News in brief

Published: 29 March 2021

A round-up of news across the University

Time to learn something new?

Our summer online short courses are now open for bookings.

  • classes are open to all
  • afternoon and evening sessions are available
  • prices start from £65

Applications close at midnight on Sunday 13 June with courses starting from Monday 28 June.

Calling all budding poets

Are Zoom meetings draining your energy? Do you miss your work computer, suffer from temperamental internet connections or forget to record meetings or lectures?

Compose and submit a contemporary haiku or senryu on the subject of COVID-19 or remote working/teaching by Friday 16 April for the chance to win one of four awards donated by the UofG Japan Alumni Association.

Haiku is a traditional Japanese unrhymed poem, written in a 5/7/5 meter, which often focuses on images from nature. Senryu (also in 5/7/5), by contrast, usually refers to human nature or emotions and are often witty.

Some examples to inspire you:
Hard to connect both internet and people
Not enough money, conversation or sunshine
Remote learning – all I’ve really gained is fat
For every class an assignment frankly impossible
Normality is actually priceless

Download the entry form and send it to with the subject “Haiku/Senryu poetry competition entry”.

UofG Philosopher part of Festival UK*2022

Fiona Macpherson, Professor of Philosophy, is part of a creative / interdisciplinary team who have been commissioned to take their ground-breaking project into full production for next year’s Festival UK* 2022.

The project is a collaboration between Turner Prize winning collective, Assemble, scientists and philosophers from the Universities of Sussex and Glasgow, Grammy-nominated Composer Jon Hopkins and a freelance team comprising sound designer, digital producer and technologist and director.

Festival UK* 2022 is a UK-wide festival of creativity and innovation, commissioning 10 major public engagement projects designed to reach millions, bring people together and showcase the UK’s creativity globally. Details about the commission will be announced when Festival UK*2022 reveal their full programme later this year.

It is backed by £120 million of new investment from the UK Government, including funding to the Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales devolved administrations. The festival will take place in 2022 and each project will bring new opportunities for creative people in sectors that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.

First published: 29 March 2021