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

Library Etiquette 101

As a third year who has spent approximately 1,000 hours in the library over the course of my degree, I have enough anecdotes about this 12 floor building to write a small book. But there are a few specific, recurring annoyances that just won’t seem to go away, so I will only discuss these things in this article. If I attempt to write about everything that anyone ever does that annoys me, I will probably have an aneurysm, so I have split all the rules of library etiquette into three short section

From Hemelite to Socialite: Breaking the Mould in Hemel Hempstead

[Image Credits: Bank court by stevecadman (accessed through Creative Commons). Edits by Florence Bridgman] I am originally from a town 24 miles northwest of London, with a population of just over 80,000 people. It was developed as a ‘new town’ after WWII, hence the array of identical grey office blocks and 1950s council housing. It’s not an awful town to live in – there are a few working bus services, an A&E that was open until 2010 and it’s close enough to London to warrant a few day trips the

Home truths about British history

It’s time for our national curriculum to own up to our country’s past Winston Churchill has been under fire recently from MSP Ross Greer, who has called the man a “white supremacist mass murderer”. Whilst this seems like an extreme thing to say, and puts the politician in the same category as Hitler, Greer’s statement is true. He was technically a “white supremacist” – he believed that white people were deserving of world power, and were superior to other races. His opinion on the historical co

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

Artwork made from the Glasgow School of Art ashes raises £700,000

Several artworks that were made from the ashes of the 2014 fire that occurred at the Glasgow School of Art have raised over £700,000 at auction. 25 leading international artists donated work made from the burnt remains of the GSA library and west wing in an auction for the Mackintosh Campus Appeal, a project that was formed in 2016 to raise money for the building’s restoration. The auction, held at Christie’s Auction House in London, included pieces donated by nine prestigious Turner prize win