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Tenants in all Scottish uni-owned halls granted rent freeze, but no guarantee for private halls

Tenants’ rights minister Patrick Harvie has said in parliament that tenants in purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) will receive the “same level of protection” from the recently announced rent freeze and eviction moratorium as private tenants. However, it is unclear whether this means that tenants in PBSA will have their rents capped at 6 September levels, […]

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Upcoming Criminal Justice Bill to include scrapping of ‘not proven’ verdict

A proposed amendment to Scots law, unveiled by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in early September as part of the upcoming Criminal Justice Bill, means that the ‘not proven’ verdict will likely be scrapped. A verdict of ‘not proven’ allows a jury to acquit a defendant when they feel there has not been enough evidence provided […]

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Scottish Government to back ‘buffer zones’ for abortion services

On Tuesday 6 September Nicola Sturgeon announced that the Scottish Government will support Gillian Mackay MSP’s Safe Access Zones Bill. The Bill was proposed by Mackay, a member of the Scottish Greens, in partnership with abortion rights campaign Back Off Scotland. It proposes to introduce safe access zones of 150 metres around reproductive healthcare sites […]

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Four protesters along Edinburgh royal procession routes arrested for breaches of the peace

Four protesters have been arrested in Edinburgh in relation to breaches of the peace during royal processions following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The first arrest occurred on Sunday 11 September at the ceremony of the proclamation of the Prince Charles as the new King. As crowds gathered, a 22 year old student of […]

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University of Edinburgh to close on Monday for Queen’s state funeral

All teaching will be cancelled or rescheduled, and all University buildings will close for staff and students for non-essential business. The University of Edinburgh has announced in an email to all students and staff that the University will be closed on Monday 19 September for the Queen’s state funeral. All teaching, both online and in […]

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Edinburgh students “living on couches”, unable to rent flats as Freshers Week looms

Many students who study in Edinburgh have been finding it impossible to find accommodation and are facing commutes from other cities, or living on other people’s sofas.  The Student spoke to several students looking for flats in the increasingly competitive and expensive Edinburgh housing market. Mair Thomas, 19, is a student of nursing at Edinburgh […]

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In Conversation with EUTV – SPIKED: A Student Safety Crisis 

CW: Spiking, sexual violence SPIKED: A Student Safety Crisis is the new documentary by Edinburgh University Television (EUTV). The documentary is a great watch; it is informative, important and, at times, emotional. The Student sat down with the five students involved in its production –  Momo, the presenter; Chloe, the president of EUTV, who also […]

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The Spotted History of the NSS

Started in 2005, the National Student Survey (NSS) is a yearly national study aimed at final year undergraduate students with the aim to gather students’ views on their courses. Whilst it remains a key source of data on student opinion, to say it is without flaw would be misguided. From its links to the controversial […]