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Coronavirus Cases Soar in Scotland

This article was originally submitted on the 26th March As Covid restrictions ease across the UK and Europe, hospital cases have continued to hit record highs in Scotland. Last week, one in eleven people tested returned positive results.  As a result of this increase, three hospitals in Lanarkshire were reported as beyond full. Since then, […]

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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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Online exams and Restriction Exhaustion

In an unsurprising yet disappointing move, Durham University announced this week that its exams for the 2021/22 period will remain online. Edinburgh will not be far behind: in an email to students from Colm Harmon in late October, prospects for further opening this year were made out as overwhelmingly bleak. Yet again, the narrative of […]

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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 Limbo: Are we all in it together?

I’d like to start by saying that I understand the frustration felt by students world-over. Time and time again we are to blame for whatever social crisis is at play and COVID is no different. Whenever I scrolled through my twitter feed earlier this year I’d find some middle-aged person complaining that young people, students […]

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Covid fines imposed for second year

Students studying at the University of Edinburgh this year have once again been required to sign a Covid-19 related code of conduct in order to matriculate. The ‘Good Citizen Guide’, in addition to the university’s normal ‘Code of Student Conduct’, gives the university the power to fine, suspend or expel students for breaching the university’s […]

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Shut up about ‘freedom’, lets be smart for once

The notion that covid is over and we should all get back to how our lives were before is inherently absurd and anyone who believes it is either selfish or an idiot. Believing that we can simply self-police indicates a significant shortage of smarts. Cases in Scotland are falling (for the umpteenth time) but, at […]

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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 […]