Rothery Sullivan

I am a recent graduate from the University of Glasgow with a Masters of Arts in English Literature and Film/Television Studies. My interests include news reporting, culture writing and videography. After working for several years in student journalism, I am currently working as a multimedia journalist at WAGM TV in northern Maine.

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UCU members make their voices heard on the picket

The University and College Union went on strike on 24 November, 25 November and 30 November. The strike included staff from 150 universities across the UK, making it the “biggest ever” university strike in the UK.

The UCU strike was in response to the way the cost of living crisis has impacted university staff. This year, employers implemented a 3% pay rise, against a roughly 11% inflation rate. The strike was also in response to pension and benefit cuts; according to the UCU website, the “cuts

How does UofG improve the safety of its LGBTQ+ students?

In May 2021 The Glasgow Guardian urged the University to do more to eliminate gender-based violence through improving student safety on campus. Since then, a mandatory gender based violence course has been established on moodle, but there is more work to be done. With LGBTQ+ hate crimes soaring post-pandemic, and increasing hostility to LGBTQ+ people more broadly, we surveyed and conducted interviews with LGBTQ+ students to assess specific issues pertaining to their safety.

To be clear, immedia

Roger Hallam talks to the students of Extinction Rebellion Glasgow University

On Sunday 7 November, Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion and Insulate Britain, delivered a speech to the Extinction Rebellion Glasgow University (XRGU) group. The group was not able to book a room at Glasgow University for the talk due to COP26, so the meeting was held in a member’s flat, withe around 20 students in attendance and the presence of a police car outside.

Hallam began by berating COP26, saying: “We are all being systematically lied to.” He also suggested that experts

Maine becomes first state to legally protect sex trade survivors

AUGUSTA, Maine (WAGM) - On July 11, 2023 Maine became the first state to enact legislation protecting sex trade survivors from arrest and criminalization.

The legislation, called the “Equality Model”, will protect sex trade survivors while still holding their exploiters criminally responsible. Research has shown that many individuals in the sex trade are from marginalized communities and have experienced long-term physical and psychological trauma. This legislation seeks to protect victims from

Glasgow A&E wait times surge to all-time highs

At The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH), 65% of patients now have to wait over four hours to be seen.

Between 13-20 November, over 1100 people waited for over four hours to be treated at a Glasgow A&E; 10% of these people waited more than 12 hours. These wait times are at the highest they’ve been since A&E records began.

The issue of A&E wait times is not new. In October, two patients died in the A&E waiting room at QEUH, both from heart attacks. Although QEUH established a rule that

Food Insecurity

Oxford Languages describes the term ‘food insecurity’ as ‘the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.’ With the UK’s current financial crisis, this term describes many working-class households in Glasgow. Studies have shown that food insecurity has long-term effects on brain development and behaviour, specifically in late juvenile and early adolescent periods. It has even been shown that childhood food insecurity is linked to learning diffi

UCU members make their voices heard on the picket

The University and College Union went on strike on 24 November, 25 November and 30 November. The strike included staff from 150 universities across the UK, making it the “biggest ever” university strike in the UK.

The UCU strike was in response to the way the cost of living crisis has impacted university staff. This year, employers implemented a 3% pay rise, against a roughly 11% inflation rate. The strike was also in response to pension and benefit cuts; according to the UCU website, the “cuts

Number of UK students identifying as non-binary has doubled

New figures reveal that the number of UK students who define themselves as neither male nor female has more than doubled in the past two years.

Figures from Times Higher Education have disclosed that 5,505 students defined their sex as “other” rather than “male” or “female” in 2020-21. This number makes up 0.2 per cent of the student body, which is a 42% increase from the year before. A UCAS study also previously found that students were more open about their gender identity after attending uni

How does UofG improve the safety of its LGBTQ+ students?

In May 2021 The Glasgow Guardian urged the University to do more to eliminate gender-based violence through improving student safety on campus. Since then, a mandatory gender based violence course has been established on moodle, but there is more work to be done. With LGBTQ+ hate crimes soaring post-pandemic, and increasing hostility to LGBTQ+ people more broadly, we surveyed and conducted interviews with LGBTQ+ students to assess specific issues pertaining to their safety.

To be clear, immedia

The streetfoodification of Glasgow

Street food, originating in Asia, has started to spread to all corners of the world. This has allowed people to present a part of their culture to their community and profit from their diverse recipes. Street food has been around for years in Glasgow, in the form of food trucks like MacTassos, or venues like The Dockyard Social. But there has also been a steadfast increase in the number of street food markets and warehouses around the UK, representing a growth of 20% per year. In particular, the

Vice chancellors speak in favour of raising tuition fees

Vice Chancellors in England and Wales have argued that domestic tuition fees for UK students should be raised to approximately £24,000 per year, an amount which would bring fees in line with the amount paid by international students. Currently, annual tuition fees are capped at £9,250 for students in England and Wales, a policy which has been in place since 2017 after it was raised from the initial cap of £9000 set in 2012.

Inflation is listed as one of the main reasons for the desired increase

Why are there staff shortages in the law industry?

Graduate lawyers are being placed on starting salaries as high as £150,000 due to a staff shortage, a BBC article has revealed. For such a seemingly attractive career profession, and with a six figure starting salary to boot, this initially seemed nonsensical.

Nonetheless, I know of a number of people who have left high-salaried career paths at university over the last couple of years. While some of their departures were due to stress - the pandemic has only exacerbated the difficulty of high-w

Where would we be without cash?

