Welcome!

We welcome all the new Block A students to the EFL Unit today! We are looking forward to getting to know you all during your time here as we travel around Scotland on social programme trips. This Saturday we have a Glasgow bus tour. This tour costs £5 and you will see the most famous sights of Scotland’s buzzing city of Glasgow.

We also can’t wait to introduce all of our new students to the current students, as well as the staff, of the EFL Unit. We have organised a Welcome Party so that you have the opportunity to meet everyone. It will be held on Thursday at 1pm in The Glasgow University Union Dining Hall. There will be a buffet, serving food and drinks, and you will be able to find out more about the social programme and where we will be going in the coming weeks. If you would like to bring your own lunch to eat, that is not a problem. You could even bring a sample of a food dish from your own country to share (this is not a must, only if you would like to). You will also be able to sign up for the Glasgow tour on Saturday.

So, a warm welcome to the EFL Unit from everyone in the Student Support Team. We hope to see you on Thursday at the Welcome Party!

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Welcome to the EFL Unit!

We welcome all the new Block C students to the EFL Unit today! We are looking forward to getting to know you all over the next five weeks as we travel around Scotland on social programme trips. This Saturday we will go to Edinburgh. This trip costs £8, which includes return coach travel and a walking tour that takes in the most famous sights of Scotland’s capital city, including Edinburgh Castle, the Scott Monument and Princes Street Gardens.

We also can’t wait to introduce all of our new students to the current students, as well as the staff, of the EFL Unit. We have organised a Welcome Reception so that you have the opportunity to meet everyone you will be working with over the next five weeks. It will be held on Wednesday at 5pm in The Queen Margaret Union. There will be a buffet, serving food and drinks, and you will be able to find out more about the social programme and where we will be going in the coming weeks. You will also be able to sign up for the trip to Edinburgh on Saturday.
So, a warm welcome to the EFL Unit from everyone in the Student Welfare Team. We hope to see you on Wednesday at the Welcome Reception!
The Student Welfare Team.

新年快乐!Happy New Year!

新年快乐!Happy New Year!

Chinese New Year celebrations

The Confucius Institute and Students’ Representative Council at the University of Glasgow cordially invite you to attend their 2013 Chinese New Year Celebrations!

Celebrations on Friday 8th February will be an exciting evening with Chinese dragon dance, Scottish bag pipe, art, entertainment, prize draws plus dumplings and dim sum. A fun night out for family and friends!

5.45pm Dragon dance inside of the Main Gate (if dry), or Cloisters (if wet)

6.05pm Opening of the evening

6.10pm Speeches by key guest speakers

6.25pm Performance by pupils from St Ninian’s High School

6.40pm Prize draw

6.45pm Performance by Hillhead High School Ceilidh Band

7.05pm Prize draw

7.10pm Reception with dumplings and dim sum plus cultural activities until 9pm

Please gather inside of the Main Gate (if dry) or the Cloisters (if wet) at 5.45pm for the dragon dance, after which our bag piper pipes you to One A The Square, where other celebrations will take place.

Places are available now. Everyone is welcome! Please book your tickets and bring the confirmation letter with you on the day. Register now!

Come join us for a fun night with surprises! See you there!

Also…

Thursday 7 February, 1.10 – 2 pm, University Concert Hall

A Concert for Chinese New Year with the HARMONY ENSEMBLE
in collaboration with the Confucius Institute
Fong Liu (singer); Hooi Ling Eng (zheng / Chinese percussion); Eddie McGuire (bamboo flute (dizi) and bawu); Shona Brown (dizi / hulosi); Xian Shan (accordion).

Funded by the Ferguson Bequest – admission free without ticket (subject to seating capacity)

蛇年大吉!Have a great year of snake!

Happy Birthday to the University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow was founded by Pope Nicholas V on 7 January 1451 when he issued a document called a Papal Bull. The University has been without its original Bull, issued by Pope Nicholas V in 1451, since the mid-sixteenth century. In 1560, during the political unrest accompanying the Scottish Reformation, the then chancellor, Archbishop James Beaton, a supporter of the Marian cause, fled to France taking with him for safe-keeping many of the archives and valuables of the Cathedral and the University, including the Mace and the Bull. Although the Mace was sent back in 1590 the archives were not. Principal Dr James Fall told the Parliamentary Commissioners of Visitation on 28 August 1690, that he had seen the Bull at the Scots College in Paris, together with the many charters granted to the University by the Kings and Queens of Scotland from James II to Queen Mary. The University enquired of these documents in 1738 but was informed by Thomas Innes and the superiors of the Scots College, that the original records of the foundation of the University were not now to be found. If they had not been lost by this time they certainly went astray during the French Revolution when the Scots College was itself under threat and its records and valuables were moved for safe-keeping out of the city of Paris. Nevertheless, the Bull remains the authority by which the University awards degrees.

Student Representative Council

The Student Representative Council (SRC) is an organisation at the University which offers a range of services for students. The SRC is governed by a group of elected members voted for by students at the start of each year. The SRC are based in the John McIntyre Building, which is situated at the Main Gate on University Avenue.

