Can Covid-19 kill love? All the secrets to survive dating and being in a relationship

By Alice Liana Galli Dating at the time of Covid-19 can be challenging, especially with the new rules set in place all over Scotland yesterday. Without being able to leave the house- except for the bare necessities like going grocery shopping, exercising once a day, going to work or to the pharmacy- meeting new people or spending time with our lovers is almost impossible. But can Covid-19 really kill love? According to the sexual health and consent educator Samantha Bitty, love can survive the ongoing pandemic even in isolation. How? Using creativity and moving personal intimacy from in person to … Continue reading Can Covid-19 kill love? All the secrets to survive dating and being in a relationship

Coronavirus and isolation, OCD sufferers might better cope with it

By Alice Liana Galli The ongoing pandemic of Covid-19 can be a reason for great concern for many people and its effect can have a huge impact on mental health, especially now that restricting measures have been put in place all over Scotland. However, some individuals might be more prepared to cope with the emergency than others. According to the licensed psychologist, specialised in the cognitive behavioural treatment of OCD, Fred Penzel, people suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder have a life-time experience training that teaches them how to overcome their worst fears, including the one of contagion. But what do … Continue reading Coronavirus and isolation, OCD sufferers might better cope with it

Facing Covid-19 while young and "Invincible"

By Alice Liana Galli The Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warns that coronavirus advice “shouldn’t be seen as optional” but as a set of rules to be followed by everyone. That includes young people who she says are showing “sense of invincibility” during the ongoing pandemic. The warning follows the rise of the Scottish death-toll to 14 from Covid-19. Speaking on BBC radio Scotland Good morning Scotland programme earlier today, Nicola Sturgeon declared that the rules put in place by the Scottish Government are the key to slowing down the spread of the virus and reduce its peak impact, and … Continue reading Facing Covid-19 while young and "Invincible"

UWS Students and Staff face nervous wait for COVID-19 update

By Gordon McColm Last Friday, UWS students were sent an email that advised them “not to attend our campuses from Monday 16 March 2020”. The information was also posted online. Staff also received the email but they’ve been asked to remain on campus and provide support to their students. We’ve reached out to some of the staff working on campus today to hear how they’ve been affected by the changes. Today has been the first day with the new measures, so what has campus been like? “Pretty quiet” is the verdict from Chris Gilgallon. He’s a lecturer for the Broadcast … Continue reading UWS Students and Staff face nervous wait for COVID-19 update

Living in a student campus at the time of COVID-19

By Alice Liana Galli A bitter start of the week for colleges’ and universities’ students all across Scotland where the structures have closed due to coronavirus outbreaks. Among them also the students from the University of the West of Scotland based in Ayr. Today, UWS’ students were asked not to attend to their regular classes and embrace online teaching and examinations instead. However, despite course materials are being put online and students have been informed that exams would not be taking place in the usual halls, another major issue is raising concerns among them. What is going to happen to … Continue reading Living in a student campus at the time of COVID-19

Pressure on May’s government grows

By Jamie Costello The pressure on the Theresa May increases as key figures in Scotlands farming, food and drink industries have this week urged MPs to unite to avoid a no deal Brexit in a joint open letter. Adding to this Scottish agricultural secretary Fergus Ewing has vowed that environment secretary Michael Gove is liable to pay billions of pounds to farmers for a ‘no deal Brexit bill.’ The letter from industry executives warned that leaving the EU without a deal would lead to annual industry loses of £2 billion:  “Whilst recognising there is no political consensus yet on a … Continue reading Pressure on May’s government grows