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I have a new hero

Like many of my fellow stem students I spend little time in the main library on George Square. Though in my case it’s out of pure laziness rather than an increased proximity to King’s – though I do like their library more, a lack of ‘social scientists’ adds a certain air of legitimacy to the […]

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What do the latest coronavirus restrictions mean for students?

Coronavirus restrictions in Scotland began to ease on 17 January, as large outdoor events were permitted to resume. Mandatory face coverings remain in place on public transport and in public places in Scotland, although they are no longer required in England. From 24 January, restrictions on indoor events also changed to allow for nightclubs to […]

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First Semester in Review

As university life has returned to a semblance of normality following a period of sustained disruption and change, The Student has been speaking to undergraduates as they reflect on this semester. Uncertainty about a new mix of in-person and online teaching was commonplace among students at the start of the academic year. Timetabling decisions saw […]

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Edinburgh’s Christmas Market Returns

The popular Edinburgh Christmas Market is returning this year for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began.  As the second-largest Christmas event in the UK, it is sure to be a festive spectacle, with people travelling from around Scotland to visit.  Running between the 20th November – 4th January, attractions include Santa’s Grotto, an […]

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Covid fears move UCU rally online

The University and College Union (UCU) Scotland held an online rally on Thursday, December 2nd: the second day of strike action across the higher education sector. The hour-long event was originally planned to be in front of the Scottish Parliament building but was moved online amid fears of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, and live-streamed […]

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Vaccine passports – could they be extended to more venues?

The Covid-19 vaccine passport scheme will be reviewed on the 16 of November as to whether the scheme should be extended to include more venues. The scheme came into effect on18 October after a seventeen-day grace period.  The scheme has made it law that adults over the age of eighteen must show proof of vaccination […]

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Covid looms over COP26

While at least 25,000 delegates are flying in to attend the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland’s covid cases are a tenth of that number, standing at 2,566 new cases and 27 deaths as of Wednesday 27 October.  Of course, compared to England’s 43,922 cases on the same day, Scotland’s covid cases don’t even come close, […]

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Covid passport plans delayed

The requirement to provide covid vaccine certification to enter nightclubs in Scotland has been delayed and will now come into law on 18 October. The announcement of the delay was made by Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday 28 September shortly before the launch of the NHS Scotland Covid certification app on Thursday 30 September. The launch […]