Glasgow University Guardian

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

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


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

Herald Scottish Student Press Awards

  • Newspaper of the Year: 2008, 2005
  • Best Newspaper design: 2005
  • 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)
  • 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

  • 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


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


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