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University of Edinburgh apologises for not doing more to support student’s mental health after report released

Trigger warning: discussions of suicide Within the past week an internal investigation has found that the University of Edinburgh could have done more to prevent the death of student Romily Ulvestad.  Romily, known as Romy to her friends and family, was a Classics student who died by suicide in April 2020, just four days after her […]

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Learn platform and Covid test booking site crash in the same week

Since the beginning of the semester, most teaching at the University of Edinburgh has been online. However, with both Learn, the University’s online academic platform, and the online booking system for the University’s coronavirus testing centre crashing over the weekend, many students are starting to question how effective the university’s online systems really are. Any […]

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Edinburgh University invests in a company that may be helping students cheat

On 31st October, a post from the student Facebook platform ‘Edifess’ detailed that the University of Edinburgh as of January 2020 has invested £864,760 into online cooperation Chegg Inc. This is a particularly controversial move given that one of this online company’s predominant roles is helping students ‘cheat’ at their work. So, what is Chegg […]

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US presidential elections: final result hangs in the balance

Tuesday 3rd of November marked the start of the American presidential election, to all intents and purposes a two-horse race run between Republican President Donald Trump (74) and Democrat former Vice-President Joe Biden (77) – who is fighting to become the 46th president of the United States.  The evening commenced with an intense focus on a few […]

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Sociable, spenny and secretive – the rise of the Pollock Airbnbs

As the University of Edinburgh approaches the middle of the first semester, Pollock Hall students, discontented by ‘online universities’ providing minimal in-person learning and student interactions, are seeking out Airbnbs as alternative forms of accommodation. This turn to rented properties appears to have risen mostly out of freshers’ desires to socialise, as there’s allegedly less […]

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Students banned from family but promised, ‘You’ll be home for Christmas’

It’s been an eventful few weeks since Freshers’ Week started for University of Edinburgh students, and at a time where ‘settling in’ seems life or death, going home may seem a far-off thought, but, with the Scottish government forcing students to stay in accommodation, this issue may be closer to home than expected. So, the […]