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Does the Friends reunion mark the rise of ‘uncancelled’ culture?
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“What’s next, mate?” Though watchable, Line of Duty misses the mark

Rating – ⭐⭐⭐ Attempting to appease millions of passionate viewers, as well as wrapping up an enthralling yet exceedingly complex story that has been almost a decade in the making, was never going to be easy. I don’t envy Jed Mercurio, Line of Duty’s ingenious creator. But the bitter truth is that this final instalment

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In conversation with the Three Pound Theatre Company

Queer as a three-dollar bill – we don’t think so. This phrase has been used throughout the twentieth century as an insult against the Queer community. The Three Pound Coin Theatre Company are reclaiming it. The Student met with Co-founders and Executive Producers Issi Ladd (she/her) and Doug Stephenson (they/them) to talk about what the

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Hybrid learning set to continue

On Monday, students at the University of Edinburgh received an email from Vice-Principal Colm Harmon outlining the university’s plans for the next academic year commencing in  September 2021, in which he stated that “large lectures/classes will need to be delivered digitally”.  After the 2020-2021 academic year was dominated by a hybrid teaching model, meaning a

University of Edinburgh launches ‘Report and Support’ system to address sexual violence

The University of Edinburgh has launched a new “Report and Support” system, described as ‘a platform for reporting distressing situations related to sexual violence, harassment, domestic abuse, stalking and more.’ The system allows students to report such issues anonymously or named, and ensures that they can choose “what gender of staff will contact [them],” in

Fourth win for the SNP with calls for second independence referendum

The Scottish National Party is celebrating the party’s fourth consecutive victory in the Scottish parliament election after winning a near majority of 64 seats.  In Scotland’s highest ever electoral turnout, with around 63 per cent of the electorate voting, the SNP fell short of just one seat needed to secure a majority at Holyrood but

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Library services to broaden but ‘click and collect’ to end
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Scotland to move to Tier 3 restrictions on April 26
Opinion
Confronting the West’s colonial foreign policy

The recent violence displayed in the Capitol, towards the end of Trump’s administration, has offered a brief glimpse of the violence around the world caused by America’s interfering foreign policy. The USA’s War on Terror is a brilliant example of how colonialism has been preserved in essence and been modernised, rather than eradicated. Language is

The hysteria surrounding Prince Philip’s death makes the case for republicanism

As a religious Andrew Marr Show viewer, I was outraged to find as I tuned into Marr’s classic monologue last Sunday, that the show was effectively cancelled for the second week in a row. Yes, more than 48 hours after he died, the British mainstream media continued to forgo anything resembling real news coverage in

A plea for student journalism

This is a plea, from an outgoing Deputy EiC, to support student journalism. Now, more than perhaps any other time in recent years, the university needs to be held accountable. In the past year the university has failed to support student mental health, charged us full price for severely limited online learning, profited off student

Peter’s year of tribulations
A letter from your Editor-in-Chief
Features
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An interview with the creators of edventure

The Student speaks to Zara Zarman, Director and Co-founder of edventure, and Rainy Rosch, Head of Marketing.  Last year, edventure launched at the University of Edinburgh. Zara Zarman said that “edventure is the first pan-European university venture builder and accelerator, bringing together universities’ best talents to solve society’s most important challenges. Every academic term, we

In conversation with the Three Pound Theatre Company

Queer as a three-dollar bill – we don’t think so. This phrase has been used throughout the twentieth century as an insult against the Queer community. The Three Pound Coin Theatre Company are reclaiming it. The Student met with Co-founders and Executive Producers Issi Ladd (she/her) and Doug Stephenson (they/them) to talk about what the

Defamation: why is the law changing in Scotland?

In early March 2021, all eyes were on the Scottish Parliament as Nicola Sturgeon was scrutinised for the handling of sexual harassment complaints. Amidst the headlines, it was easy to miss the unanimous passing of the Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Bill. This landmark piece of legislation aims to modernise and simplify the law of

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Exclusive interview with Bonnie Prince Bob – The indy outsider hoping to shake up the Holyrood establishment
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Frustrated students anticipate new details on their year abroad
Review
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Review: ‘War: How Conflict Shaped Us’ at the Hay Festival

War: How Conflict Shaped Us by Margaret MacMillan was the book of choice for the Hay Festival’s annual talk in association with British Pugwash, an organization focusing on international relations and disarmament. This acclaimed account of the history of war is a surprising choice for a Pugwash event, because at its heart it states the belief

‘A People’s Archive of Sinking and Melting’: Making art Out of Climate Change

In conversation with James Clegg, assistant curator of Talbor Rice Gallery Like most Scottish galleries and museums, Talbot Rice Gallery is on the dawn of reopening after a year of closure. Talbot Rice saw the Covid-19 pandemic as an opportunity for a brand-new exhibition: The Normal, a collaborative exhibition showing how the work of twelve

