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Balancing the Olympics with student life

If you spotted Ancient History student Liv White at the Big Cheese on a Saturday night or in the library café queue of sleep deprived students, you’d no doubt think she was an ordinary Edinburgh undergraduate, struggling through deadlines like the rest of us. In actual fact, Liv has represented GB on the international stage […]

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Was it all worth it? Summer jobs put to the test

Internships. For some (more productive) students, this word brings to mind memories of a high-flying summer in which they dressed up like proper grown-ups, pranced around a brand new city, and were given an insight into the ‘real’ world of work. For other students (myself included), hearing the word internships creates a similar feeling to […]

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50:50 representation is key to Scottish politics

Only a few weeks ago, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon publicly backed the 50:50 campaign. Supporting the introduction of legislative quotas which ensure 50% representation for women on public boards, councils and in Scottish Parliament by 2020, this campaign is a huge, meaningful step towards closing the startling gender gap in Scottish politics. In a letter […]

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The Donation Debate: Sperm donors and anonymity

Approximately one in seven couples in the UK have fertility problems. An estimated 7,000 patients receive treatment with donated eggs and sperm every year and 2,000 children are born annually as a result of this process. Although the British Fertility Society has cited an increased demand for donations in recent years, the supply remains worryingly […]

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Swiping Right: The Tinder Generation

Are you on Tinder? For the majority of generation Z singles, this is not an unusual question. Described by The Guardian as “a strange phenomenon, yet also a natural evolution of what the dating scene for the millennial generation already looks like”, Tinder is a mobile matchmaking app. Using geolocation technology to allow you to […]

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Feminism breaks a sweat

We’ve all seen the classic “feel the burn” sports advertisements on TV: gushes of sweat, bodies covered in mud, and moments of near collapse from absolute exhaustion. Yet, as the Telegraph recently admitted, “We mostly only ever see men in such an unaffected light”. Thanks to the recent ‘This Girl Can’ campaign introduced by Sport […]

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Procrastination: time waster or state of creativity?

Exploring the dangers and potential benefits of students’ worst habit: [Illustration courtesy of Tess Glen] It’s 1.30am and you’re sat in the library, staring at the blank screen on which your essay should now be written, and deciding to check your Facebook news feed just one more time before you start writing the introduction. Defined […]

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Benefits sanctions to blame for UK food poverty crisis

In 2013, Trussell Trust food banks gave 913,138 people a three-day emergency food parcel in the UK. This number is increasing every day. Only five years ago, Trussell Trust had five food banks opened across Britain. Today, that number stands at more than 400. With the organisation claiming that “demand has tripled since 2012”, it […]