University in the media

Published: 11 May 2012

A rundown of how the University featured in the media across Scotland, the UK and internationally in April.

The University of Glasgow featured strongly across Scotland, the UK and international media in April. In Britain alone we registered more than 280 media cuttings, and at least 407 around the world.

Three of the most significant stories were the unveiling of the world’s largest study into Parkinson’s disease; a report on sugar levels in drinks; and the development of a process that could lead to the “printing” of 3D drugs. All were strongly reported on in the media, including broadcast and online. The BBC felt that the potential of 3D printing was so significant that they asked to syndicate the film first broadcast on Newsnight Scotland to partner broadcasters around the world, whilst the report on sugary drinks led to questions in the House of Commons at Westminster.

Internationally, India remains a key area of focus and activity for media relations at present and April provided a bumper crop of articles in a range of key media – from the Deccan Herald in Bangalore and the New Indian Express in Chennai, to the Hindustan Times in Delhi and the Telegraph in Calcutta. In particular, activity to promote scholarships from the College of Arts, new programmes (BSc Environmental Stewardship, MSc Computer Forensics,MSc Applied Carbon Management), and research (sugary soft drinks and sleeping sickness), was very successful.

Closer to home, a CPPR report into the Scottish economy was well reported on and there was a three part double-page series on the Space Glasgow Research Cluster in the Evening Times, with additional coverage in the Sunday Times, Scotsman and the BBC. There was good pick up of a bit of detective work carried out in the Hunterian on a gem heist that took place there forty years ago, and the Vet school set up an intriguing story involving the diagnosis of the most famous Clydesdale horse that died more than a century ago.

The University of Glasgow also provided expert comment for outlets in the written press, radio, television and online. These ranged from views on social media, defence issues for an independent Scotland, horse safety and the Grand National and media ownership and megalomania. 

We were delighted to welcome a television crew from Korea on campus during April, and in May expect a visit from a Chinese television network. More on that to follow in the next media report.

The corporate communications team is always happy to meet with individuals, or groups of colleagues, to discuss possible stories or just to explain how we might work together.  Please get in touch on 0141 330 3535 or email us

First published: 11 May 2012

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