A Quiet Place Part II – Review

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ When A Quiet Place silenced cinemas across the globe in terror and awe back in 2018, its creators never intended to release a follow up. Even when director and lead actor John Krasinski became fixated on the idea of reproducing the success of his directorial debut, he failed to inspire both Scott Beck

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Does the Friends reunion mark the rise of ‘uncancelled’ culture?
Indie Soc to host Baby Strange at Potterrow
Lifestyle
Falling in love inside my flat

After spending a year locked up inside my student flat, my gaze has turned inward and I have started romanticising almost everything in sight. (Definitely not my flatmates though so sorry to disappoint if you thought this was going to be a juicy confession piece!) No, no, my new loves are all the lopsided items

Mind gardening: the solution to our shortened attention spans?

How often do you analyse your mind? Your chattering internal monologue is free to roam as it pleases through news stories, clothing catalogues, countless little worries….The freedom this voice inside your head is granted is obtuse and unhealthy, and meditation apps such as Headspace encourage us to slow down this manic alter-person and analyse its

Separating myself from ‘Lad Culture’

Cw: sexual harassment and assault. Tragedy, once we process the pain, can lead to profound realisations about the world around us. Both a personal loss, and that of Sarah Everard, illustrated to me that we only have a finite amount of time in life, so I now endeavour to engage with and appreciate my relatives

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Five lockdown charity shop alternatives
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The lonely pursuit of self-confidence
Voices
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India Gasps For Air. All I Can Do Is Watch.

I woke up last Thursday morning, and instead of the motivational quotes I usually stumble across on my Instagram stories, I saw black screens that read out “URGENT!” in bold red letters. Two of them were from my kindergarten friends. They were both asking for plasma donations for their family members. My heart dropped. “Is

Commission on the Status of Women: time to build back better

According to a recent YouGov/UN Women survey, only 3% of women aged 18-24 in the UK have never experienced sexual harassment. Of the other 97%, 45% didn’t report it, because they didn’t believe it would help change things. Almost 50% of young women reported having been physically followed. Globally, an adolescent girl dies every ten

How I am learning to set boundaries with my anxiety

CW: Anxiety, Stress Anxiety is experienced by different people across all walks of life and comes in many shapes and forms. I have experienced anxiety and depression almost my entire life, it started in early childhood and has followed me into adulthood. I worry about everything, even though worrying is normal, I realised it was getting

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Let’s Talk about obituaries
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Walking in the Dark
Sport
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The Survival of Cricket

“Test cricket is dead.” Those were the words of the ever-positive Michael Vaughan during an interview last week. While he holds a somewhat mixed reputation as a pundit, here Mr Vaughan is most certainly correct. This article is not titled “The Survival of Test Cricket”, as you will no doubt realise after checking the title

Series win marks dawn of Indian dominance

During the final session of day two in Ahmedabad, as Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant reverse paddled James Anderson for four, it felt like we were witnessing a watershed moment in the landscape of test cricket. The shot, so innovative, dispatched the bowler, so legendary – a perfect encapsulation of out with the old and in

Where did it all go wrong for Celtic?

The dream of ten in a row died precisely as it deserved to; an utterly miserable affair in which 27 shots on target returned zero goals, against newly-promoted opposition. If it goes ahead, defeat in the remaining Old Firm derby would leave Celtic trailing by a full 23 points, a margin not seen for a

Rangers complete long path back to the top
Scotland fight back to draw 2-2 with Austria
Science
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Social media companies hold power to stop misinformation

“FAKE NEWS” has been shouted louder than almost anything else over the last few years. Coming to the forefront with the wild accusations of Donald Trump, fake news has stayed an issue in the Covid-19 pandemic, continuing to support dangerous behaviour. Current efforts to mitigate the spread of misinformation rely on readers fact checking articles,

Retractions and Covid-19: a look into bad science

Every once in a while, we are reminded of the wisdom in ancient tales. During the current pandemic, we are specifically reminded of one of the most famous tales of Aesop’s fables, the “tortoise and the hare”, which gave rise to the famous idiom “slow and steady wins the race”. The metaphorical race, in this

Shifting linguistics: how we mimic those around us

Have you ever been on holiday, or been with a group of friends, or at a new workplace, and found that your accent or way of speaking has changed? Maybe you’ve started using slang terms you’d never even heard of before, or the initial words that come to your mind are something different than the

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University of Iowa researchers find new way to recycle e-waste
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Perseverance rover lands safely on Mars: a new decade of exploration