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Speculative Society announces ‘intention to admit female members’ amid criticism

The Student investigation reveals senior staff objections to the Society’s privileged position within The University of Edinburgh, secret legal advice the university sought over the secretive club, and how senior management granted the Society access to university property with no formal oversight.   One of the world’s oldest debating clubs is to admit women members […]

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Speculative Society cancels planned 250th anniversary dinner in Old College

Bookings made by the Speculative Society to hire Old College rooms as part of the club’s planned 250th anniversary celebrations have been cancelled, The Student can reveal. The Society – known as the “Spec” to its members – was founded in 1764 “for improvement in literary composition and public speaking” and has counted former Prime […]

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Still “Paying for their privilege”

                One of the world’s oldest debating clubs has been given six months to admit women members and open its doors to the public, a two-page review by the University of Edinburgh has concluded. The Speculative Society, known as the “Spec” to its invited members, has held black-tie […]

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City centre lockdown after alleged motorcycle theft

Parts of Edinburgh city centre were cordoned off by police last Saturday (October 25) for several hours following a police manhunt for an alleged motorcycle thief reported to be hiding on a roof. According to The Scotsman, around 50 police officers in riot gear and one police helicopter were deployed to the scene. Fire crews […]

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Regeneration

King’s Theatre – Run Ended “I wish they’d killed you in a decent show.” Thus ends “To Any Dead Officer,” a poem by the famous British World War I poet Siegfried Sassoon. In Regeneration, writer Pat Barker depicts Sassoon’s time in the Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh, where the army sends him after a denunciation […]