To get a clue about what to expect during #UofGfw18 here is a bit more information about each of the student bodies on campus.
Known as the SRC, this student organisation is unique on campus; it exists to represent and protect your rights throughout your time at Glasgow University. As well as representing students on various 50 University committees, the SRC also offers confidential advice and information to students facing any kind of problem. There are many ways to get involved with the SRC; you can host a radio show with Subcity, volunteer in the local community, get involved as a council member or choose from more than 200 clubs and societies to name a few. It also operates the university’s Welcome Point and a second-hand bookshop to save you money.
During Freshers’ Week, the SRC’s flagship event is the two day Freshers’ Fair. The fair is packed full of clubs and societies and is your chance to see what you can get involved in. Local businesses are also there to talk to you so it’s a great event to attend – especially for the freebies and goody bags. The SRC also runs the late-night Freshers’ Week buses taking you home after a night out in one of the unions which is ideal for those of you moving into halls or residence. Look out for the SRC’s Freshers’ Helpers in blue t-shirts throughout the week to ask any more questions.
Commonly known as GUSA, this is the University’s student body for sport. Situated in 62 Oakfield Avenue opposite the Stevenson Building aka the Stevie where you will find a state-of-the-art gym, swimming pool, indoor cycling, squash courts, activity halls and much more. There are currently 53 sports clubs affiliated with GUSA offering everything from aikido to yoga and pretty much everything sporting in between. It’s also worth noting that gym membership is among the cheapest in the UK, there is free access for all students during Freshers’ Week and if you live in university halls of residence your membership is already paid for!
During Freshers’ Week, GUSA hold their Sports Fayre on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Activity Hall and Sports Hall in the Stevie. The sports clubs will have a stall giving you the chance to chat to their members, check out demonstrations and scribble your email address down to stay in touch. Almost all the clubs will then offer a taster session so you can try a new sport and possible meet some future teammates. These are either held in the Stevie or at our Garscube campus which GUSA will shuttle you to for free (so don’t worry about the bus fare!). Also let’s not forget the annual GUSA’s Freshers Week party – a massive night in the GUU featuring fancy dress and themed decorations. GUSA helpers will be wearing yellow t-shirts – they’ll let you know the schedule of taster sessions or answer any questions you have on sport at the University, as well as try to convince you to come along to the annual GUSA Freshers’ Week party.
Beginning life as the student union of the female-only Queen Margaret College, the Queen Margaret Union (aka the QMU) is the younger of the two student unions on campus despite having been around for over 125 years. The QMU has a storied history of activism and campaigning, but is perhaps best known for its rich live music heritage. Currently celebrating their fiftieth year at 22 University Gardens, the main stage and three bars of the QMU’s brutalist building have seen the likes of Nirvana, Coldplay, Franz Ferdinand, Rita Ora and Charli XCX to name but a few. This Freshers’ Week you can expect their line-up to feature even more big name artists, DJs and themed club-nights, as well as a diverse line-up of day-time events including a Committee Fair, pub quizzes, screenings and more. The red-shirted QMU helpers pride themselves on being super friendly and approachable; grab them for a chat to get the low-down on what’s happening at their union and why you should sign-up for QMU membership.
The other of the two social unions on campus, the GUU, was at one time the men’s union but is now known for its HIVE nightclub and world-renowned debating history; Charles Kennedy, Sir Menzies Campbell and Liam Fox all cut their teeth in the old building’s debates chamber. Fun fact – GUU has produced more World Debates champions than any other university. Freshers’ Week sees the GUU transformed into a hub of activity with the infamous Big All-Day Games Event (BADGE) and renowned names in music taking to their stage and nightclub. If arguing and rhetoric are your thing, the GUU hosts an annual Freshers’ Week debate, which has counted Lembit Opik, Hazel Blears and Andrew Neil amongst the guest speakers at the event in recent times. Donning green t-shirts, the GUU helpers will be hard to miss should you have any questions, or just want someone to play snooker against in the Union’s billiards room.
The SRC’s Gilchrist Postgraduate Club is a dedicated space for all postgraduate students at the University of Glasgow — a first of its kind in Scotland. The club provides ample social and study space for postgraduates and staff of the University, allowing both to engage with one another in a comfortable and relaxing environment.
The club also features a bookable seminar room, which can be hired out by postgraduates for academic and social events; from conferences and workshops or for practicing presentations or group meetings, as well as reading groups or film screenings — the list is endless. Not only that, but it is also free for postgraduates to book the seminar room out.
The Gilchrist also has large study booths that have integrated TV screens with AV connections, allowing students to link-up their laptops and watch presentations or videos through the large screen so everyone around the booth can see — perfect for group study sessions before or after a seminar.
The Gilchrist hosts numerous events throughout the year, with a great mix of PG relevant workshops and conferences, everything from “Presenting with Impact” to PGT “Dissertation Creation” classes. Not only are their numerous academic focused events held to help make your degree as diverse and as fascinating as possible, the club also hosts a variety of fun and interesting social events, including cultural events such as a Burns Supper and Chinese New Year, as well as quizzes and film nights. The club is also home for many postgraduate networks and groups, which are great to get involved with.
The club has its own unique cafe that serves the “best coffee on campus” with our Barista tea and coffee making facilities. There is also a wide selection of hot and cold foods, including paninis and nachos that are only available at The Gilchrist. We also have our very own Gilchrist bar with a wide selection of alcoholic beverages, including bottled beers, ciders, wines and spirits.