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

Tuesday 17 December, 1.00pm: Christmas Lunch at Ross Priory 

Cost £26 (menu here)

The coach will depart from Park Road Milngavie at 11am and from University Avenue (exact location will be confirmed later) at 11.30am.  On arrival at Ross Priory (ca. 12.15pm) we will gather in the bar for pre-lunch drinks.  Lunch will be at 1.00pm. The coach will leave Ross Priory at 3.30pm for the return journey arriving at the University at 4.15pm. The cost of the coach will be paid by the Ferguson Bequest.  Food and drinks to be paid by the participants.

To book a place (maximum 30) please contact Josie Beeley (, 07860149079) and send £10 per head deposit to Josie (cheques made payable to Josie Beeley) as soon as possible at 42 Montrose Drive, Bearsden, G61 3LG.

Thursday 7 November 2019, 10.00am: Coffee Morning, in Ferguson Room, One A The Square

Coffee morning in the Ferguson Room One A The Square To be presented by Professor John Briggs, formerly Clerk of Senate and Head of the Department of Geographic and Earth Science University of Glasgow, “21st Century Challenges for Africa”.

Wednesday 4 December 2019, 10.00am: Coffee Morning, in Seminar Room 1, Kelvin Hall

Coffee morning in Seminar Room 1 in the University Section of the Kelvin Hall To be presented by Professor Richard Cogdell FRS, FRSE, Hooker Professor of Botany, University of Glasgow, “Green Energy - Artificial Photosynthesis”.

Please note that this Coffee morning will be held in the Kelvin Hall and NOT in One A The Square.

Thursday 3 October 2019: Visit to the National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh

The National Museum has recently been impressively upgraded and has overtaken the Kelvingrove as the most visited museum in Scotland. There are many new galleries to visit and a special exhibition:”Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland”. Dramatic highland landscapes, heroic histories, tartan and bagpipes are among the defining images of Scotland for many people around the world. This exhibition considers the origins of these ideas and explores how they were used to represent Scotland. Admission to the Museum is free but there is a charge for admission to the special exhibition which can be paid either on the day or in advance on line (£8.50 for over 60s). For more information visit the National Museum of Scotland website

There will also be time to visit another special exhibition at the nearby National Library of Scotland: “Northern Lights: The Scottish Enlightenment. Ideas that shook the world.” Scotland took a leading role in the Enlightenment, including original thinking in philosophy, economics and literature and innovation in science. The exhibition illuminates Scotland's contribution. Visitors can view important items from the rare books and manuscripts collections and learn the stories behind them in a series of themed sections. Admission is free. For more information visit the website.

The coach is free (courtesy of the Ferguson Bequest). Lunch is available in the Museum Café and there are many nearby restaurants. The coach will depart from Milngavie at 9.00am and from the Memorial Gates, University Avenue at 9.30am. It will leave the National Museum at 4.00pm for the return journey.

To reserve places on the coach please email


Tuesday 21 January 2020, 10.00am: Coffee Morning in the Ferguson Room, One A The Square

To be presented by Dr Nina Baker.


‘The Mystery of the 'James Watt Organ' and other Watt stories more musical than steamy’

James Watt is rightly famed for his engineering innovations, especially the improvements to steam engines which benefitted the industrial processes of his era and those which came after. A few cognoscenti nowadays also celebrate his work with three-dimensional copying in his later years. However, very few have noticed his involvement with emerging musical instrument, especially in his early career while he still worked and lived in Glasgow before his move to Birmingham. Dr Baker will share her discoveries about the musical instrument work of our reputedly tone-deaf engineering hero.


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.  


Details of further Coffee Mornings 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