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Scottish universities to lower academic entry requirements for disadvantaged students

Under a new initiative, all of Scotland’s universities will have to adopt new practices to increase the proportion of university entrants from the most disadvantaged backgrounds in Scotland. Universities Scotland’s ‘Working to Widen Access’ initiative has set out a series of steps universities will be required to implement. This includes ‘contextualised admissions’, where university admissions […]

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Interview: Esme Allman on Robbie Travers

The Student spoke with University of Edinburgh student Esme Allman about her complaint against law student Robbie Travers, the university’s response and the subsequent public attention the story has gained. Was there a specific incident which prompted you to file a complaint against Robbie Travers? Yes. He received screenshots I made in the Black and […]

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The University of Edinburgh denies claims Robbie Travers is under investigation for ‘mocking Isis’

A spokesman for the University of Edinburgh has denied that Law student, Robbie Travers, was investigated for ‘mocking Isis’. A complaint made against Travers has been subject to widespread media attention after he claimed that he was under investigation by the University of Edinburgh for making fun of the terror group in a Facebook post. […]

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Scottish Labour leadership race begins after shock Dugdale resignation

On 29 August, Kezia Dugdale stood down with immediate effect from her position as leader of the Scottish Labour Party. In her resignation letter to the Scottish Executive Committee, Dugdale stated that in time for the next Holyrood election in 2021, “the party needs a new leader with fresh energy, drive and a new mandate […]

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Everything you need to know before voting for The Labour Party

In the run up to the general election, The Student analyses the main parties’ manifestos, allowing you to make an informed choice on the issues that matter most when polling opens on June 8.  The Labour party’s manifesto – For the Many, Not the Few – includes education and housing policies that will directly impact […]

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Everything you need to know before voting for The Green Party

In the run up to the general election, The Student analyses the main parties’ manifestos, allowing you to make an informed choice on the issues that matter most when polling opens on June 8. When launching their manifesto, leaders of the Green Party, Caroline Lucas and Jonathon Bartley, claimed the party would deliver “a confident […]

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Council gives temporary housing to mother of three hit by benefit cap

Following local protests, Melissa Gaynor, a mother of three forced to leave her privately rented home due to a cap on her benefits, has been provided with temporary housing by the City of Edinburgh Council. Gaynor and her three young children, Ronald, eight, Tyler, six and Riley, four, had no option but to leave their […]

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Friends of Malala Yousafzai due to study nursing at University of Edinburgh this autumn

The two girls injured in the same attack as Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai in 2012 have been offered places at the University of Edinburgh. Yousafzai became the subject of global attention after being shot in the head by the Taliban on her way home from a school exam. As well as being awarded the prestigious […]