Due to Covid-19 and the increase of contactless technology, we live in a time where pretty much all payments are cashless. Many businesses don’t even accept cash, and some are afraid to touch it due to the germs it’s known to hold. Whether you’re going out to eat or out shopping, you’ll find that many restaurants “prefer contactless payments”, while some shops have signs posted that read “card only”. When the spreading of a virus is at stake, it makes sense that people would want to take precaut

Review: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe @ Theatre Royal Glasgow

Direct from London, the acclaimed production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe depicts the classic story of four siblings on their journey to Narnia. The show, directed by Michael Fentiman, is currently playing at the Theatre Royal Glasgow, and I must say, it is not a show to miss.

A story about love, evil, family and war - all taking place in a fantasy world - is not an easy one to depict on stage, yet this production did so impeccably. From the performances to the set design, everything

Glasgow’s Pakistani Consulate host forum for Kashmir

February 5th marked Kashmir Solidarity Day, to bring attention to alleged human rights abuses in the Indian controlled region of Kashmir, with allegations of political repression, extrajudicial killings, and censorship in the contested region. The Consulate General, Zahid Raza, along with the Scottish Human Rights Forum jointly marked the event with academics, former residents, and Scottish Politicians speaking about the situation in Kashmir.

Speakers included noted politicians from across Scot

Toxic masculinity and homophobia: an analysis of the male sporting attitude

Josh Cavallo, a 21-year-old Australian football player, recently came out as gay on Twitter, making him the world’s only openly gay top-tier male footballer. In the video he uploaded, he stated: “Growing up I always felt the need to hide myself because I was ashamed. Ashamed I'd never be able to do what I love and be gay.” While his announcement has largely been greeted with support from fellow players and fans, Cavallo still noted that he would be scared to play at the FIFA 22 World Cup in Qata

Albums of the Year 2021: An Evening with Silk Sonic by Silk Sonic

The hype machine leading towards Silk Sonic’s much anticipated debut LP promised a fittingly silk-smooth collection of 70s revivalist tracks that radiated joyous soulful energy. The dream-team pairing of Mars and Paak did not disappoint. Luscious instrumentation combined with the explosive chemistry brought by the pairing meant that “An Evening with Silk Sonic” became a water-tight album of end-to-end bangers that, once heard, will never leave your head again.

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Three Clouds

My fingers sting so I shove them into my pockets, digging my fingernails into my palm in search of heat. I can see my flat from here. The lights are on, so I walk slowly.

My numb fingers begin sliding down my palm, and when I look at my right hand I see that it’s bleeding. Not having a tissue, I shove my hand back into its pocket. The blood will dry eventually. The metal of the bridge and the breeze on the water send a chill through my body. The grey sky is reflected in the water, punctuated by

The UK government is unwilling to fight the war on women

I knew in an instant that I picked the wrong route home. I saw them stumbling in the street in front of me, completely shattered with a bottle still in hand, tripping on and off the curb and slamming each other into the brick buildings that guarded the streets. Men who are drunk and rowdy aren’t safe to walk past, and the street I was on had few passing cars. I picked the wrong route home.

This thought process has passed through my head quite a few times in my lifetime, usually on my way home f

Highlights from the COP26 ‘People’s Summit’

Boycott! The UK arms trade and the neoliberal economy of war.

Reasonably well attended and inside the splendour of the Glasgow Film Theatre, this panel focused on the devastating consequences of the arms trade for places like Palestine. Huda Ammori, co-founder of Palestine Action, spoke of her investigation into the University of Manchester and their investment in a company called Caterpillar, which manufactured the bulldozers that were then used to destroy Palestinian homes. Though not discuss

Scientist Rebellion deface Scottish Power building

On Thursday 11 November Scientist Rebellion (SR) hosted two protests against the climate crisis. One took place on the South Portland St. suspension bridge and the other at Scottish Power on St. Vincent Street.

The first action took place at 1.30pm when co-founder of SR, Tim Hewllet, floated down the River Clyde in a dinghy. A sign that read, “Tell the truth or we will lose everything” was attached to his paddles. Another co-founder of SR, Mike Lynch-White, informed The Glasgow Guardian that He

Roger Hallam talks to the students of Extinction Rebellion Glasgow University

On Sunday 7 November, Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion and Insulate Britain, delivered a speech to the Extinction Rebellion Glasgow University (XRGU) group. The group was not able to book a room at Glasgow University for the talk due to COP26, so the meeting was held in a member’s flat, withe around 20 students in attendance and the presence of a police car outside.

Hallam began by berating COP26, saying: “We are all being systematically lied to.” He also suggested that experts

Extinction Rebellion form die-in in George Square

On Monday 8 November, Extinction Rebellion (XR) met in front of the Gallery of Modern Art at 11.30am to form a die-in protest in front of Mercer in George Square. The event was planned as non-arrestable action, with an XR member stating that they would like as many bodies as possible. The members marched from the Gallery of Modern Art to George Square in anticipation of police obstruction.

The police arrived shortly after the group left the Gallery of Modern Art and stood along the curb observi

When are we going to start taking antisemitism seriously?

At the beginning of this week Laura Kuenssberg, the political editor of BBC News, tweeted “Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby’s here at COP too - tells me leaders will be ‘cursed’ if they don’t reach agreement in next fortnight, and suggests failure to act would be possibly more grave than leaders who ignored warnings about the Nazis in the 30s.” Within hours, Welby replied to this tweet with the following message: “I unequivocally apologise for the words I used when trying to emphasise the

Thousands take to the streets for Fridays for Future Glasgow

On Friday, 5 November, over 30,000 activists of all ages took to the streets of Glasgow to protest the climate crisis. The march started at 11:00am in Kelvingrove Park and ended in George Square. The day was part of the Fridays for Future protests that were started by Greta Thunberg in 2018, who rallied and spoke at the end of the event.

The protest highlighted diverse voices, including indigenous climate activists from the Global South. Almost all of the speeches in George Square were given by
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