The University of Glasgow Scottish Gaelic Oil Tighe lost Chu Lavin Universitas glass consists abbreviated as glass in post nominals is the fourth oldest university in the english-speaking world in one of Scotland’s four ancient universities it was founded in 1451 along with the universities of Edinburgh Aberdeen and st. Andrews the University was part of the Scottish enlightenment during the 18th century it is currently a member of Universitas 21 the Russell Group and the guild of European research intensive universities in common with universities of the pre-modern era Glasgow originally educated students primarily from wealthy backgrounds however it became a pioneer in British higher education in the 19th century by also providing for the needs of students from the growing urban and commercial middle-class Glasgow University served all of these students by preparing them for professions the law medicine civil service teaching and the church it also trained smaller but growing numbers for careers in science and engineering the annual income of the institution for 2016-17 was six hundred million pounds of which 179 point eight million pounds was from research grants and contracts with an expenditure of 565 point nine million pounds the University was originally located in the city’s High Street since 1870 its main campus has been at Gilmour Hill in the West End of the city additionally a number of university buildings are located elsewhere such as the veterinary school in Bear’s Den and the Crichton campus in Dumfries alumni are former staff of the university include James Wilson a founding father of the United States philosopher Francis Hutcheson engineer James Watt philosopher and economist Adam Smith physicist Lord Kelvin surgeon Joseph Lister seven Nobel laureates and three British Prime Minister’s topic history the University of Glasgow was founded in 1451 by a charter or papal bull from Pope Nicholas v at the suggestion of King James the second giving Bishop William Turnbull a graduate of the University of st.
Andrews permission to add a university to the city’s Cathedral it has the second oldest University in Scotland after st. Andrews and the fourth oldest in the english-speaking world the universities of st. Andrews Glasgow and Aberdeen were ecclesiastical foundations while Edinburgh was a civic foundation as one of the ancient universities of the United Kingdom Glasgow University is one of only eight institutions to award undergraduate master’s degrees in certain disciplines the university has been without its original bull since the mid 16th century in 1560 during the political unrest accompanying the Scottish Reformation the then Chancellor Archbishop James Beaton a supporter of the Marian costs fled to France he took with him for safekeeping many of the archives and valuables of the Cathedral in the university including the mace and the bull although the mace was sent back in 1590 the archives were not principal dr.
James fall told the parliamentary commissioners of visitation on the 28th of August 1690 that he had seen the bull at the Scots College in Paris together with the many charters granted to the University by the Monarchs of Scotland from James ii to Mary Queen of Scots the University inquired of these documents in 1738 but was informed by Thomas Ineson the superiors of the Scots College that the original records of the foundation of the University were not to be found if they had not been lost by this time they certainly went astray during the French Revolution when the Scots College was under threat its records and valuables were moved for safekeeping out of the city of Paris the bull remains the authority by which the university Awards degrees teaching at the University began in the chapter house of Glasgow Cathedral subsequently moving to nearby rotten borough in a building known as the old pedagogy the university was given 13 acres hectares of land belonging to the black friars Dominicans on High Street by Mary Queen of Scots in 1563 by the late 17th century its building centered on two courtyards surrounded by walled gardens with a clock tower which was one of the notable features of Glasgow skyline and a chapel adapted from the church of the former dominican black friars Priory remnants of this Scottish Renaissance building mainly parts of the main facade were transferred to the Gilmore Hill campus and renamed as the Pierce lodge after Sir William Pierce the shipbuilding magnate who funded its preservation the lion and unicorn staircase was also transferred from the old college site and is now attached to the main building John Anderson while professor of natural philosophy at the University and with some opposition from his colleagues pioneered vocational education for working men and women during the Industrial Revolution to continue this work in his will he founded Anderson’s College which was associated with the University before merging with other institutions to become the University of Strathclyde in 1964 in 1973 Delphine parrot became its first female professor as gardener professor of immunology in October 2014 the university court voted for the university to become the first academic institution in Europe to divest from the fossil fuel industry topic campus the university is currently spread over a number of different campuses the main one is the Gilmore Hill campus in Hill head as well as this there is the