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Border reform puts Scotland at risk of losing six seats in Parliament

Scotland may face losing six of its 59 MPs in the House of Commons, as the Government plans to redraw constituency boundaries. Proposals from the Boundary Commission for Scotland indicate a radical transformation of Scotland’s political map with only two constituencies – Orkney and Shetland, and the Western Isles – remaining unchanged in the legislation. […]

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Young Scots miss out on majority of Scottish university places

Scottish students are finding it increasingly difficult to secure a place at Scottish universities, official data has shown, as the clearing system allegedly displays bias towards English and international applicants. UCAS, the higher education admissions service, has released figures which show the number of young Scots missing out on Scottish university places has almost doubled […]

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Recent study shows increasing wealth gap between Edinburgh’s neighborhoods

A sharp lifestyle contrast between Edinburgh’s wealthiest and poorest residents has been illustrated by recent figures released by the Scottish Government through the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD). The SIMD, which assesses indicators such as income, health, education, employment, crime rates, and housing, showed that Edinburgh hosts six out of the top 100 most […]

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Campus occupation results in silence from the University on policy changes

Activist group People and Planet’s occupation of The University of Edinburgh’s Charles Stewart House last week has resulted in silence from University officials, with a refusal to make a statement on divestment from fossil fuel companies. The week-long occupation, staged by the Edinburgh branch of People and Planet’s divestment campaign, aimed to put pressure on […]

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University of Edinburgh hits record number of students seeking counselling services

A study into mental health at 24 of the UK’s top universities has found that the number of students seeking counselling has increased from 34,000 to 43,000 in just three years. In all the universities surveyed, the University of Edinburgh saw the largest increase in students pursuing counselling services with figures rising by 75 per […]

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EUSA unveils field of candidates for 2016 elections

Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) unveiled its field of candidates for the 2016 election on Friday, kicking off the beginning of a two-week process to determine the new student union representatives for the upcoming year. The annual election will see students vote for candidates hoping to fill the leadership positions of campaign organisers, liberation groups, […]

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University of Edinburgh hosts panel debate on gender-based violence

The University of Edinburgh hosted a series of events last week in aid of the Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre (ERCC).    The events, collectively known as Equalise Week, included a Panel Debate on Social Policy and Gendered Violence, which featured many distinguished speakers from each political party. At the debate, Ben Macpherson,  MSP candidate for […]

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Students protest Parliament’s decision to cut maintenance grants

Students from across the UK have risen up against Parliament’s recent decision to replace maintenance grants with loans. In a debate in the House of Commons last Tuesday, the Labour party called upon the government to abandon its plan to scrap the maintenance grant for the poorest students in England. More than five hundred demonstrators […]