News and events round-up

Professor Julie Fitzpatrick OBE

Professor Julie Fitzpatrick OBE, chair of food security in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow, is one of sixteen new members of the Scottish Food Commission.

The new membership was announced by Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food & the Environment, Richard Lochhead MSP.

The Commission, which meets for the first time on Wednesday 18 March, will be chaired by Shirley Spear while Julie Fitzpatrick takes on the role of vice-chair. Professor Fitzpatrick is the Scientific Director of the Moredun Institute and Group CEO. The Moredun is a renowned animal health research institute on the outskirts of Edinburgh.  

The Cabinet Secretary said: “Scotland is fast becoming one of the world’s leading food and drink nations. We have come a long way in terms of reputation and success in a few short years but with the help of the Food Commission we can do even better. It’s my belief that an increase in Scottish food exports will attract more overseas visitors and the quality of the food we serve will become one of the key reasons to travel to Scotland. I want the food industry to become a thriving, well-known feature of local and national economies, with each part of Scotland rightly proud of its culinary heritage, past and present.” 

Ferguson Bequest

The Ferguson Bequest has recently purchased an allocation of Theatre Tickets for the Spring 2015 Ballot.

For full details of the performances and to make an application via our on-line system, please log in to MyGlasgow. Once you log in, go to the Ferguson Bequest pages (look under Services) where you can enter the theatre ticket draws and book tickets to other Ferguson Bequest attractions.

UCUG General Meeting 17th February, Call for Motions

There will be a General meeting of UCUG on 17th February at 1.00pm (room Boyd Orr:611 - LTE). Motions on local issues and motions for UCU Scotland and UCU National Congress should be with the UCUG office, by 16th Feb, 12 noon, proposed and seconded by UCUG members. 

Call for delegates to UCU Scotland and UCU National Congress

UCUG calls for nominations for delegates to both UCU Scotland (to be held in Edinburgh 27th March) and UCU National Congress (23-25 May in Glasgow). Nominations should be proposed and seconded by UCUG members and sent to the UCUG Returning Officer, Helen Durndell in the Library by 12 noon on Thursday 12th February. Please mark your envelope "UCUG Congress Delegate". Nominations must also be accompanied by the written consent of the nominee.

Spring Language Courses

The Centre for Open Studies is offering a series of six week language courses, starting in April.

The courses are designed for students already undertaking a language course or for those looking to brush up on existing skills.

Visit the language section of the Open Studies courses page for further details.

Annual University Service in Glasgow Cathedral

‌All members of the University are invited to attend the Annual University Service in Glasgow Cathedral on Sunday 8 March 2015 at 11.00am.

Those wishing to join the academic procession are requested to assemble in the Sacristy by 10.45am.

Academic Dress (gown and hood plus white bow-tie for men) will be worn on this occasion.

It is important that all wishing to join the academic procession should email Amber Higgins in the Senate Office by Monday 2 March 2015 in order that an appropriate number of seats can be reserved.


First published: 26 January 2015