GAR scuba State in bears den housing the veterinary school observatory ship model basin and much of the university sports facilities the dental school in the city center the section of mental health and well-being at Gartner Ville Royal Hospital on Great Western Road the teaching and learning center at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and the Crichton campus in Dumfries operated jointly by the University of Glasgow the University of the West of Scotland and the Open University the imaging center of excellence ice was opened at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital on the 29th of March 2017 including a clinical innovation zone spanning 11,000 square feet of collaboration space for researchers and Industry topic high street the university’s initial accommodation including Glasgow University library was part of the complex of religious buildings in the precincts of Glasgow Cathedral in 1460 the university received a grant of land from James Lord Hamilton on the east side of the High Street immediately north of the Blackfriars Church on which it had its home for the next 400 years in the mid 17th century the Hamilton building was replaced with a very grand to court building with a decorated West front facing the high street called the Nova rec Tiye or new building this foundation is widely considered to have been one of the finest seventeenth century buildings in Scotland decorated fragments from it including a complete exterior stairway were rescued and built into its 19th century replacement in Sir Walter Scott’s best-selling 1817 novel Rob Roy said at the time of the Jacobite rising of 1715 the lead character fights a duel in the new building grounds before the contest is broken up by Rob Roy MacGregor over the following centuries the university’s size and scope continued to expand in 1757 it built the McFarland Observatory and later Scotland’s first public museum the Hunterian it was a center of the Scottish enlightenment and subsequently of the Industrial Revolution and its expansion in the High Street was constrained the area around the university declined as well-off residents moved westwards with expansion of the city and overcrowding of the immediate area by less well-off residents it was this rapid slumming of the area that was a chief catalyst of the university’s migration westward topic Gilmore Hill consequently in 1870 it moved to a then greenfield site on Gilmore Hill in the West End of the city around three miles five kilometers west of its previous location enclosed by a large meander of the river Kelvin the original site on the high street was sold to the city of Glasgow Union railway and replaced by the College Goods yard the new build campus was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott in the Gothic Revival style the largest of these buildings echoed on a far grander scale the original High Street campuses twin quadrangle layout and may have been inspired by Ypres late medieval cloth Hall Gilmour Hill in turn inspired the design of the clock tower complex of buildings for the new University of Otago in New Zealand in 1879 Gilbert Scott’s son Aldred completed this original vision by building an open undercroft forming two quadrangles above which as his grand Butte home used for examinations and graduation ceremonies named after its donor John Crichton Stuart 3rd Marquess of Bute Aldred also later added aspire to the building’s signature gothic bell tower in 1887 bringing it to a total height of some 85 metres 279 feet the local bishop Briggs blond sandstone cladding and gothic design of the building’s exterior Bhilai the modernity of its Victorian construction Scott’s building is structured upon what was then a cutting edge riveted iron frame construction supporting a lightweight wooden beam roof the building also forms the second largest example of Gothic Revival architecture in Britain after the Palace of Westminster an illustration of the main building currently features on the reverse side of the current series of 100 pounds notes issued by the Clydesdale Bank the university’s Hunterian Museum resides in the main building and the related Hunterian gallery is housed in buildings adjacent to the University Library the latter includes the Mackintosh house a rebuilt terraced house designed by and furnished after architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh even these enlarged premises could not contain the expanding University which quickly spread across much of Gilmour Hill the 1930s saw the construction of the award-winning round reading room it is now a category a listed building and an aggressive program of house purchase in which the university fearing the surrounding district of Hill head was running out of suitable building land acquired several terraces of Victorian houses and joined them together internally the department’s of psychology computing science and most of the arts faculty continue to be housed in these terraces more buildings were built to the west of the main building developing the land between University Avenue and the river Kelvin with natural science buildings and the Faculty of Medicine the Medical School spread into neighboring part tikkun joined with the Western infirmary at the eastern flank of the main building the James Watt engineering building was completed in 1959 the growth and prosperity of the city which had originally forced