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Music

Assessing live concert accessibility in the UK

When you think about accessibility in the music scene, we mostly discuss making music accessible to patrons of festivals and concerts. Due to the work of Attitude is Everything, a charity who “connect disabled people with music and live event industries to improve access together”, there has been significant progress towards disabled access requirements being the norm […]

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News

Disabled students feel at a disadvantage due to inconsistent lecture recordings and academic support

Disabled students at the University of Edinburgh say that they may be at a disadvantage in assessments if they do not receive equal access to lecture recordings. Not all lectures at the University of Edinburgh are currently recorded as standard. Some courses cite “sensitive issues” as the reason for lectures not being recorded. This poses […]

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News

“Nothing short of incompetent” – Investigation by The Student finds dangerously unsafe toilets, inaccurate information plague university’s accessibility efforts

An investigation by The Student has found that the University of Edinburgh’s building accessibility information and provision suffers from outdated information and poor maintenance. Reporters found that dozens of accessible toilet emergency alarms had been tucked behind or wrapped around grab rails, putting the lives of mobility impared people at risk. Further, over one-third of […]

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Culture Theatre

Disability and Theatre

For most people, theatre is a space of creation, community, and voice. Theatre means a neutral environment to pursue your love of creativity and finding identity. For people with disabilities, theatre is not a neutral place. There are still harmful stereotypes of disability and narrative prostheses lingering in theatre productions.  Recently, theatres are being criticised […]

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News

Growing calls for the university to make in-person teaching more accessible

Whilst the long-awaited rise in delivery of in-person teaching this semester has been met with great relief and satisfaction by many, its tangible impacts in the wake of rising Omicron cases and the subsequent requirement for self-isolation, have undoubtedly caused a plethora of practical difficulties for others.  Evidently, in-person teaching was high on the university’s […]

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Culture Literature

Is 2021 publishing’s blank page?

Even clichés bear repeating sometimes: no industry has been left untouched by the effects of COVID-19. Though reading is by nature easily enjoyed in the solitary and socially-distant safety of one’s home, the business of publishing that shapes what we read has suffered from the abrupt end of live events, demise of office routines, and […]

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Culture Literature

A love letter to bookshops

With the loosening of lockdown restrictions allowing all shops, stores, and close contact services to reopen from the 26th of April, it will be hard to not be overwhelmed by the amount of retail therapy that will soon be available. Above all, I am most looking forward to getting inside a bookshop again.  Online shopping […]

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Comment Student Experience

“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 […]