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Swallowed whole: satire and the media

Last week, the German public broadcasting company ZDF released a press statement clarifying that its comedy programmes contained comedy and not news, while the German public debate on Greece’s financial situation took an absurd turn and centred around the question: Did Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis show Germany the middle finger in a two-year-old video […]

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The future of the written word

When literature student Francesca goes to university, she does not carry around heavy books anymore. A tablet is enough for all the books she needs for her classes. “I do buy e-books when I can for my textbooks. I feel they are just more practical in terms of comfort. Some days I’ve got a few […]

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Edinburgh-based student arts festival launches

On Thursday, the first Edinburgh Student Arts Festival (ESAF) was launched, a week-long festival run by students from five Edinburgh Universities. Until 13 February, the ESAF will feature performances, talks, workshops and visual arts exhibitions by 250 student artists in three venues across Edinburgh: the Assembly Roxy, the Pleasance and Gayfield Creative Spaces. In addition, […]

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Edinburgh University hosts third TEDx conference

The University of Edinburgh hosts its third TEDx conference on the 19th February during the University’s Innovative Learning Week. Organisers are expecting 500 attendees, which would make the 2015 event the largest TEDx conference at the University of Edinburgh so far. “In last year’s, we were delivering a good TEDx conference, but this year it […]

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New £206,000 Plymouth uni screen cannot show videos

The University of Plymouth has spent £206,000 plus £89,600 installation costs on a giant LED video screen that is unable to show videos. The screen measuring 30ft by 16ft is installed on the outside walls of the university’s new performing arts centre and is supposed to be an innovative way to communicate with students, staff […]

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UoE hosts debate on inequality and academia

Panellists in a debate hosted by the University of Edinburgh Ethics Forum discussed whether the university has eradicated gender inequality on Friday November 7. One of the participants, Professor Jane Norman, University of Edinburgh Vice Principal Equality and Diversity, said: “University is a microcosm of society. As long as there is sexism in society, there […]

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Study drugs: students’ little helpers?

Reading a page and easily memorising every single word; staying focussed on a single task for hours; studying without ever getting distracted or tired. With essay deadlines and exam dates coming up, we all wish we were capable of such things. Instead, we stare out of the library window, check Facebook for the tenth time […]

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Rise in student numbers leads to lower marking standard

Preliminary results of the Times Higher Education (THE) Workplace Survey 2015 suggest that university lecturers and professors think the quality of education is in delicate, as universities across Britain accept more students. So far, THE has interviewed almost 1,000 members of the academic staff from universities across the UK, of whom a third said that […]