the university’s relocation to Hill head again proved problematic when more real estate was required the school of veterinary medicine which was founded in 1862 moved to a new campus in the leafy surrounds of gar Scoob estate around two miles three kilometers west of the main campus in 1954 the university later moved its sports ground and associated facilities to gar Scoob and also built student halls of residence in both gar Scoob and Mary Hill the growth of tertiary education as a result of the robbins report in the 1960s led the university to build numerous modern buildings across Hill head including several brutalist concrete blocks the mathematics building the Boyd or building in the Adam Smith building passing the Faculty of law business and social sciences named after university graduate Adam Smith other additions around this time including the new glass lined Glasgow University Library rank and building for civil engineering named for William John McCone Rankine and the amber brick Gregory building housing the geology department were more in keeping with Gilmore Hills leafy suburban architecture the erection of these buildings in the late 1960s however involved the demolition of a large number of houses in Ashton Road and rerouting the West End of University Avenue to its current position to cater for the expanding student population a new refectory known as the hub was opened adjacent to the library in 1966 the glasgow university union also had an extension completed in 1965 in the new queen margaret union building opened in 1969 in October 2001 the century-old Bower building previously home to the university’s botany department was gutted by fire the interior and roof of the building were largely destroyed though the main facade remained intact after a ten point eight million pounds refit the building reopened in November 2004 the Wolfson Medical School building with its award-winning glass fronted atrium opened in 2002 and in 2003 the st.
Andrews building was opened housing the what is now the School of Education it is sited a short walk from Gilmore Hill in The Woodlands area of the city on the site of the former Queens College which had in turn been bought by Glasgow Caledonian University from whom the university acquired the site it replaced the st. Andrews campus in Bearsden the university also procured the former he’ll head Congregational Church converting it into a lecture theatre in 2005 the sir Elwin williams building designed by ryuk and hall was completed at Lillie Bank Terrace in 2007 housing the School of Computing science in September 2016 in partnership with glass city council glasgow life in the national library of scotland the transformed Kelvin Hall has been brought into new public use including in face when the Hunterian collections and study centre the university is investing 1 billion pounds to expand its campus now that it has acquired what was formerly known as the Western infirmary topic Chappell the University Chapel was constructed as a memorial to the 755 sons of the University who had lost their lives in the First World War designed by Sir John Burnett it was completed in 1929 and dedicated on the 4th of October tablets on the wall behind the communion table lists the names of those who died while other tablets besides the stalls record the four hundred five members of the university community who gave their lives in the Second World War most of the windows are the work of Douglas strong although some have been added over the years including those on the south wall created by Allen younger daily services are held in the chapel during term time as well as seasonal events before Christmas there is a service of nine Lessons and Carols on the last Sunday of term and a watch night service on Christmas Eve graduates students members of staff and the children of members of staff are entitled to be married in the chapel which is also used for baptisms and funerals civil marriages and civil partnerships may be blessed in the chapel although under UK law may not be performed there the current chaplain of the University as the Reverend Stewart Meharry and the university appoints honorary chaplains of other denominations topic library and archives the University Library situated on he’ll head street opposite the main building is one of the oldest and largest libraries in Europe situated over 12 floors it hosts more than 3 million books and journals as well as providing access to an extensive range of electronic resources including over 50 1,900 electronic journals it also houses sections for periodicals micro films special collections and rare materials open between 7 a.m.