Here’s what is on offer at the Student Representative Council:

Services

One of the most important services the SRC offers is the Advice Centre. This is similar to the Welfare Service run by the Student Welfare Team during the summer pre-sessional course. Students can get free advice on a wide range of issues including council tax, financial support and health and housing issues. The advice centre is available year round. If their staff cannot resolve your issue, they will be able to tell you where you can get the help you need.

Other services run by the SRC include a second-hand bookshop, where you can buy textbooks related to your postgraduate course for less than the price of a new copy, as well as sell textbooks you no longer need.

There is also a service called Flatshare, which can help you find accommodation. Whether you are looking for just a room or a whole flat, Flatshare can help you.

The SRC also run conversational English programme, called Language Café. The SRC Language Café runs on Wednesday afternoons and is very similar to the Chat Club service run by the Student Welfare Team during the summer pre-sessional course. Students can practise speaking English with native speakers who are also students from the University. Each Language Cafe has a different theme such as arts and crafts, Burns Night and Chinese New Year.

Clubs

The Student Representative Council operates a large number of student-run clubs and societies where students with similar interests can come together. This is a great way to make new friends while studying here at Glasgow. Over 100 student-run clubs register with the SRC every year, including the Glasgow Chinese Student and Scholars Association (GCSSA), Glasgow University Music Club, and the University of Glasgow Business Club. So whatever you’re passionate about, there’s a chance there is a club for it at the SRC. If not, you can create one yourself!

Events

Throughout the year, the SRC will help organise and run events related to student life. For example, the SRC is involved in International Orientation Week and Freshers’ Week, putting on live music, Freshers’ Fair, campus tours, introductions to student media and volunteering as well as events for international students, mature students and postgraduates. There will also be a health week during the year, which aims to raise awareness about issues of mental, physical and sexual health.

Volunteering

Volunteering is a key way tostand out amongst the crowd when applying for jobs, as well as being a way to help others and learning new skills along the way. The Student Volunteering Support Service covers a range of volunteering options such as the Confucius Classroom, which helps young students at Hillhead High School learn Mandarin, and who better to learn from than from native Chinese speakers themselves!

If you are interested in any of the services offered by the Student Representative Council, you can find out everything at their website, or by going in and having a look around.
http://www.glasgowstudent.net/

Iain Donnelly
Student Welfare Team

London

Up to now, these travel blogs have discussed many of Scotland’s most beautiful and popular visitor destinations. It is now time to have a look at places to visit in the rest of the UK. With the success of the Olympics, it seems like a good time to post some information on travelling to London.

London is far larger than any other city in the UK and is home to many of Britain’s national museums, monuments and cultural centres. For these reasons, London is a great place for an exciting city break.

Travelling to London:

It is possible to fly, take a train, or go by coach directly from Glasgow to London. The most expensive way to travel is often by train. However, with a Student Railcard, you can gain a 33% discount on all rail tickets (www.16-25railcard.co.uk/buy-16-25-railcard). For train prices and times check out the trainline website:

http://www.thetrainline.com/buytickets/

Flying from Glasgow to London takes just under 1.5 hours. With easyjet you can fly from Glasgow International Airport to London Luton, Gatwick or Stansted. For more details go to:

http://www.easyjet.com/EN

Alternatively, Mega Bus offer low-price coach tickets to London from Buchanan Bus Station in the city centre. They provide both an overnight sleeper service, and an ordinary coach service. The sleeper coach costs £35 for a one-way ticket, while you can buy a return ticket on the normal service for as little as £24.

uk.megabus.com/

Where to Stay:

If you are looking to save money on accommodation, London has hundreds of hostels offering places to stay for as little as £12 per night. Hostels usually have dorms that sleep several people, and often have private rooms similar to a hotel. Private rooms are more expensive than communal dorms but usually cheaper than staying in a hotel. Hostelworld.com provides price details, ratings and customer reviews for thousands of hostels all over the world and for over 200 in London alone. Visit http://www.hostelworld.com for more information.

Things to Do:

London is set up for visitors and tourists and, as such, it isn’t hard to locate the main tourist spots and find things to do. Walking around the centre of the city you will pass the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and countless other famous landmarks and destinations. Visit London (www.visitlondon.com) is a great website for visitors to the city, providing information on places to go, festivals and events running in the city, maps and guides and details on special offers available.

David Maitland
Student Welfare Team

Céilidh

A céilidh is a traditional Scottish social gathering, which involves a live band playing Scottish folk music while people dance. The traditional music performed at a céilidh is cheerful and lively, and the basic steps can be learned easily. Our céilidh will be no exception. We will have a traditional Scottish céilidh band playing live in the GUU dining room and you don’t have to prepare in advance as the dances will be demonstrated by David and Jo, with instruction being given by the céilidh band themselves. Nobody is expecting you to know or learn the moves perfectly. Even we don’t know them very well. The purpose of a céilidh is to have a good time – just get involved and it will be great night! It will be a chance to get dressed up and celebrate all your hard work over the summer. There will be a buffet so you won’t all go hungry, a magician to entertain those who are tired from dancing, a projector showing an extended video of all our adventures over the summer and, of course, the raffle where you can win lots of exciting prizes! Please remember to bring your ticket with you on the night as you will need it to gain entry and also to collect any prizes that you might win! We hope you can all make it, so please come to room 120 or to the Student Common Room at lunchtime to sign up. The cost is only £2!!!

Jonathan

Student Welfare Team