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The Student investigates: in-person teaching

As University of Edinburgh students return to campus, an investigation by The Student finds that The University of Edinburgh is enforcing Covid restrictions beyond those required by the Scottish government, leaving many students with minimal face-to-face contact with academic staff each week.  Prior to the start of the 2021/22 academic year, the university pledged to […]

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VP Colm Harmon in conversation: next year on campus

As current students begin to return to campus and new first-year students move into halls of residence this week, The Student sat down with Professor Colm Harmon, Vice Principal Students at the University of Edinburgh, to find out what the student experience will look like this year.  Teaching  Whilst Professor Harmon is keen to emphasise […]

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Hybrid learning set to continue

On Monday, students at the University of Edinburgh received an email from Vice-Principal Colm Harmon outlining the university’s plans for the next academic year commencing in  September 2021, in which he stated that “large lectures/classes will need to be delivered digitally”.  After the 2020-2021 academic year was dominated by a hybrid teaching model, meaning a […]

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Another weekend of “complete chaos” in the Meadows

Temperatures in Edinburgh reached 16 degrees on Saturday, with Scotland’s ‘stay at home’ order lifted on Friday, meaning residents were free to go out without having a specific reason to do so.  However, outdoor gatherings are still limited to four people from two households, and it became clear on Saturday that larger groups were congregating […]

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The Student speaks to Vice-Principal Colm Harmon

Although having worked at the University of Edinburgh in his role as Vice-Principal Students since October 2019, many students have come to know Professor Harmon from the e-mail updates that he has frequently sent to students this year.  Reflecting on what has been an undoubtedly difficult year for staff and students alike, Colm recognised that […]

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Mathieson: ‘this is your fault’

The University of Edinburgh is scapegoating its students for its own failures. We can’t let them get away with it There’s a saying: accuse the other side of that which you are guilty. It’s pretty straightforward: when in danger of being exposed for your catastrophic failings, shift the blame elsewhere, divert the attention, create a […]

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Majority of students surveyed support ‘no detriment’ policy

Following Colm Harmon’s email last week, The Student approached University of Edinburgh students, to gauge their reactions to the university’s rejection of a no detriment policy for final year students.In his email, Professor Harmon stated that the university introduced last year’s no detriment policy as ‘an emergency measure’.He stated, ‘while it is true that we […]

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University of Edinburgh rejects calls for a ‘no detriment’ policy

In an email sent today, the Vice Principal Colm Harmon told students that the university would not be implementing a ‘no detriment’ policy in the light of recent new lockdowns.  When the first lockdown was initially announced in March 2020, the university adopted a ‘no detriment’ policy that provided students a safety net amidst the […]