And 2 a.m. 361 days of the year the library provides a resource not only for the academic community in Glasgow but also for scholars worldwide there are study spaces for more than 2,500 students with over 800 computers and Wi-Fi access is available throughout the building in addition to the main library subject libraries also exist for medicine chemistry dental medicine veterinary medicine education law and the Faculty of Social Sciences which are held in branch libraries around the campus in 2007 a state-of-the-art section to house the library’s collection of historic photographs was opened funded by the Wolfson Foundation the archives of the University of Glasgow are the central place of deposit for the records of the University created and accumulated since its foundation in 1451 topic Crichton campus Dumfries the University opened a campus in the town of Dumfries in Dumfries and Galloway during the 1980s the Crichton campus designed to meet the needs for tertiary education in an area far from major concentrations of population is operated jointly by the University of Glasgow the University of the West of Scotland and the Open University it offers a modular undergraduate curriculum leading to one of a small number of Liberal Arts degrees as well as providing the region’s only access to postgraduate study topic non-teaching facilities as well as these teaching campuses the university has halls of residence in and around the northwest of the city accommodating a total of approximately 3,500 students these include the Murano Street halls in Mary Hill Wolfson halls on the GAR Scoob estate Queen Margaret halls in Kelvin sight Karen cross house in Kelvin hog gate in your coal in recent years Dalrymple house and horse leaf Hill halls in downhill wreath halls in North Calvin side and the McClay halls in Park Circus near Kelvin Grove Park have closed and been sold as the development value of such property increased the Stephenson building on Gilmour Hill opened in 1961 and provides students with the use of a fitness suite squash courts sauna and six lane 25 meter swimming pool the university also has a large Sports Complex on the gar Scoob estate beside their Wolfson halls in vet school this is a new facility replacing the previous Westerlund sports ground in the antes Lind area of the city which was sold for housing the university also has use of half of the East boathouse situated at Glasgow green on the River Clyde where Glasgow University Boat Club train topic governance and administration in common with the other ancient universities of Scotland the University’s Constitution is laid out in the Universities Scotland acts these acts create a tripartite structure of bodies the University Court governing body the Academic Senate academic affairs and the general council advisory there is also a clear separation between governance and executive administration the university’s Constitution academic regulations and appointments are authoritative lis described in the university calendar while other aspects of its story and constitution are detailed in a separate history document topic officers there are several officers of the university the role of each involves management of the operations of Glasgow topic Chancellor the Chancellor is the titular head of the university and president of the general council he Awards all degrees although this Duty is generally carried out by the vice-chancellor appointed by him the current Chancellor is Professor Sir Kenneth Kalman and the current vice-chancellor as the principal professor Anton Muscat le topic rector all students at the University are eligible to vote in the election of the rector officially styled Lord rector who holds office for a three-year term and chairs the University Court in the past this position has been a largely honorary in ceremonial one and has been held by political figures including William Gladstone Benjamin Disraeli boner law Robert Peel Raymond poincaré a Arthur Balfour Charles Kennedy and 1970s union activist Jimmy Reed and latterly by celebrities such as TV presenters Arthur Montford and Johnny Ball musician Pat Kane and actors Richard Wilson Ross Kemp and Greg Hempel in 2004 for the first time in its history the university was left without a rector as no nominations were received when the elections were run in December Mordechai Vanunu was chosen for the post even though he was unable to attend due to restrictions placed upon him by the Israeli government in 2014 Edward Snowden an American computer specialist a former Central Intelligence Agency CIA employee and former National Security Agency NSA contractor who came to international attention when he disclosed a large number of classified NSA documents to several media outlets was elected the current rector elected on the 21st of March 2017 is a Amer Anwar a Scottish lawyer and former student of the University topic principal day-to-day management of the university is undertaken by the university principal who is also vice-chancellor the current principal as professor Sir Anton Moscatelli who replaced Sir Muir Russell in October 2009 there are also several vice principals each with a specific remit they along with the clerk of Senate play a major role in the day-to-day management of the University topic university court the governing body of the university is the University Court which is responsible for contractual matters employing staff and all other matters relating to finance and administration the court takes decisions about the deployment of resources as well as formulating strategic plans for the university the court is chaired by the rector who is elected by all the matriculated students at the university the university secretary is the head of university services and assists the principal in the day-to-day management of the university the current university secretary is dr.
