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Bill in Scottish Parliament would make all new homes so insulated they would need almost no heating

Labour MSP Alex Rowley has proposed a bill in the Scottish Parliament that would require all newly built housing in Scotland to pass the ‘Passivhaus’ standard, an architectural design that keeps a stable temperature so almost no heating is required. According to the Passivhaus Trust, ‘Passivhaus buildings provide a high level of occupant comfort using […]

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Everything you need to know about the launch of Tinder Uni

Tinder, the world’s most popular dating app, has launched a new feature called Tinder Uni. The feature allows users to limit their potential matches to students from their own university.  The feature can also be expanded to include students from neighbouring universities.  When The Student asked Edinburgh students what they thought of the new feature, […]

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Modern Two art gallery to close indefinitely

Modern Two, one of the two galleries at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, is closing until further notice.  The National Galleries of Scotland is facing an unprecedented crisis in funding, according to their Director-General Sir John Leighton. Speaking at Holyrood in September, he said: ‘Already, before the events of recent months, we were […]

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Edinburgh students “living on couches”, unable to rent flats as Freshers Week looms

Many students who study in Edinburgh have been finding it impossible to find accommodation and are facing commutes from other cities, or living on other people’s sofas.  The Student spoke to several students looking for flats in the increasingly competitive and expensive Edinburgh housing market. Mair Thomas, 19, is a student of nursing at Edinburgh […]

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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 […]