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Student activists to occupy Main Library overnight

Student activists at the University of Edinburgh have occupied the ground floor lobby of the Main Library at George Square, demanding that the University publicly denounce the UK government’s anti-radicalisation PREVENT strategy. PREVENT, which requires universities to monitor students deemed to be at risk of radicalisation, has been criticised for its alleged disproportionate focus on international […]

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Urte Macikene, VPS, campaigns for more affordable student housing

Urte Macikene, Vice President Services at Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA), is spearheading new efforts to rein in excessive student rents in the city. The “Edinburgh Uni Cut the Rent” campaign, Macikene’s most recent foray into an area EUSA has identified as one of the key issues facing students in Edinburgh, is calling on the […]

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Prime Minister David Cameron accuses top UK universities of not doing enough to close attainment gap for minority students

Prime Minister David Cameron has lashed out against top universities including the University of Oxford, his own alma mater, for admitting a disproportionately small number of black and minority ethnic (BME) students. In 2014, Oxford welcomed only 27 black undergraduates out of a total intake of over 2,500, a proportion amounting to little more than […]

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Cats may be just as ferocious as lions, Edinburgh researchers find

Domestic cats may be more institutionally similar to big cats than previously thought, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Edinburgh and the Bronx Zoo. The study, “Personality Structure in the Domestic Cat (Felis silvestris catus), Scottish Wildcat (Felis silvestris grampia), Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia), and African […]

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University of Edinburgh receives “red” rating for campus free speech

  The University of Edinburgh’s student’s association has received a ‘red’ rating for free speech on campus in the second annual Free Speech University Rankings, compiled by libertarian magazine Spiked. Campus-wide policies on “Dignity and Respect” and trans equality earned the University itself an ‘amber’ rating, meaning that it “has chilled free speech through intervention”. […]

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Study: Edinburgh benefit recipients could lose £270 million to UK cuts

Reforms announced in George Osborne’s summer budget could cost Edinburgh’s benefit recipients £270 million over the next five years, according to a study that went before Edinburgh City Council last week. Estimates in Spring 2013 had measured the cost of austerity policies to benefit claimants at £223 million. However, last week’s report represents an estimated […]

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5p charge leads to major reductions in plastic bag usage

Scotland’s 5p carrier bag charge has helped to reduce the use of plastic bags by 80 per cent in its first year, according to figures announced by Scottish Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead. The reduction amounts to up to 650 million bags, or 134 bags for every person in Scotland. Major chains including Morrisons, the Cooperative, […]

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St John’s Road branded the “most polluted in Scotland”

St. John’s Road in Costorphine has been named Scotland’s most polluted street after levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air approached two times the legal limit. The street had previously held third place in the rankings. Located on the main route between the city of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Airport, St. John’s Road suffers from serious […]