Glasgow University Guardian

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Glasgow Guardian
Glasgow University Guardian front page from March 2009
Glasgow University Guardian front page from March 2009
Type Student newspaper
Format Compact
Owner(s) Glasgow University Students' Representative Council
Founded 1932
Language English
Headquarters John MacIntyre Building, University of Glasgow
Circulation 4000

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 is compact-sized and has a circulation of four thousand copies per issue.[citation needed]


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.


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)[11]
  • Best News Writer: Chris Watt (2008), Rob Mackie (2006), James Morgan (2004)[11]
  • Best Photographer: James Porteous (2008; 2009)[citation needed]
  • Best Sports Writer: Harry Tattersall Smith (2010)
  • Features Writer: Graeme Allister (2006) Ruaridh Arrow (2004)[11]
  • Best Online Journalist: Shaun Murphy (2004)[11]

Amnesty International Media Awards[edit]

  • Amy Mackinnon (2012, student),[12] [13]


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


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