David Duncan topic academic senate you the academic senate or university senate is the body which is responsible for the management of academic affairs and which recommends the confirmative degrees by the chancellor membership of the senate comprises all professors of the University as well as elected academic members representatives of the students representative council the Secretary of Court and directors of university services eg library the president of the Senate as the principal the clerk of Senate who has status equivalent to that of a vice principal and as a member of the senior management group has responsibility for regulation of the university’s academic policy such as dealing with plagiarism and the conduct of examinations notable clerks of Senate have included the chemist Professor Joseph black professor John Anderson father of the University of Strathclyde and the economist professor John Miller topic committees there are also a number of committees of both the court and Senate that make important decisions and investigate matters referred to them as well as these bodies there is a general council made up of the university graduates that is involved in the running of the university the graduates also elect the chancellor of the university a largely honorific post the current chancellor is Professor Sir Kenneth Kalman former chief medical officer and former vice-chancellor of the University of Durham topic colleges there are currently four colleges within the University of Glasgow each containing a number of schools they are at the universities foundation in 1451 there were four original faculties arts divinity law and medicine the Faculty of divinity became a constituent school of the Faculty of Arts in 2002 while the Faculty of law was changed in 1984 into the Faculty of Law and financial studies and in 2005 became the Faculty of law business and Social Sciences although one of the original faculties established teaching in the Faculty of Medicine did not begin formally until 1714 with the revival of the chair in the practice of medicine the Faculty of science was formed in 1893 from chairs removed from the faculties of Arts and medicine and subsequently divided in 2000 to form the three faculties of biomedical and life sciences computing science mathematics and statistics now information and mathematical sciences and physical sciences the Faculty of Social Sciences was formed from chairs in the Faculty of Arts in 1977 and merged to form the Faculty of law business and Social Sciences in 2005 the two having operated as a single resource unit since 2002 the Faculty of engineering was formally established in 1923 although engineering had been taught at the University since 1840 when Queen Victoria founded the UK’s first chair of engineering through a Concordat ratified in 1913 Royal Technical College later Royal College of Science and Technology and now University of Strathclyde students received Glasgow degrees in Applied Sciences particularly engineering it was in 1769 when James Watts engineering that Glasgow led to a stable steam engine and subsequently the Industrial Revolution the Faculty of veterinary medicine was established in 1862 as the independent Glasgow Veterinary College being subsumed into the University in 1949 and gaining independent faculty status in 1969 the Faculty of Education was formed when the university merged with Saint Andrew’s College of Education in 1999 on the first of August 2010 the former faculties of the université were removed and replaced by a system of four larger colleges intended to encourage interdisciplinary research and make the university more competitive this structure was similar to that at other universities including the University of Edinburgh topic rankings and reputation the university’s teaching quality was assessed in 2009 to be among the top ten in the United Kingdom along with its reputation as a research powerhouse whose income from annual research contracts also placing among the top 10 the UK the University overall generates a total income of over 450 million pounds per year also amongst the top 10 in the UK the university is a member of the Russell group of research led British universities and was a founding member of the organisation Universitas 21 an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education the university currently has 15 regius professorship s’ nearly twice the number held by the next nearest Oxford in the Q s World University Rankings Glasgow climbed from 59th overall in 2011 to 54th in 2012 then to 51st in 2013 Glasgow places within the top 20 in the UK and third in Scotland for the employability of its graduates as ranked by recruiters from the UK’s major companies in the 2008 research assessment exercise Rae almost 70 percent of research carried out at the University was in the top two categories 88% in the top three categories 18 subject areas were rated top 10 in the UK whilst 14 subject areas were rated the best in Scotland the 2008 x ray table ranks according to an average score across all departments of which Glasgow posted an average of for the overall average placed Glasgow is the 33rd highest of all UK universities perhaps reflecting the broadness of the university’s activities in terms of research power however Glasgow placed 14th in the UK and second in Scotland topic admission and enrollment as of 2016-17 the university had 20,000 420 undergraduate in 8195 postgraduate students Glasgow has a large for the UK proportion of home students with almost 40% of the student body coming from the west of Scotland in the 2016-17 academic year the university had a domicile breakdown of 71 hours 11 minutes and 18 seconds of UK EU non EU