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Full Options charity: a new attempt to help people in need

This month, I joined a group of professionals, academics, immigrants and enthusiasts to form a new charity, Full Options. The charity’s goal is to promote human rights and peace, and to help people reach their full potential. The charity has board members in the UK and Turkey and will focus many of its efforts on Syrian refugees in Turkey. This organisation stems directly from the conference I organised back in September 2017 on Syrian refugees and health, and many of the participants in the event are now part of this new initiative. Our first act, before we had even launched officially, was to collect clothes and toys from Scotland and send them to a partner refugee centre in Eskisehir.

If you want to follow our activities or join us, find us on Facebook!

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A new online magazine is here: Constructive News Scotland!

Our master’s students in Digital Journalism launched their online magazine Constructive News Scotland (CNS) on 9 March, as part of my class Producing Media.

The class puts everyone in a real newsroom situation by asking students to create, launch and run a digital magazine for several months. Each year, students come up with different publication concepts based on their interests. This year, the magazine will focus on constructive journalism, which covers issues and events in a way that doesn’t just focus on the problems, but offers solutions.

Want to read their stories? Find them here. And enjoy their promotional video below.

News Academy 2018

News Academy is a an annual event organised by the newspapers of News UK: The Sun, The Times, The Sunday Times, for future journalists. Pupils from Glasgow secondary schools and students from Scottish universities were treated to a line-up of inspirational and legendary Scottish journalists, who shared experiences and professional advice.



Read more about the event here.

Student work: The Kick

Blog post on an innovation

By Agne Gaidyte, fourth year student in 2017-2018

Have you ever been so scared in your life that the fear left you utterly speechless?

A job interview.

A presentation.

A date.

The sweaty hands, the nerves and the constant fear that you’ll mess up. The anxiety and fear before is the first major battle a person faces, but finally there is a solution, all within a thumbs reach.

Download an app, get the Kick and it will all go away.

No anxiety.

No shyness.

A world without people holding themselves back.
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Student work: Dermal Abyss: the New Generation of Tattoos

Blog post on an innovation

by Sara Paciaroni, fourth year student in 2017-2018

Today, around 20 million people in Britain have at least one tattoo and the number of tattoos carried out every year is on the rise. But what if tattoos could be beneficial to our health? What if tattoo artistry combined with biomedical engineering could transform body art in wearable displays revealing information inside the body?

This is what researches at MIT and Harvard Medical School, led by Katia Vega, successfully demonstrated last September. Their Dermal Abyss project consisted of developing a special ink containing biosensors, which, patterned into the skin, encode information from the interstitial fluid producing colour changes. Too technical?

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Student work: Glasgow Needle Exchange Closes amid Controversy

News story on a controversy

by Sara Paciaroni, fourth year student in 2017-2018

Stigma and discrimination would be behind the closure of Glasgow Central Station needle exchange on 24 September, according to experts.

Network Rail’s decision to close Glasgow’s busiest needle exchange “demonstrates that people who use drugs continue to be stigmatised and discriminated against”, said Emma Hamilton, National Training and Development officer at Scottish Drug Forum (SDF). “This increases the barriers for people engaging in services generally due to distrust and lack of rapport,” added Hamilton.

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The Guardian: Poor body image makes girls less assertive and risks health, study finds

A concerning story from The Guardian on a global study of young girls and their self-esteem. It makes for a difficult reading, but more important is what we do with this information. We have lots of work ahead of us as researchers, advocates for better mental health and self-esteem, parents and educators. The media should be part of these efforts too.