Fresh Voices: Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman

The protagonist of Sayaka Murata’s debut novel, , lives an objectively mundane life. Having worked at the local 24-hour store for over a decade, 36-year-old Keiko Furukura has never had a relationship, or even another boss, and lives in a tiny studio apartment near her place of work. If that sentence makes you feel a bit sad, don’t be - Keiko relishes in every part of her job, from laying out the hot breakfast snacks, to stacking the products neatly on the shelves in exactly the same way as the

University fails disabled student again

The University of Glasgow is accused of failing to provide reasonable adjustments to a visually impaired student during the Covid-19 pandemic. Gary Copland, who was born blind, was in his final year of studying Law when the Covid-19 pandemic hit. In consequence of the crisis, he had no access to his course materials, reading lists, study resources, or dissertation for 31 weeks of the academic year. He alleges, as a result of the University’s failure to provide him with functioning IT equipment,

Being Kind 101

Jasmine Urquhart examines how we can be kinder to each other in today’s society. The recent events of Caroline Flack’s passing have caused us all to reflect on Love Island, the media, and whether a celebrity in the spotlight deserves to have their private life reported on in such detail. But even though the discussion around these events has died down, the main takeaway from this tragedy is as important as ever – that we should be kinder to one another. A person doesn’t need to be living in the

Starbucks Byres Road removes homeless man from premises

Staff at the Starbucks on Byres Road recently removed a homeless man from their premises. The incident was witnessed by several customers. The incident, which occurred on the evening of Monday 23 April, involved a homeless man who was “causing no trouble” according to an eyewitness. One witness, Eleanor Wilson, a medical student at Glasgow University, said that she could overhear the staff saying “is he even going to buy anything” as the man was in the queue. This is the third recent controve

University bosses paid more than Prime Minister

The salaries of the highest-earning Vice Chancellors and teaching, administrative and research staff at UK universities have been analysed in a recent report. The report shows that 300 staff at all 24 Russell Group universities earn more than £200,000 per year, whilst the Prime Minister earns a comparatively modest salary of £150,000. The revelation comes after the University and Colleges Union (UCU) reported on the expenses claims of university bosses in February this year. The average salar