- 1908 - 1977 (Creation)
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The Students' Representative Council for day students of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College was formed in 1893. A separate body for evening students, the Evening Students' Representative Council, existed for many years in parallel until the two amalgamated during the 1940s.
The Students' Representative Council organised reunions of former students and social functions such as dances and published the student magazine. It mounted a successful campaign in 1953 for a new Students' Union Building, which was formally opened in John Street in May 1959. At the same time, the Students' Representative Council was renamed the Students' Association. In 1964, the Association amalgamated with the Students' Representative Council of the Scottish College of Commerce, to form the Students' Association of the University of Strathclyde.
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The Students' Association of the University of Strathclyde was formed in 1964 from the amalgamation of the Students' Association of the Royal College of Science and Technology with the Students' Representative Council of the Scottish College of Commerce.
The purpose of the Association was to promote the general interests of the students, be the recognised channel of communication between the students, University authorities and other organisations, and run the Union building in John Street as a club for its members. The Association had representation on the University Court and Senate, the University Management Committee and other committees. Student office-bearers were elected annually by the student body. In addition to this formal representation of the students' interests, the Association organised student activities and social events, encouraged student societies and debates and published the student newspaper, 'The Strathclyde Telegraph'.
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A student magazine was first published by the Students' Representative Council of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College in 1908. Although founded as The Glasgow Technical College Magazine, it was entitled The Mask for much of the twentieth century and had several other changes of name. In 1971-1972, it was replaced by Rubble.
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