students respectively with a female-to-male ratio of 59 to 41 for undergraduate entry course requirements range from a asterisk a a for second-year entry to BBB for minimum requirements for primary teaching in a-levels Glasgow had the 23rd highest average entry qualification for undergraduates of any UK University in 2015 with new students averaging 420 you cast points equivalent to a Binet level grades the university gives offers of admission to seventy four point three percent of its applicants the 11th lowest amongst the Russell Group Scottish and EU students with the exception of students from the Channel Islands England Northern Ireland and Wales do not pay tuition fees as the number of places available for Scottish and EU students are capped by the Scottish government students applying from the rest of the UK and outside of the European Union have a higher likelihood of an offer for most courses with the exceptions of medicine dentistry veterinary medicine and law the university guarantees unconditional offers to applicants who have achieved quadruple a or a AABB in one sitting at Scottish hires the other components of the applicants UK’s form such as predicted grades and the personal statement are only taken into account if the applicant has not achieved these grades topic climate change the University of Glasgow was the first University in Europe to divest from fossil fuel companies in October 2014 the 12-month campaign was led by the Glasgow University Climate Action Society and involved over 1,300 students topic notable alumni and staff many distinguished figures have taught worked and studied at the University of Glasgow including seven Nobel laureates and three prime ministers William lamb second by count Melbourne Sir Henry campbell-bannerman and boner law famous names include the physicist Lord Kelvin father of economics Adam Smith engineer James Watt inventors Henry faulds and John Logie Baird chemist William Ramsay Frederick Soddy and Joseph black biologist Sir John Boyd or philosophers Francis Hutcheson Thomas Reid and dugald’s Stuart mathematician Colin Maclaurin ethnologist James George Frazer missionary David Livingstone writers James Boswell John Buchan AJ Cronin Aimee Hoff Tobias Smollett and Edwin Morgan and surgeon Joseph Lister University of Aberdeen founder Bishop William Elphinstone also graduated from Glasgow in June 1933 Albert Einstein gave the first Gibson lecture on his general theory of relativity he subsequently received an honorary degree from the University also John McIntyre pioneer of radiology and Jocelyn Bell Burnell who discovered radio pulsars in more recent times the University was the focus of the Glasgow group of poets and literary critics including Philip Hobbs bum Tom Leonard and Alastair gray the university boasts one of Europe’s largest collections of life scientists as well as having been the training ground of numerous politicians including former Prime Minister’s Boehner law and Sir Henry campbell-bannerman former First Minister Donald Dewar former leader of the Liberal Democrats and former rector of the University Charles Kennedy defense secretaries Liam Fox and de Braun the founder of the UK Independence Party Alan Scott former Labour Party leader John Smith business secretary Vince Cable former leader of the Liberal Democrats sir Menzies Campbell and current First Minister Nicola Sturgeon other notable alumni include banker Fred Goodwin actor Gerard Butler Rangers and Scottish footballer Neal Murray actor writer television and radio broadcaster Colin Lamont aka Scottie McClure novelist Robin Jenkins television writers Armando Iannucci and Steven Moffat comedian Greg Hempel television presenter Neal Oliver journalists Andrew Neil and Raman watch and musicians Emeli sandé and Simon Neal the university is affiliated with Glasgow School of Art whose former students include actors Robbie Coltrane and Peter Capaldi and children’s author Michael Rosen topic world-changing Alumni Award the world-changing alumni award formerly with the young alumnus of the Year award the university is recognizing and celebrating the achievements of alumni who have graduated within the last 15 years and made a major contribution to the community arts sciences or business the award was established in 2001 as part of the university’s 550th celebrations and is given out once per year the trophy was donated by the old boys of Allen Glen school is presented to the winning candidate at one of the year’s graduation ceremonies or flagship events winners include 2017 Suzanne mich key MSC 2015 Patrick Renner MSC 2015-2016 Matt fountain ma Hans 2011 2015 Mary black MP MA 2015 2014 Martin patience MA 2000 to 2013 Carina Atkinson BSC 2007 2012 Katherine Granger MBE CBE M filled 2001-2011 Emeli sandé BSC 2009-2010 Patrick gunning BSC 2001 PhD 2005 2009 you anne-marie be VMs 2003 2008 mark Beaumont MA 2006 John Tiffany MA 1994 2007 Vanessa Munro LLB 1997 PhD 2001 2006 Richard Dixon be VMs 1993 PhD 2000 2005 Christopher brookmire MA 1989 2004 Colin McInnis BSC 1988 PhD 1991 2003 Emma Richards BSC 1996 2002 Mark Johnston be VMs 1983 Lorraine Clinton MA 1986 topic students unlike other universities in Scotland Glasgow does not have a single Students Association instead there exist a number of bodies concerned with the representation welfare and entertainment of its students due to the university’s retention of its separate male and female