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Student’s strike frustration

This article was originally submitted on the 29th March As students, it is no rare occurrence to find ourselves wishing for a break. There are times when I want to abandon my studies, rent, cooking and general responsibilities in favour of a luxurious trip home – how tempting it is to hop on a train […]

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Online Learning: An Absolute Disgrace

Editors note: this article was submitted for publication on or before the 8th September 2021 and reflects information available at that time. It is an absolute disgrace that the majority of students at the University of Edinburgh will still have online learning this year. Within a mile of campus, there’s the Scottish government “keeping young […]

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Freshers’ week do’s and don’ts

For some, Freshers’ week is the pinnacle of the university experience: the beginning of a thrilling newfound freedom before the onset of academic responsibilities. For others, it is a largely over-hyped and underwhelming experience. While everyone’s experience of Freshers’ week is unique, there are some general rules that ensure that your first week at Edinburgh […]

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Humanities degrees are crying out for reform

If you study humanities, then you’ll know the pain of slogging through seemingly endless reading assignments each week. Although this has been an eternal bane of students, past and present, lockdown seems to have made the sheer volume of these unbearable. The combination of no in-person teaching along with limited interaction with other students has […]

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Erasmus+, worth all the fuss?

The surprise withdrawal of the UK from the Erasmus+ international exchange programme was one of the most unlikely and disappointing revelations of the post-Brexit trade deal. In an attempt to quash the devastation of many students and university staff, the UK government loudly and proudly proposed their shiny new Turing Scheme. This empty new proposal […]

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Sure, Mr Hancock, the cavalry is coming, but it’s not a COVID vaccine.

“If you’re not a liberal at 25, you have no heart, and if you’re not a conservative by 35, you have no brain”, is something Churchill obviously never said. Regardless of who said it, as young people, we should all be offended whenever we hear this sort of rhetoric, that patronising pat on the head […]

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Coronavirus: Beyond the Fresher’s experience

The day begins at 8am. There is the daily routine: eat breakfast, brush teeth, get dressed. You find yourself in a rhythm of semi-normality before sitting at your desk for the rest of the day. Back pain ensues, even though you’re only twenty, and there is nowhere else to go outside the four walls of […]

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“Hybrid” learning: one week in, not meeting expectations

The inevitable move to online learning by the University of Edinburgh is undoubtably a necessary one after a rapidly changing coronavirus situation and fluctuating government guidance. The University of Edinburgh, ahead of the new academic year and after receiving government guidance, pledged to retain a level of normality via “hybrid teaching” for continuing students, guaranteeing […]