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Swap don’t shop: swapping clothes with the Sustainable Development Association

The Edinburgh University Sustainable Development Association (SDA) held a Clothes Swap on Saturday 26 January in Sofi’s Southside. Non-executive committee member and Sustainable Development student, Freya Meadows-Robinson told The Student that this was the association’s first clothes swap initiative, citing the University of Edinburgh Sustainable Fashion Show as an inspiration for the event. She said […]

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Free sanitary products initiative lauded several months after implementation

The campaign to provide free sanitary products to students across Scotland will soon reach its fourth month of implementation. With the introduction of an additional product on November 12, 2018, at the University of Edinburgh, Moon Cups have also been included as a more environmentally friendly option aside from the tampons and pads already available.  […]

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University Curriculum to be LiberatEd: LiberatEd initiative launched to create a more inclusive curriculum

The LiberatEd initiative was officially launched last week, and has experienced wide spread support across campus since its inception. The initiative has been headed up by the four liberation groups on campus, who wish to create a more inclusive, accessible and diversified curriculum across all University subjects for students and staff from under-represented backgrounds. They […]

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Edinburgh’s LiberatEd shortlisted for Students’ Association Impact Award

LiberatEd, an Edinburgh University Students’ Association initiative run by black and minority ethnic (BME), disabled, LGBTQI and female students, has been shortlisted for a Students’ Association Impact Award. The award is for “achieving significant change on campus,” which the LiberatEd campaign has aimed to do by advocating for the University curriculum to be more “intersectional, […]

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Healthcare clinic for the homeless to be replaced with controversial luxury hotel

A hotel firm has bought the Cowgate Community Clinic premises, a place for the homeless population of Edinburgh to access free healthcare, and plans to convert it into a 225-room luxury hotel. The planned construction in Old Town is drawing protests from a campaign group known as the ‘Let There Be Light’ campaign, whose petition […]

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University holds bike security event to help students protect their property

The ‘Lock It or Lose It’ bike safety campaign was launched on 8 November by University of Edinburgh Security staff, together with the Students’ Association and Police Scotland, in order to lower the rate of bicycle thefts both on the University campus and across Edinburgh. Edinburgh has the second highest reported bicycle theft in the […]

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Nearly 7,000 potential weapons seized from Scottish Parliament in the last two years

New figures have revealed that more than 6,800 potential weapons have been seized from visitors to the Scottish Parliament since 2014, according to The Edinburgh Evening News. The Edinburgh Evening News reported that over 6,000 knives, scissors, corkscrews and screwdrivers have been taken away from people during checks by security at Holyrood since 2014. Knives […]

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Edinburgh Premier Inn sold to Israeli-owned hotel chain

A Premier Inn on Morrison Link in Edinburgh’s city centre has been sold to Leonardo Hotels, an Israeli-owned hotel chain. This is the second UK property sold to Leonardo Hotels, a chain owned by – though independent of – Israel’s leading Fattal Hotels Group. The Premier Inn, designed by the late Andrew Doolan, was sold […]