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Vice President Education on changes to feedback and tutor system

Mid-course feedback and the personal tutor system are just some of the issues on the agenda of the Edinburgh University Student Association’s newly-elected VP Education, Stephanie Vallency. Stephanie talks to The Student about her work since coming into the position almost four months ago, one of her main priorities being improving the University’s feedback system. […]

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Students in Edinburgh host Hong Kong solidarity protests

Protests in solidarity with demonstrations in Hong Kong have been taking place in over 60 major cities, including Edinburgh, in recent weeks. This protest, described by Democracy for Hong Kong in Scotland (DH4K Scotland) as an “Anti-Totalitarianism rally,” took place on Sunday 30 September with over 150 people in attendance, including a number of people […]

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Science or politics: what can truly tackle climate change?

On 29 January, acclaimed voice in climate policy, Dr. Lesley Sloss, gave the talk: Science or Politics: what can truly tackle climate change? Organised by the University of Edinburgh International Development Society, the talk brought a full house, with students waiting outside of the theatre, eventually completely filling the room.  Many people in the audience […]

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Women in Tech Conference hosted in Edinburgh

On 28 February, in the midst of a growing storm, The Edinburgh Women in Tech Conference 2018, organised by Edinburgh University Women in STEM, began with an opening speech from conference chairwoman Nathalia Rus. She began by addressing her hopes for the conference, and women in STEM, but quickly dove into a talk on different […]

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Edinburgh Sustainable Innovation Conference on prospects for sustainable energy

On 23 March, the Edinburgh Sustainable Innovation Conference was held at McEwan Hall. It was hosted by the Buchanan Institute, a student-led think-tank at the University of Edinburgh. The event bolstered enthusiasm for clean energy and the reduction of carbon emissions in the UK, featuring a wide range of speakers and solution-focused workshops. Innovators, businesses […]

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University of Edinburgh budget surplus larger than that of all other Scottish Universities Combined

The release of the University of Edinburgh’s income and expense information for 2017 has raised some questions from university students. Most pressingly, from the university’s £905, 834, 000 total income in 2017, a surplus of £132, 635, 000 was left over — a surplus larger than that of all the universities in Scotland combined. A […]

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Using animals as mental health respite proves controversial

A herd of alpacas made an appearance at King’s Buildings on November 15, as part of Mental Health and Wellbeing Week at the University of Edinburgh. The event was organised by the Edinburgh University Student’s Association, as part of an effort to demonstrate the positive impact of animals on mental health and wellbeing, while also providing […]

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Changes on the way for Scottish income tax bands

The Scottish National Party (SNP) conference held in Glasgow on Monday 9 October announced that serious changes are being considered surrounding Scottish tax bands for the 2018/19 budget. The Herald summarised their current policy by saying that “Scots are currently taxed at 20p in the pound above the £11,500 allowance, then at 40p for earnings […]