News in brief

Published: 12 February 2021

A round-up of news from across the University

Robin Geiss appointed Director of UNIDIR

Robin Geiss, Professor of International Law and Security, has been appointed as Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR).

UNIDIR is a voluntarily funded, autonomous institute within the United Nations. One of the few policy institutes worldwide focusing on disarmament, UNIDIR generates knowledge and promotes dialogue and action on disarmament and security. Based in Geneva, UNIDIR assists the international community to develop the practical, innovative ideas needed to find solutions to critical security problems 

Robin Geiss joined the Law School in 2013. Previously, he was Professor of International and European Law at the University of Potsdam.

Global Health Film Club holds inaugural event 

The University of Glasgow Global Health Film Club is holding its first event on Monday 22 February 2021 from 19:00 -20:00.

The film club aims to:

  • Bring together people studying global health across the university.
  • Encourage cross college learning and discussion
  • Facilitate discussion and learning between Postgraduate and Undergraduate students
  • Help reduce isolation associated with the current restrictions

How will it work?

Every month a film will be available for group members to watch in their own time.  On the last Monday of each month, a live discussion will take place via zoom facilitated by speakers with knowledge of the issues.  When it is safe to do so, we hope to have events on campus. 

For our first event we will discuss “For Sama”, a 2019 which documents the experiences of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria. Watch the film before the meeting and come along to share your questions and views or just listen to the discussion.

Who can join the UofG Global Health Film Club?

Anyone working or studying at UofG who is interested in Global Health. The film club was developed through collaboration between Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing and Film & TV Studies.  We have student and staff representatives from MVLS and welcome suggestions or volunteers to support future events. 

For further information on the”For Sama” discussion on the 22 February or the Global Health Film Club please contact

First published: 12 February 2021