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University panel debate tests Scottish politicians on global development issues

On Wednesday, The University of Edinburgh hosted a panel debate on global development in conjunction with The ONE Campaign and the Network of International Development Organizations in Scotland (NIDOS). With this year’s General Election in full swing and the deadline for the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) fast approaching, the event intended to […]

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Overseas University Recruiters Dismissed Over Fraud

A series of Freedom of Information requests by Times Higher Education (THE) has revealed dozens of cases of fraud involving overseas recruitment agents working for UK universities, including the University of Edinburgh. The study revealed 54 cases of fraud or impropriety between the academic years 2011-12 and 2013-14. Of the 139 higher education institutions that disclosed […]

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University proposes refund for failed fee-paying students

Professor Craig Mahoney, principal and vice-chancellor of The University of the West of Scotland (UWS), has announced the possible introduction of a rebate system for fee-paying students who fail to attain their degree. If approved, UWS would become the first institution in the UK to refund their failed students, and the scheme would greatly benefit […]

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Student-Led Individually Created Courses (SLICCs) to launch this summer

The University of Edinburgh has announced the launch of a free pilot programme of student-led, credit-bearing courses due to begin this summer. The Student-Led Individually Created Courses (SLICCs) will offer undergraduate students the opportunity to earn ten extra academic credits for involvement in a personal development or research project of their choosing, and is intended […]

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Labour promises to cut fees by a third in lead-up to election

Ed Miliband, the leader of the UK’s Labour party, is expected to make a manifesto commitment next month to cut university tuition fees by a third. News of Labour’s pledge to cut university fees from its current cost of £9,000 per year for UK and EU students to £6,000 per year has received a mixed […]

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Edinburgh University announces new summer courses

The University of Edinburgh has announced its intention to extend its summer school programme with a new range of courses established by the College of Humanities and Social Science. The new courses hail from a variety of disciplines including architecture, drama theory, linguistics, psychology, business studies, history, illustration and Swahili. The summer school will run […]

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Prevalence of tobacco shops linked to adolescent smoking

A recent study by researchers at The University of Edinburgh and The University of Glasgow has concluded that teenagers with more tobacco shops in their home neighbourhoods are almost 50 per cent more likely to smoke than teens from areas without tobacco stores. The study has also found that teens from areas with the highest […]

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UCU Marking Boycott to begin on November 6

The University and College Union (UCU), the largest post-school union in the world, have announced that a nation-wide marking boycott is set to take place across 69 British universities beginning this Thursday 6 November. During the boycott, members of the UCU at the University of Edinburgh will not give out coursework, formal marks or feedback. […]