out the candidates manifestos and we’ll be in touch soon to remind you how crucial it is you vote on 2nd and 3rd March.