Retired Staff Association

The Retired Staff Association (RSA), launched in 2008 and exists for the benefit of all retired Glasgow University Staff. It aims to provide entertaining talks, visits and other activities, as suggested by members. Due to the generosity of the Ferguson Bequest, there is no membership fee. Our activities are increasingly organised in collaboration with the Glasgow University Ladies Club.

The continued success of the RSA depends on the active involvement of members. Please get in touch and let us know what activities you think should be sponsored by the Association, if you have any comments or suggestions and particularly if you would be willing to be involved with the organisation of the Association.

Do you have friends and neighbours who are retired staff of the University, or their spouses? Please let us know and we can add the names to our list.

Join Us

When you leave the University, you can complete the Retired Staff Association Membership Form and return it to Development & Alumni Office, 2 The Square, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ or email:

Once the Development and Alumni Office have received your completed form, you will be put in touch directly with John Coggings, Retired Staff Association Convener. A record will also be created for you on the Development and Alumni Office database. 

Benefits of joining the association include:

  • Members receive Avenue, the University of Glasgow magazine for alumni and friends, and invitations to University events such as Commemoration Day and the annual Christmas Dinner in the Bute Hall.
  • Members are entitled to a 10% discount on purchases in the University Shop.

Contact Us

Retired Staff Association Convener: Professor John Coggins OBE FRSE FSB

For more information about the RSA, contact John Coggins at and 0141 942 5082.


If you would like to know more about alumni activities at the University of Glasgow, please contact the Development and Alumni Office at and 0141 330 3631.

Coffee Mornings and Events 2019-2020

Wednesday 19 February 2020, 10.00am: Coffee Morning in the Ferguson Room, One A The Square

To be presented by Scott Armstrong, Waste Policy and Compliance Manager, Glasgow City Council.

‘Recycling Within a City’

This talk will provide a brief on the current waste management services within Glasgow, the challenges faced and the future changes which will impact on how, where and what waste is collected for treatment and disposal/recycling in the future.  


Wednesday 18 March 2020, 10.00am: Coffee Morning in the Ferguson Room, One A The Square - ** Postponed until the Autumn, date will be confirmed later **

To be presented by Professor David Murray-Smith, Emeritus Professor of Engineering Systems and Control, University of Glasgow 

‘Powering future transport in Scotland’

 The talk will draw together information about costs and benefits of different transport options, as well as providing an outline of some interesting and relevant developments taking place in the UK and in other parts of the world. The emphasis is mainly on rail and road, but the presentation also touches on some issues concerning ferry and air transport within Scotland.


Tuesday 21 April 2020, 10.00am: Coffee Morning in the Ferguson Room, One A The Square - ** Postponed until the Autumn, date will be confirmed later **

To be presented by Professor Jim Dickson FRSE, Emeritus Professor of of Archaeobotany and Plant Systematics, University of Glasgow

‘Me and the Media: Tristan da Cunha, Papua New Guinea, Glasgow’s Flora and the Tyrolean Iceman’

 This talk will reflect on my career in Botany.


Information about our Spring and Summer Visits will be posted later.


Wednesday 17 June 2020, 09:45am - 15:00pm: Commemoration Day 2020, University Cathedral/ Bute Hall

The foundation of the University of Glasgow in 1451 is celebrated each year on Commemoration Day.

The celebration comprises:

  1. A Service for the Commemoration of Benefactors in the University Chapel at 9.45am

  2. A University Meeting at 11.00am in the Bute Hall when Honorary Degrees will  be conferred upon a number of eminent persons. Thereafter there is a drinks reception in the Quadrangles.

  3. Commemoration Day Lunch in the Hunter Halls at 1.00pm

For further information about the History of Commemoration day please go to

Further information on Commemoration Day will be available from the Ceremonial Events webpage in due course. 


Details of further coffee mornings and events will be posted as soon as they are available.


A number of University Clubs are open to retired staff:

  • Staff Angling Club
  • Staff Bowls Club
  • Chess Club
  • Staff Cricket Club
  • Golf Club
  • Ladies Club
  • Staff Tennis Club

As well as RSA events, there are other activities and events organised by the following:

  • Dept of Adult and Continuing Education
  • Catholic Chaplaincy
  • Interfaith Chaplaincy
  • Acting as a simulated patient to train future doctors. Contact Alna Robb ( or 0141 330 8046)
  • Music in the University
  • Dept of Theatre, Film and Television Studies
  • The Sport and Recreation Service offer favourable rates. Contact Grant Reilly ( or 0141 330 2017)
  • See also the University Events List - includes public lectures