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Further UCU strike dates announced for February

University staff are to strike for up to 10 days in February over pensions, pay and working conditions the University and College Union (UCU) have announced.  Having already participated in strike action last semester, University of Edinburgh staff will strike again this semester in what the UCU has deemed “a fight for the future of […]

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The Student in conversation with the ‘Girls Night In’ boycott organisers

Lucy Saddler speaks to Milly Seaford and Martha Williams about their boycott and its aims. With social distancing restrictions eased and nightclubs reopened, students in Edinburgh have been rediscovering the city’s nightlife. Yet an increase in reports of alleged incidents of spiking has caused widespread concern to ripple through the student community and wider.  Instagram […]

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Strike action on cards as union ballots university staff

The University and College Union (UCU), the trade union that represents much of the UK’s higher education academic and support staff, has today confirmed that they will ballot members about possible strike action. Ballots – more commonly known as votes – will open at universities, including the University of Edinburgh, on Monday 18 October and […]

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VP Colm Harmon in conversation: next year on campus

As current students begin to return to campus and new first-year students move into halls of residence this week, The Student sat down with Professor Colm Harmon, Vice Principal Students at the University of Edinburgh, to find out what the student experience will look like this year.  Teaching  Whilst Professor Harmon is keen to emphasise […]

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The Student speaks to Vice-Principal Colm Harmon

Although having worked at the University of Edinburgh in his role as Vice-Principal Students since October 2019, many students have come to know Professor Harmon from the e-mail updates that he has frequently sent to students this year.  Reflecting on what has been an undoubtedly difficult year for staff and students alike, Colm recognised that […]

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“Because I am a woman”: The Student explores women’s safety in Edinburgh

TW: Sexual violence, sexual harassment, transphobia In the wake of the disappearance and murder of  Sarah Everard, the debate about women’s safety has been reignited, with a study demonstrating that 97 percent of women aged 18-24 have experienced sexual harassment in public places.  An investigation by The Student has found that 66.3 percent of women […]

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African and Caribbean society event hijacked by racist and homophobic abusers

CW: Homophobia and racism An event hosted on Zoom by the University of Edinburgh’s African and Caribbean society in partnership with Edinburgh Global, celebrating black and LGBT culture, was infiltrated by attackers shouting racist and homophobic slurs on Sunday evening.  The event, entitled “Pro-Black and Anti-Gay?” was timed to coincide with Caribbean week and LGBTQ […]

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International travellers to enter ‘managed quarantine’ from Monday

Addressing the Scottish parliament today, the Scottish Transport Minister Michael Matheson announced that from Monday 15th February all international travellers flying directly into Scotland will have to quarantine in hotels for 10 days. He said that this measure would ensure that new strains of the virus would not “undermine” the vaccination roll out in Scotland […]