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Commission on the Status of Women: time to build back better

According to a recent YouGov/UN Women survey, only 3% of women aged 18-24 in the UK have never experienced sexual harassment. Of the other 97%, 45% didn’t report it, because they didn’t believe it would help change things. Almost 50% of young women reported having been physically followed. Globally, an adolescent girl dies every ten […]

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A day in the life … of an IR student

I’m deeply envious of 14-year-old me’s ability to spend entire days staring at my computer playing video games, because I’ve been on my laptop for ten consecutive hours today in meetings and I can feel my brain melting. The day started with my first tutorial at 11am. My expectations were pretty low for attendance for […]

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Pupils must return to schools when it is safe, no earlier

On Wednesday 27th January, Boris Johnson made the announcement that in-person teaching in English schools would not resume until at least 8 March. An announcement which likely came much to the dismay of parents struggling to manage homeschooling their children alongside working from home. The staggered return to school buildings, he said, would be conditional […]

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Where next for the Republican party?

Donald Trump has another dubious accolade to add to his extensive list of ‘firsts’. He’s now the first President in US history to be impeached twice. The House voted to impeach the president 232 to 197 for ‘incitement of insurrection’, with 10 Republicans voting ‘yes’. Notably, this includes the head of the House Republican Committee, […]

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Behind the Scenes of Click to Connect: a EUSOG Musical

At the end of last semester, the Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group (EUSOG) released an original musical – Click to Connect. Created entirely online, the show follows eight people on the search for socially distanced love. Ahead of their cast album being released later this semester, I sat down with Rachel Chung (co-writer, co-director) and […]

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A surging interest in Welsh independence

I should start with a disclaimer that I’m not Welsh. Yes, dw i’n dysgu Cymraeg, but my family doesn’t have any connection to Wales other than my mildly obsessive curiosity. My bizarre Duolingo Welsh pet-project aside (240 day streak, not that I’m bragging), the development of Welsh nationalism is an interesting topic that deserves further […]

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Christmas bubbles: use your common sense

Off the back of his announcement about the changes to the Covid-19 guidance over the 5-day Christmas period, Boris Johnson reminded the public that “‘tis the season to be jolly careful.” Panel shows and social media took this and ran with it, culminating in some wonderful Covid-safe covers of Christmas songs being shared by the […]

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It’ll all end in tiers

As England emerges from lockdown, we’ve learnt more and more about the revamped the 3-tier system. And with the government’s announcement of the Christmas Covid Rules edition of The Purge, everything feels a long way from Johnson’s line from earlier in the year about ‘following the science’.  The public have also begun to discover more […]