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Public consultation to be held on Edinburgh’s links to slavery

A public consultation has been opened on Edinburgh’s links to colonialism and slavery. The Edinburgh Slavery and Colonialism Review Group was launched in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protest and aims to assess the legacy of slavery in the capital. It is formed of people from diverse backgrounds who live or work in […]

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Critical readers piloted as university reshapes curriculum

The University of Edinburgh has recently announced plans to hire ‘critical readers,’ who will play a role in shaping the university curriculum.  These readers, who will be taken from the school of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, will be responsible for suggesting changes which will give greater prominence to writers and scholars who are from less […]

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Problems the pandemic only exacerbated

CW: racism, discrimination, hate crime In a year where we’ve been glued to our screens more than ever before, reports of social injustices appear almost unprecedented. However, racism, discrimination and mental health aren’t new phenomena…far from it in fact. So why do they now appear to be at the forefront of our discussions, social media […]

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The Lifestyle guide to uncomfortable conversations

CW: suicide, racism When was the last time you saw the effects of white privilege first-hand? Or noticed you were being treated in a certain way due to your gender? Acknowledging issues of inequality can be uncomfortable and is often left unaddressed due to stigma. This mentality has been commonplace in past years, but 2020 […]

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The Student on performative activism

It is past time we came to the realisation that an Instagram post probably won’t change the world. More and more, I am seeing trite social media posts that purport to inform, but in fact trivialise serious issues. They require no effort to share, and are often posted by individuals who show little sense of […]

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An interview with Deborah Kayembe, the University of Edinburgh’s new Rector

Deborah Kayembe, a prominent human rights lawyer and activist who came to the UK as a refugee, has been elected unopposed as the University of Edinburgh’s 54th Rector.  Assuming office on 1st March, Ms Kayembe’s will be an historic appointment as she becomes the University’s first Black Rector, and the third female Rector after her predecessors Ann […]

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Gen Z: Internet Addicts or Digital Revolutionaries?

Gen Z are truly an intriguing set of individuals – they have little to no memory of the world before modern technology, they grew up alongside the creation of social media, and for many the internet served as a surrogate parent, adding a new dimension to their worldly education. The raising of Gen Z feels […]

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If Black lives are to matter, we must start valuing Black history

As October drifts into November, the clocks go back, the nights arrive early and any memories that lingered of a now distant summer seem to fade away. As October ends, so too ends Black History Month, which by its very nature somewhat absurdly suggests that the entire history of Africa and its descendants can be […]