students unions which since 1980 have admitted both sexes as full members whilst keeping their own identities there are two independent students unions as well as a Sports Association and the students Representative Council none of these are affiliated to the National Union of Students membership has been rejected on a number of occasions most recently in November 2006 on both economic and political grounds a student-run no to NUS campaign won a campus-wide referendum with more than 90 percent of the vote in common with the other ancient universities of Scotland students at Glasgow also elect director topic students Representative Council the students Representative Council as the legal representative body for students as recognized by the universities Scotland act 1889 the SRC is responsible for representing students interests to the management of the university into local and national government and for health and welfare issues under the universities Scotland Act all students of the university automatically become members of the SRC however they are entitled to opt out of this members of the SRC sit on various committees throughout the University from departmental level to the Senate in court the SRC organizes media week rag raising and giving week in welfare week as well as funding some 130 clubs and societies topic the unions in addition to the students representative council students are commonly members of one of the universities to students unions the Glasgow University Union Guu and the Queen Margaret Union qmu these are largely social and cultural institutions providing their members with facilities for debating dining recreation socialising and drinking and both have a number of meeting rooms available for rental to members postgraduate students mature students and staff were previously able to join the Hetherington research club however large debts led to the club being closed in February 2010 however in February 2011 students gained access to the old HRC building situated at 13 University gardens Hetherington house and reopened it is the free Hetherington a social center for learning and lectures as well as protesting the shutting down of the club attempts to evict this occupation resulted in complaints of heavy-handed policing and much controversy on campus the separate unions exist due to the university’s previous male-only status the glasgow university union was founded before the admission of women to the university while the queen margaret union was originally the union of queen margaret college a women-only college which merged with the university in 1892 their continued separate existences due largely to their individual atmospheres while the GU used focus is mainly towards people involved in sports and debates as among its founders were the Athletic Association and dialectic society the qmu as one of Glasgow’s premier music venues and has played host to Nirvana Red Hot Chili Peppers Biffy Clyro and Franz Ferdinand however many students choose to frequent both unions Glasgow has led the UK’s university debating culture since 1953 in 1955 the guu won the observer mace now the John Smith memorial mace named after the deceased guu debater and former leader of the British Labour Party the guu has since won the mace debating championship 14 more times more than any other University the guu has also won the world universities debating championships five times more than any other university or club in the series history Topic Glasgow University Sports Association sporting affairs are regulated by the Glasgow University Sports Association gusa previously the Glasgow University athletics club which works closely with the Sport and Recreation Service there are a large number of varied clubs including squash Gaelic football basketball cycling football hockey netball martial arts and rowing who regularly compete in Bucs competitions students who join one of the sports clubs affiliated with the university must also join gusa however there are also regular classes and drop-in sessions for various sports which are non-competitive and available to all university gym members topic student clubs and societies the university has an eclectic body of clubs and societies including sports teams political and religious groups and gaming societies topic mature students Association the community of mature students that as those students age 21 or over are served by the mature Students Association located at 62 oak field Avenue the MSA aims are to provide all mature students with facilities for recreation and study throughout the year the MSA also organizes social events and peer support for the wide range of subjects studied by the university’s mature students topic media there is an active student media scene at the University part of but editorially independent from the SRC there is a newspaper the Glasgow University Guardian Glasgow University magazine Glasgow University student television and subsidy radio in recent years independent of the SRC the Queen Margaret Union has published a fortnightly magazine qmu now Kate and Glasgow University Union has produced the GU magazine formerly known as GU UI topic see also you University of Glasgow portal banknotes of Scotland Gilmore Hill featured on design list of medieval universities academic dress of the University of Glasgow Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery equals equals notes