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EUSA Elections: relevance and developments

For a couple of hundred hardy hacks it’s Christmas again, as student politics season rolls around once more. The Edinburgh University Student’s Association (EUSA) elections are well underway: the poster war has been fought, the debates have put the candidates to the sword and first years will soon find themselves perpetually answering their doors to […]

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University rectorial election candidates announced

The candidates for the 2015 University of Edinburgh rectorial elections were announced on 15 January. After a two-month nomination period, two candidates nominated themselves, with the support of 20 students, for the prestigious role. The candidates are Steve Morrison, former chief executive of Granada TV and founder of AllThreeMedia, and Peter McColl, the current rector […]

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Nominations for University Rector elections open

Nominations for the position of Rector at the University of Edinburgh opened on 11 November. To be nominated as a candidate for Rector, nominees must provide written confirmation accepting the nomination and must be supported by a minimum of 40 signatures from university staff or students. The nomination period will last until 12 noon on […]

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SSPS hosts Chrystal Macmillan Lecture on Women in Politics

On Thursday 28 October, the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Studies (SSPS) hosted its 5th Chrystal MacMillan lecture on the topic of women in politics. The lecture was delivered by the Lord Speaker Baroness Frances D’Souza, who presides over the House of Lords. Baroness D’Souza was introduced by former Scottish Health Secretary, […]

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Extend the franchise to 16 and 17 year olds

The Scottish independence referendum on September 18 marked the first enfranchisement of 16 and 17 year olds in the United Kingdom. Whether or not their inclusion was a cynical move by the First Minister, Alex Salmond, to enhance the possibility of an independent Scotland, is up for debate. But regardless of the means, the end […]

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Independence fosters bitter division

Any impending national vote is likely to be somewhat divisive. Whether it’s Labour supporters opposing Conservatives or UKIP opposing the Green Party, there is always conflict. However, on such a big issue, with such wide interest and with only two polarised options, the split of the country into two passionate camps was completely unavoidable. What […]