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Vice President Community calls for university action to reduce flight carbon emissions

The Vice President Community, Rosheen Wallace, has published an open letter to the University of Edinburgh calling for a reduction in carbon emissions resulting from air travel. “We, the students of Edinburgh University, are writing to you to demand rapid action to tackle the University’s carbon emissions resulting from air travel.”, the letter begins. “In […]

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“You must stay at home”: UK enters semi-lockdown to limit spread of Covid-19

UK residents will be expected to follow new, tighter regulations around socialising for a minimum of three weeks after an announcement on Monday evening by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The announcement comes after ‘social distancing’ measures have already been encouraged in order to limit the continued spread of Covid-19, the novel Coronavirus that originated in […]

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University cancels first and second-year exams, moves teaching online

The University of Edinburgh has cancelled all first and second-year semester 2 final exams, and lectures are to be delivered online, beginning on the 23rd March, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Additionally, students in year three and beyond will sit their exams through an online format. The decision, announced on Friday 13th March via email […]

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Principal and Vice-Chancellor Peter Mathieson addresses UCU strikes in interview

Peter Mathieson, the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, gave an interview to students Honor Crean and Grace Volante about the current UCU strikes and other topics. The interview was conducted as part of the ‘Espresso Series’ radio show, through FreshAir.org.uk. Crean and Volante described its purpose as discussing with Mathieson “…his relations […]

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Deidre Brock: Interview with the MP for Edinburgh North and Leith

Deidre Brock, a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and the MSP for Edinburgh North and Leith, has held the seat since the 2015 general election. She spoke to The Student about her re-election in December 2019 and her plans for the future. When asked about the SNP majority in Scotland and whether or […]

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26th Annual Conference of the Parties to be hosted in Glasgow

The 26th annual Conference of the Parties (COP), will be held in the SEC Centre, Glasgow in November 2020. This is a UN-led meeting which discusses actions taken to address climate change, with the newly appointed Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, announced as the President on the 13th February. […]

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Second round of UCU strikes scheduled for February and March

On Monday 3 February, the University and Colleges’ Union (UCU) announced a second round of strikes beginning on 20 February, following strikes last year in November and December. There will be 14 strike days in total across a four-week period, with escalating action culminating in a week-long walkout starting on Monday 13 March. The strikes […]

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Government votes against Erasmus membership negotiation clause

On Wednesday 8th January, MPs voted against a second reading of New Clause 10, which would have required the UK government to negotiate the continuation of full membership in the Erasmus scheme after Brexit. The clause, which was tabled by the Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran, was voted against by 344 votes to 254 votes. […]