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Studying Abroad: a student’s experience of studying and living in Moscow

When I told my friends I’d been offered a place to study in Moscow for the next year, the response was along the lines of ‘why would you do that?’ and ‘don’t go Silas, you will die.’ A year later, and I’m happy to say I am still here and still very much alive. Maybe […]

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There’s more to the academy than undergraduates – show your support for striking staff members

The university is going on strike. Employees of The University of Edinburgh, following a vote by the University and College Union (UCU), have backed 14 days of action in protest against changes to the nationwide university pension system. Proposed reforms to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) that controls pensions will leave staff significantly worse off […]

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Travelling is a commodity and not something we ‘must’ do

You’ll meet some great, lifelong friends in ‘Welcome Week’, but you might have to wade past some really, really terrible people first. Arguably one of the worst of these is the ‘gap year’ kids, and too often the ‘gap yah’ stereotype isn’t far off the mark. You might find that guy who brags about finding […]

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The upcoming election is an opportunity to negotiate Brexit

We’re going to war – Conservative politician Michael Howard said so. As if we hadn’t got enough on our national plate, it is apparently OK to suggest we should go to war with Spain, our favourite holiday destination. I would hazard to suggest that this was the high point in the absurdity that has filled […]

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British loan to Iraq is constitutive of neo-colonialism

The announcement this week that Britain will provide a loan of £10 billion to Iraq may appear an unremarkable financial agreement. But its critical stipulation – that the whole sum must be spent buying British goods and services – is deeply troubling. Both during and after colonialism, European powers have exerted influence over foreign states, […]

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We must not sanitise Barack Obama’s legacy on mass deportation

Amongst the maelstrom of hatred that President Trump describes as his ‘policy’, his approach to immigration and his pledge to ‘build a wall’ stand out as being decisively xenophobic. In light of his inauguration it is easy to look back on Obama’s time in office as a bastion of progressivism. It has been shocking for […]