News in brief

Published: 14 May 2021

A round-up of news and events from across our campuses

Campus traffic management changes - June to September 2021

Dumbarton Way will close to all traffic from Monday 14 June to allow the final phase of construction work on that part of the Western site to be carried out. All traffic exiting the University’s Main Building will go via Botany Gate for the duration of these works.

This phase of the project will complete the Rain Gardens and pedestrian routes between the south of the Western campus, Kelvingrove Park and Dumbarton Road. It will also complete landscaping in the area, and resurface the road.

We plan to have the carriageway reopened to traffic in time for Freshers Week, in September.

Pedestrian access from Dumbarton Road and the park to campus will be maintained throughout. The pedestrian routes will change as the works progress.

The contractor will provide the appropriate signage throughout the works for both pedestrians and traffic.

While Dumbarton Way is closed to traffic the exit-only route through Botany Gate will be reopened. This route out to University Avenue will be controlled by a manned manual barrier during working hours. After hours this barrier will either be locked in the open position or locked closed at the university’s discretion.


Voting is open for the World Changing Alumni Award 2021

In January 2021 the UofG community nominated their outstanding alumni for this year’s World Changing Alumni Award.  We were overwhelmed by the incredible nominations received for graduates of the last 15 years who have made outstanding contributions to their fields across the globe.

The judging committee have whittled the nominations down to just four alumni finalists, who each graduated from one of our four colleges.

  • Dr Anas Almukhtar (PhD 2016), Senior Lecturer, College of Dentistry, University of Mosul
  • Fiona McPhail (LLB 2007), Principal Solicitor at Shelter Scotland
  • Richard Gadd (MA 2011), Screenwriter, playwright and performer
  • Dr Stewart Whiting (PhD 2015, BSc 2010), Co-founder and CTO of Current Health

Find out more about the four alumni finalists:

Voting is now open for UofG alumni to crown the winner:

Please note: Voting is open to University of Glasgow alumni only and a 7-digit alumni ID is required to verify your vote. This can be found at the bottom of any email that you have received from the University of Glasgow Development and Alumni Team, if you can't find it contact us via

Voting will close at midnight on Monday 31 May 2021. You may only vote once. 


Independent Human Rights Act Review Roadshow - Tuesday 18 May

The Independent Human Rights Act Review (IHRAR), launched in December 2020, has been established to examine the framework of the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA), how it is operating in practice and whether any change is required. The review is being conducted by a Panel of eight members, chaired by Sir Peter Gross, a former judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. 

Following the close of IHRAR’s call for evidence, members of the IHRAR Panel are participating in a series of public events hosted by universities across the United Kingdom. They aim to engage and hear views from a wide range of interested parties to help inform their deliberations. 

The IHRAR Panel and the University of Glasgow would like to invite members of the public to join this conversation on the Human Rights Act and their Review at 1700 on Tuesday 18 May. The event will be chaired by Professor Jane Mair, Head of the School of Law. It will start with a discussion, led by Professor Nicole Busby and Professor Jim Murdoch from the University, in conjunction with Sir Peter Gross, Lisa Giovannetti QC and Professor Tom Mullen from the Panel, on the background and context of the HRA and its role within our legal system. Following this, there will be a more specific discussion focussed on each of the questions in IHRAR’s Terms of Reference. In this part of the event the Panel will be primarily in listening mode, looking to hear views.

The event will be of interest to experts in the field, as well as those with an interest in human rights and their application in the UK and its legal jurisdictions. For each part of the discussion, participants will have the opportunity to submit comments and questions when registering. The panel will endeavour to offer the opportunity to speak to as many people who make such submissions as possible. 

For full details, including how to register, please visit our Eventbrite page: IHRAR Roadshow Glasgow registration page


First published: 14 May 2021