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Students should support those occupying George Square

The occupation of the Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre (formerly George Square Lecture Theatre) is a productive and inclusive act of protest. Not only does the occupation increase pressure on university officials and add momentum by continuing the protest started by the strikes, it also uses the pension dispute as a starting point for challenging the […]

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The Oscars still have a long way to go before they reflect America’s true diversity

The 2018 Oscar Nominations have been met with praise for being a long-overdue and positive departure from the event’s past exclusivity. Half of the films nominated for Best Picture have female leads and out of the directors nominated, one is black and one is female. However, out of 9 films nominated for Best Picture, only […]

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Divestment is a progressive step for the University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh’s recent decision to fully divest from fossil fuels within the next three years is essential to the institution’s reputation. After a long student-led campaign, this announcement proved a great achievement for the University of Edinburgh’s Students’ Association and the student-led society, People & Planet, successfully creating a positive image of students’ […]

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Edinburgh Students need well advertised accommodation support

Considering Edinburgh’s extortionate rent prices, exploitative landlords, and poorly maintained flats, Edinburgh University Students’ Association fails to provide a well-advertised support network for students. The Students’ Association runs the Advice Place where students can go for support with accommodation, ranging from checking over leases to advice on dealing with problematic landlords. The Students’ Association also […]

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How consumer and corporate greed stole Christmas

Precious family time, kindness, and goodwill – these are all values associated with the Christmas period. But the creeping shadow of consumer capitalism has come to threaten these ideas, and, now, the festive season is dominated by commercialism. The influence of commercial business has been growing ever since Coca Cola transformed Santa for their own […]

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Raising student loans is key to making University more accessible

Whilst politicians tend to grab the votes of students by tackling the problem of tuition fees, arguably a more pressing issue is the system of maintenance loans and financial support for living costs at university. A recent report, commissioned by the Scottish government, has suggested that students need a minimum of £8,100 a year for living costs. […]

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Wake Me When I’m Gone

  Odafe Atogun’s second novel, Wake Me When I’m Gone, is a compelling story about an independent woman’s struggle against an oppressive, patriarchal regime. Set in a secluded, authoritarian Nigerian village, the novel provides a sympathetic portrayal of its vulnerable protagonist.   Ese, a widow, is informed of the news that by the law of […]

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Social Bite introduces the worlds largest sleep out

On 9 December, Social Bite are bringing 9,000 people together to take part in ‘Sleep in the Park’ in Princes Street Gardens. The event is set to be the largest sleep-out in the world and is part of ‘Social Bite’s plan to eradicate homelessness in Scotland within the next five years. Musicians such as Liam […]