University Of Glasgow Queen Margaret Union

University Of Glasgow Queen Margaret Union

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The Queen Margaret Union was founded in 1890 by women, for women. The Union started in the basement of what was the Queen Margaret College as a social club for the women who studied there. For a number of years the membership’s main activities included drinking tea and eating strawberries while discussing their education.

Following the equality revolution heralded by The Great War’s reliance on women at home, the Queen Margaret College was merged with the University of Glasgow. Female students began to mix with their male counterparts and the Union’s range of activities expanded – dances became popular and the Union’s reputation began to grow across campus. After several changes in venue, the Union moved to the John MacIntyre Building, the former home of Glasgow University Union, then known as the Men’s Union. Debating became an increasingly prominent activity and many Union members were highly regarded by the University debating circuit.

University Of Glasgow Queen Margaret Union

As the Second World War began and the majority of male scholars went to fight, women became the dominant force on campus. In the true spirit of the Queen Margaret Union they kept the Union running throughout. Dances and debates were more important than ever before – offering a chance to discuss key issues and providing a relief from the stresses of the tense wartime atmosphere. The 1950s brought about another change on campus due to the huge numbers of men returning to finish their studies – an increase in diversity on campus gave the Union a more prominent role and strengthened the relationship between the Union and its members

University Of Glasgow Queen Margaret Union

The Queen Margaret Union – Who are we

We are – in short – one of the two students unions which represent students of the University of Glasgow. We are located in the West End of Glasgow (22 University Gardents to be precise!), and not only host a wide variety of events every week from pub quizzes to massive gigs, but have a wonderful coffee shop, bistro and canteen, and two bars independent of our main venue. We are your glasgow-based student hub. We are the QMUnion.