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December strike caused minimal disruption, but raises concerns over the future

Students have reported minimal disruption from the teaching strike that took place from 1-3 December, likely due to how few teaching hours they have anyway. Brigid McMorrow,  a fourth year student, explained that “I don’t feel that the strikes have been massively disruptive. I study English literature and I only have four contact hours per […]

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Top Fan Banned from Edifess

Hope Conway-Gebbie, a student who has become famous in Edinburgh for her frequent comments on the university confessions page ‘Edifess’, has been banned from the page.  The third year student, by her own estimation, commented on half to a third of Edifess posts every day before the ban. She said it was “often enough for […]

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Ground control: Liberty Phelan’s guide to being a good flatmate

“They’re away from their families. They’re away from their friends. They (can’t feel) the sun or the breeze,” – is this quote about first years at Edinburgh uni? No, it’s from a member of NASA’s astronaut selection panel. In looking for advice about flat-sharing, who better to turn to than astronauts; the experts in getting […]

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60,000 extensions granted last year

The University of Edinburgh gave out more deadline extensions than the total number of students last year, a Freedom of Information Request has revealed. The university approved more than 60,000 requests from students to have more time to do their assessments in the 2020/21 academic year, despite the fact that there are only around 35,000 […]

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In conversation with Freddie Blackett of Patch Plants

The Student sat down with Freddie Blackett, an Edinburgh grad and founder of Patch Plants, to talk about how to come up with a killer business idea, the madness of running a startup, and most importantly, the insider knowledge on how to keep your houseplants alive.  Freddie studied Spanish and Portuguese at Edinburgh and explained that […]

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‘What the hell? Who wrote this?’: VP of Education slams email about graduations

The Students’ Association Sabbatical Officer Fizzy Abou Jawad has said that emails sent from the university to all students will now be vetted by student representatives, ‘because there are so many things the university didn’t articulate properly that led to students feeling so let down’. Commenting on an email students received about graduations that sparked […]

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‘We need a President with experience’: Ellen Macrae on her re-election campaign

The Student sat down with Ellen Macrae, the current Students Association President to talk about why she thinks she deserves another year in the job. Why are you running again?In such extraordinary times, we need a president in office who has the experiences of a year already, who has seen how coronavirus has impacted a […]

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Peter Mathieson returns to full salary despite COVID cuts

Peter Mathieson, the University of Edinburgh’s principal, will have his pay restored to pre-Covid levels, a university spokesperson has confirmed. Last April, Mathieson stated the university was facing a drop in income ‘in the region of £70-150 million’, and announced cost-cutting measures including senior staff pay cuts. Since then, recruitment has been paused for six […]