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Introducing: Sally Rooney

Earlier this year, when The Times review of Irish writer Sally Rooney’s second novel deemed her ‘the first great millennial author,’ the term ‘millennial’ wasn’t loaded with any of the disparaging or pejorative connotations it usually is. This labelling of the 27-year-old, and the transfer of authority to her and her understanding of the psyche […]

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Scrap the app: the government is failing working class students

It never comes as a great surprise when our current Conservative government releases an incentive that places the onus upon the citizen – always viewed through the lens of consumerism – to improve their lot. However, the news that universities’ minister Sam Gymiah believes the best way to ensure support for poorer prospective university students […]

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The Windrush Scandal has exposed the racism still prevalent in the UK

Sometimes, it would seem that the UK Houses of Parliament are literally sinking into the River Thames beside them. What with the ongoing antisemitism engulfing the Labour Party, and now the horrific treatment of the so-called ‘Windrush Generation’ at the hands of the current Home Office, it feels as if the current news cycle has […]

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The Advice Place’s support deserves better visibility

Candidates standing for the Edinburgh University Students’ Association elections, held at the start of this month, had more similarities than just their aggressive campaigning techniques (exemplified by the student spotted in George Square with a poster of his own face strapped to his rucksack). Many of those vying to be our next events officer or […]

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Children deserve more than Blyton’s racist tropes

With over 600 books to her name, children’s author Enid Blyton could bang out a classic quicker than her quintessential protagonists could down lashings of ginger beer at a dorm midnight feast. Although to many Blyton will always be associated with some of the odder aspects of middle class life in mid 20th century England […]

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Schools should educate students about UCAS’ systems

Clearing and adjustment, the processes used by UCAS to enable unplaced students and those who exceed their expectations to apply for courses with vacancies directly to the university, were invented when applicants had to painfully apply to each institution individually. If those who devised these systems in 1961 knew that in 2017, 11,180 students would […]