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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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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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Covid testing centre gets positive reviews from students

The Covid testing centres at Pleasance Gym and St Leonard’s Land opened today, and generally students were impressed with the efficiency and sanitation. The testing centres are open until the 9th December and are serving all universities in Edinburgh, including Edinburgh Napier and Queen Margaret University. Students reported that there was almost no queuing time, […]

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Learn platform and Covid test booking site crash in the same week

Since the beginning of the semester, most teaching at the University of Edinburgh has been online. However, with both Learn, the University’s online academic platform, and the online booking system for the University’s coronavirus testing centre crashing over the weekend, many students are starting to question how effective the university’s online systems really are. Any […]

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Testing our patience – Edinburgh students unable to book Covid-19 tests

Following the Scottish Government’s announcement that they would utilise Covid -19 testing for the 60-80,000 students expected to travel home this Christmas, the University of Edinburgh announced plans for on campus testing.  These plans were solidified in an email from Deputy Secretary of Student Experience Gavin Douglas yesterday, with testing centres located at the Pleasance […]

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Coronavirus: Beyond the Fresher’s experience

The day begins at 8am. There is the daily routine: eat breakfast, brush teeth, get dressed. You find yourself in a rhythm of semi-normality before sitting at your desk for the rest of the day. Back pain ensues, even though you’re only twenty, and there is nowhere else to go outside the four walls of […]