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University led genetics test sheds light on origins of depression

A study led by the University of Edinburgh has confirmed over two-hundred and fifty genes linked to depression. These findings resulted from the use of datasets and DNA records, all anonymous, along with the use of a statistical approach called Mendelian randomisation that linked depression to lifestyle activities, age, etc. Researchers are calling this study […]

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Flat-hunting 2019: how to overcome the struggle of finding flatmates

The beginning of second semester usually has students buzzing with the question of ‘who am I going to live with next year?’ Stressing about finding accommodation can be hard enough but takes a whole other level when there is also the question of finding people you feel comfortable living with. Asking friends about their living […]

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Diversity is necessary among students, staff and curricula

Content warning: mentions racism. A recent study by the Royal Historical Society found that a third of black and minority ethnic historians in the UK have experienced discrimination. It also revealed that throughout the universities in the UK, only 0.5 per cent of history academic staff are black. Edinburgh is not exempt from these findings. Ironically, […]

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Minority societies and BME Officer reflect on BME Campaign

This October has been marked with events revolved around Black History Month, run in partnership with Edinburgh University Students’ Association’s Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Campaign and the African and Caribbean Society. In light of this, The Student spoke to cultural minority student societies this week as well as the BME officer. They spoke about […]

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Students establish ‘The Edinburgh Futures Institute’ inside occupied lecture theatre

On the afternoon of Wednesday 21 March, the current occupation of the Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre (formerly the George Square Lecture  Theatre) over the changes to the USS held a ceremony unveiling their newly created space.  After a few speeches and the reading of their Declaration of Occupation, a ribbon was cut by ‘Peter Mathieson’ […]

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Picketers apologise for disruption to students, but urge support for strikes

On Thursday 8 March, The Student spoke with picketers around George Square on UCU’s action, student involvement, disruptions to lectures, and the crossing of picket lines to enter university buildings. 8 March is International Women’s Day. To demonstrate the significance of women involved in picketing for the UCU, a rally gathered outside George Square Lecture […]

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Rector Hustings: candidates present speeches and respond to concerns

Yesterday evening two rector candidates, Ann Henderson and Marco Bauder, presented speeches summarising their manifestos at an organised event at the Teviot Debating Hall, followed by  questions from the audience. The Rector’s role “is to preside at the University Court,” in addition to chairing meetings when the Chancellor is absent and working alongside the Edinburgh University […]

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Edinburgh Zoo Adopts Endangered Pig

This week, Edinburgh Zoo welcomed Jacques, a male Visayan warty pig from the Visayan Islands in the Philippines. According to Wildscreen Arkive, these pigs are known to live in the forest and males can weigh up to forty kilograms. What really distinguishes this type of pig from the rest is their ability to grow a […]