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Scratching the surface of the Oxbridge myth

The term ‘Oxbridge’ usually conjures one of two images in the minds of the public. It can denote an exclusive institution full of wealthy, bright young things and eccentric professors; a place of ‘dreaming spires’ and too much opulence, perfect for breeding out of touch posh future political leaders and prime ministers. Conversely, it can […]

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The rise and rise of the headphone disco

When Glastonbury Festival launched the UK’s first official ‘silent disco’ in 2005, onlooker Jill Hobson wasn’t a huge fan. She said: “I’d rather feel the music around me, when you feel the bass.” Student Hannah Kassimi and her friends admitted: “I don’t think we’d come back, this is probably just an experience”. In spite of […]

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Divisions between friends

At 20:30 on the 22 September 1994, NBC aired the first episode of a show that would go on to irreversibly transform an entire generation’s relationship with TV. Twenty years later, the names Joey, Ross, Rachel, Monica, Phoebe and Chandler have become indelibly etched onto the hearts and minds of millennials across the globe. However, […]

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Stressed out? Where to go when it all just gets too much

University is supposed to be putting us where we want to be in life, but where does it take us on the days that we are unsure? Where does it put us when our alarms go off and we hit snooze over and over again because that mood we were in last night didn’t go […]

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ISIS and the West

On September 10 this year, while the United States prepared for the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, President Obama announced plans for more airstrikes against jihadists in Iraq and Syria. They form part of the government’s strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS. Later, at a meeting in Paris, 24 countries vowed to do […]

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Postcards from the past: alumni messages for first years

On the top floor of Charles Stewart House on Chambers Street, amid constant fundraising campaigns and the birthing of student development programmes, The University of Edinburgh’s Development and Alumni Office has been receiving messages from well-wishers for this year’s intake of new students. University alumni were contacted over the summer holidays and provided with postcards […]

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‘Should I stay or should I go?’ Year abroad dilemmas

With the start of each new year at The University of Edinburgh comes a wave of new students to the city. While many of the unfamiliar faces belong to first year students, the university draws visiting students from international partners around the world. The appeal of spending a semester or even a full year in […]

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The Scottish Revue

As campaigning over the Scottish Referendum draws to a close, we examine the mistakes the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ camps have made.  Now that the panic at Better Together has subsided, as the ‘Yes’ vote narrowly somersaulted over ‘No’ in the polls, only for the pendulum to swing back again the other way, the one thing […]