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‘Stupid’, ‘corrupt’, ‘it’s tone deaf’ – students react to Mathieson’s knighthood

Peter Mathieson, Vice-Chancellor and principal of the University of Edinburgh, has received a knighthood for his ‘services to higher education’. This week, The Student asked students for their responses, and heard criticisms of the principal involving his handling of strike action, his compensation for his role, and the ongoing student housing crisis. One student said […]

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The Short Rant: January is the cruellest month

All the dark and cold of winter, none of the lights or joy of Christmas. An unfortunate combination of cold, damp, and dark – coupled with a barrage of resolutions, and the pressure to become the new-and-improved you – intersect in a uniquely unpleasant way to make January, I would argue, the very worst month […]

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How does ‘Sir’ Peter Mathieson sound?

When I think of knighthoods, I think of national treasures. Sir David Attenborough. Dame Maggie Smith. Not Peter Mathieson. Our valiant vice-chancellor has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list, and will thus receive a knighthood for “services to higher education”. Intriguing. I am unable to disagree with His Majesty. Mathieson has contributed to […]

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‘Please don’t bleed, because there’s nobody out there to help me’: stories of students training in the NHS 

Unqualified students are being left to pick up the slack on NHS wards amid a dangerous staffing crisis. Nursing and midwifery students say their training has been inadequate, and one says she has to go to food banks to make ends meet.  Nina* is a third year midwifery student. Most of her placements have been […]

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An Edinburgh night out – so much potential…

It’s Saturday night and pres are in full swing. You’re sitting – coats on – in your mate’s flat, the lingering smell of anticipation and damp in the air as you discuss the evening plans. As the group trudges through a list of potentials, a sense of naïve excitement washes over you. Leaving the house, […]

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The End of Nadhim Zahawi?

“Careless and not deliberate” is the slogan drifting between every news outlet worth reading. Nadhim Zahawi, chairman of the Conservative Party, is under fire for mishandling his tax affairs. After allegedly mismanaging shares of his company YouGov, Zahawi agreed to pay nearly five million pounds to HMRC as a settlement, including a 30% penalty. This […]

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Review: The Menu

Following in the footsteps of Knives Out and Ready or Not, The Menu is the latest film in a line of black comedy satires about the mega-rich. It might be hopping on a bandwagon, but this is certainly one of the most fun bandwagons to be on at the moment. The Menu follows Tyler (Nicholas […]

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2022 Musical Reflection

To tell the truth, I have struggled a bit to appreciate some of 2022’s album releases. The album that best summarises this sentiment, Taylor Swift’s Midnights album. It constitutes a series of repetitive, bitter songs, which I found to be particularly uninspiring.  This is not to say there has not been any good releases from […]