University Of Glasgow Number Of Students

University Of Glasgow Number Of Students

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 campuswide referendum with more than 90% of the vote.

In common with the other ancient universities of Scotland, students at Glasgow also elect a Rector.

Students’ Representative Council

The Students’ Representative Council is the legal representative body for students, as recognised by the Universities (Scotland) Act 1889. The SRC is responsible for representing students’ interests to the management of the University and to local and national government, and for health and welfare issues. Under the Universities (Scotland) Acts, 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 and Court.

The SRC organises Media Week, RAG (Raising And Giving) Week and Welfare Week, as well as funding some 130 clubs and societies.

University Of Glasgow Number Of Students

The Unions

The Glasgow University Union’s building at No. 32 University Avenue

In addition to the Students’ Representative Council, students are commonly members of one of the University’s two 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 as the Free Hetherington, a social centre 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.

University Of Glasgow Number Of Students

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 existence is due largely to their individual atmospheres. While the GUU’s focus is mainly towards people involved in sports and debates (as among its founders were the Athletic Association and Dialectic Society), the QMU is 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.

University Of Glasgow Number Of Students

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 fourteen 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.

FACTS AND FIGURES

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. Today we are in the top 1% of the world’s universities.