Glasgow University Guardian

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The Glasgow Guardian
Glasgow University Guardian front page from March 2009
Glasgow University Guardian front page from March 2009
TypeStudent newspaper
Owner(s)Glasgow University Students' Representative Council
HeadquartersMacIntyre Building, University of Glasgow

The Glasgow Guardian is the student newspaper of the University of Glasgow.

Founded in 1932 as The Gilmorehill Globe,[1] the newspaper has undergone four name changes in its existence. First changed to The Gilmorehill Guardian, then to the Glasgow University Guardian in 1959 under editor Neil MacCormick[citation needed] and most recently changed to Glasgow Guardian in 2011. The publication is produced by students of the university on a voluntary basis and funded by the Glasgow University Students' Representative Council and revenue from advertising.


The paper has reported on sex tourism in Vietnam,[2] racist door policies of Glasgow nightclubs[3] and conducted the first ever independent staff satisfaction survey which revealed doubts about the University management strategy. In 2004 Guardian revealed a CIA officer was working as a lecturer in the Politics department[4] and a year later that Glasgow University Union had been spending part of its grant on a pornography channel subscription,[5] money which had been intended for front line student services. In the same year, it ran an undercover investigation into sub-standard and dangerous student housing, which was described by the editor of The Herald as "campaigning journalism at its best".[6] In 2006, it also reported that university management were rewarding big donors with honorary degrees.[7] The paper has also featured an exclusive interview with former Prime Minister Tony Blair. More recently, the Guardian covered debategate,[8] which hit national media headlines after two female students from Edinburgh and Cambridge were reportedly heckled in a sexist manner by members of the Glasgow University Union. In 2015, it reported that the University's charity fashion show had spent three times as much on an events management company as it donated to charity.[9]


Guardian Student Media Awards[edit]

Herald Scottish Student Press Awards[edit]

  • Newspaper of the Year: 2008, 2005[citation needed]
  • Best Newspaper design: 2005[citation needed]
  • Student Journalist of the Year: Harry Tattersall Smith (2010) Chris Watt (2008), David Crow (2005) Ruaridh Arrow (2004)[13]
  • Best News Writer: Chris Watt (2008), Rob Mackie (2006), James Morgan (2004)[13]
  • Best Photographer: James Porteous (2008; 2009)[citation needed]
  • Best Sports Writer: Harry Tattersall Smith (2010)
  • Features Writer: Graeme Allister (2006) Ruaridh Arrow (2004)[13]
  • Best Online Journalist: Shaun Murphy (2004)[13]

Student Publication Association National Awards[edit]

  • Best News Story: 'Glasgow University Charity Fashion Show spent three times as much as it donated to charity' Nathan Stilwell (2016)[14]

Amnesty International Media Awards[edit]


Guardian alumni who have gone on to careers in the media and politics include;


  1. ^ The Gilmorehill Globe, 10 October 1932
  2. ^ Glasgow University Guardian, 29 January 2003
  3. ^ Glasgow University Guardian 19 February 1997
  4. ^ Glasgow University Guardian 21 May 2004
  5. ^ Glasgow University Guardian, 1 November 2004
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 May 2008. Retrieved 19 April 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Glasgow University Guardian 5 June 2006
  8. ^ [1]
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  10. ^ a b Harris, Rob (15 November 2004). "2004 Guardian Student Media Awards". The Guardian.
  11. ^ Guardian Student Media Awards 2008: full list of winners
  12. ^ "Student Media Awards 2007". The Guardian. 15 October 2007. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  13. ^ a b c d "Talented Students Get Their Rewards". HoldtheFrontPage. 26 May 2004. Archived from the original on 8 August 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2009.
  14. ^
  15. ^ Amnesty International Media Awards 2012 Archived 12 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ The curious case of John Oguchuckwu
  17. ^ a b c d e "Glasgow University launches student newspaper archive". BBC News. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2017.

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