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“Abandoned” students slam “immoral and corrupt” University and threaten a rent strike if their demands are not met

A group of University of Edinburgh students, who are residents in student accommodation, have come together under the collective “Rent Justice Edinburgh” to demand a reduction in rent. Their open letter to Peter Mathieson, vice-chancellor and principal of the University, outlines three demands that they say must be met or else they will attempt to […]

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International students fear further restrictions might impede return home

Amidst a tightening of self-isolation rules and further implementation of lockdown measures in University of Edinburgh halls, some international students have expressed dismay at what they perceive as the more relaxed attitude of some students towards the pandemic. Many international students are growing increasingly concerned about getting home for Christmas, with many facing several weeks […]

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If communication is key during a crisis, then why isn’t the UK doing it better?

As the number of COVID-19 cases rises, increasing numbers of cities across the UK are put under local lockdown and restrictions are once again introduced. But even the most cursory reading of these guidelines demonstrates that they are openly contradictory, and they are indicative of another epidemic that is plaguing the nation: confusion.   As a […]

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COVID-19 meets university: a host of misconceptions and false promises

Over a week ago, students were hit with yet another wave of COVID-related restrictions, with universities across Scotland placing students under what was essentially house arrest for a period of two days. Those found to be going to pubs, bars, restaurants, or even fraternising in households outside of their own, faced suspension from university. Yes, […]