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Edinburgh was voted safest city in the UK, is this accurate?

There was good news in Edinburgh recently, as the city was announced the safest in the country in a study from August this year. Edinburgh got the top spot, followed by Bristol, Brighton and Hove, Southampton, and Cambridge. Birmingham was voted least safe, with Leicester, Manchester, London and Sheffield all completing the bottom five. This […]

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Can the number of societies available at university restrict student involvement?

Every Welcome Week is filled with non-stop fairs, workshops, and socials. There is also the opportunity, however, for students to join their choice of Edinburgh’s numerous societies. With over 280 societies and over 60 sports clubs, there is something for everyone. This is the first opportunity for new students to really ‘get involved’ at a […]

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How university is affecting the mental health of our young people

It’s easy to write the statistic that over half of students at university have experienced mental ill health, it’s harder to comprehend when you try to understand just how many individuals have struggled in order to create that number. But it’s a worryingly consistent figure. A recent survey notes that 77 per cent of students […]

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Has Halloween commercialisation gone too far?

With Halloween having passed us, and with Christmas on the horizon, it is interesting to examine its history and how it has become a modern commercialised holiday. Since mid-September, every supermarket in Britain has been slowly filled with various essential Halloween supplies. This is impossible to miss: sweets, pumpkins, witches’ broomsticks, and fake spiders webs […]

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Is voluntourism a harmful trend and how can it be changed?

Every summer, social media fills with pictures of friends going abroad to volunteer. Students take their chance to go to new places before university starts again, and many enjoy a gap year either before or after university to gain new experiences before having to face studying or a new job. There are countless companies set […]

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How accurate is the recent vote that Edinburgh is the UK’s safest city?

There was good news in Edinburgh recently, as the city was announced to be the safest in the country in a study from August of this year. Edinburgh got the top spot, followed by Bristol, Brighton and Hove, Southampton, and Cambridge. Birmingham was voted least safe, with Leicester, Manchester, London and Sheffield completing the bottom […]

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Accommodation services are letting vet students down

Student accommodation is a huge part of first year, being both a home and a social area when starting university. However, for vet students it is also a huge source of stress. With conflicting holiday and exam times, and the trek to get to vet school, student accommodations do not provide the same services to […]

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Money Diaries: a third year history student

As part of starting an open discussion involving students and their relationship with money, and taking inspiration from Refinery29’s own ‘Money Diaries’ series, we at The Student are writing about our own experiences to start to break down much of the taboo that still surrounds discussion of money. For students, there is a huge stigma […]