News round up

Published: 5 December 2017

LGBT+ Network launch and LGBT History Month call...Learn Chinese...UofG archaeologists on BBC 4's Digging for Britain...Classical Christmas Concert for Rwandan Medics...

LGBT+ Network launch and LGBT History Month call

27 November saw the relaunch of the University of Glasgow’s LGBT+ Network in the magnificent Hunterian Museum, writes Mhairi Taylor. The event was co-hosted by our Gender and Sexual Diversity Equality Champion, Professor Robby O Maolalaigh, alongside the Network’s Co-Chairs, Carlo Van Den Heuvel and Eleanor Capaldi. The Network was delighted to welcome prestigious guest speaker Colin MacFarlane, CEO of Stonewall Scotland and alumni of the University of Glasgow.

With over 30 people in attendance from across the University, Colin gave a fantastic speech reflecting on his experiences as a student here, and the importance of being authentic in the workplace. Colin also spoke passionately of harnessing the power of the Network, student body and straight allies to help ensure LGBT rights progress.

The LGBT+ Network and University would like to support a wider programme of events for LGBT History Month in February 2018, and would welcome ideas for events such as showcasing relevant research, inviting a speaker, having a film screening, or poetry night – please do get in touch with either the LGBT+ Network or Equality and Diversity Unit if you have a suggestion you would like to offer.

Find out more

LGBT+ Network – Co-Chairs:

Carlo Van Den Heuvel -

Eleanor Capaldi -

Equality and Diversity Unit –

See the world anew - learn Chinese today

Chinese characterisation of Confucius Institute

New Chinese language classes at various levels starting on Tuesday 16 January 2018. Registration now open.

For more details:

Look out for UofG archaeologists on BBC 4's Digging for Britain

Archaeologists Ewan Campbell and Adrian Maldonado will feature in BBC 4's Digging for Britain programme tomorrow evening at 9pm (Wednesday, December 6). The programme will give an insight into their groundbreaking new research which uncovered conclusive evidence that a wooden hut traditionally associated with St Columba at the monastery on the island of Iona did indeed date to his lifetime in the late sixth century AD.

Carbon dating led to the significant breakthrough, which categorically proves that samples of hazel charcoal, unearthed from an excavation of a simple wattle and timber structure on Iona 60 years ago, date back to the exact period Columba lived and worked at the Inner Hebridean monastery. It may be the monk’s ‘cell’ where he prayed and studied in isolation. 

Their excavations around the site of Iona Abbey in May 2017 revealed a new, unexpected early medieval stone building in the shadow of the later medieval abbey which may relate to the earliest phase of the monastery. New radiocarbon dates from these excavations show that the monastic settlement was being monumentalised, probably as a centre for pilgrimage, from as early as the 7th century AD. They also established that occupation of the monastery did not end after the Viking raids of the 8th and 9th centuries AD. 

For more details: Iona Research Group and Digging for Britain 

University of Glasgow archaeologists Ewan Campbell (above) and Adrián Maldonado (below) after first exposing the new early wall foundation on Iona Abbey in May 2017.

University of Glasgow archaeologists Ewan Campbell (above) and Adrián Maldonado (below) after first exposing the new early wall foundation on Iona Abbey in May 2017.

Glasgow ARM Classical Christmas Concert

Come along and enjoy an evening of classical music at this festive time of year, hosted by Glasgow University Advancement for Rwandan Medics (Glasgow ARM).

Featuring 6 musicians from the Glasgow Kelvin Ensemble playing a mix of Classical Baroque and Contemporary music, this concert sure to put you in good spirits for the festive period.

Glasgow ARM will be raising funds for the Student Endowment Fund, based at the College of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Rwanda. This fund supports medical and other allied health students through financial difficulties they may experience during their education, allowing them to complete their degrees and provide vital support to their local communities.

This event will take place in the beautiful Glasgow University Chapel on Monday the 11th of December at 7pm. Admission is free but donations are welcome!

Refreshments will be available, and there will also be a bake sale, serving delightful treats for a small donation.

If you are interested, please:

find our event on Facebook at

alternatively visit our website at and look out for our registration form.

Hope to see you there!

Glasgow ARM


First published: 5 December 2017