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Problems the pandemic only exacerbated

CW: racism, discrimination, hate crime In a year where we’ve been glued to our screens more than ever before, reports of social injustices appear almost unprecedented. However, racism, discrimination and mental health aren’t new phenomena…far from it in fact. So why do they now appear to be at the forefront of our discussions, social media […]

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Why the fashion industry needs a value overhaul

Over the course of the last year, the pace of life has drastically slowed down, allowing a number of important conversations to take place. Important power structures, from Hollywood, to the royal family, to our own university have been called upon to begin the momentous task of dismantling institutionalised patterns of discrimination.  However, the fashion […]

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LGBT+ Lifestyle

No place like home? The hidden LGBTQ+ housing struggle

Finding a place to live in Edinburgh is hard. Acquiring a safe and secure living space is akin to running a race in a housing market so competitive and brutal. The difficulty of this is, however, increased for those who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. This claim might raise an eyebrow or two: surely […]

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The University of Edinburgh is no better than Durham when it comes to southern elitism

A report from a Durham University student has exposed a “toxic culture” of elitism against those from the north-east region of England, typically prevalent among more privileged students from the south of England. North-east students, despite being local to Durham University, had their accents described as “feral”, as well as being discriminated against for their […]

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Features Lifestyle

The culture of colourism and why it needs to end

The culture of colourism continues to be a largely taboo subject, and we are looking to encourage this conversation. In essence, colourism is the prejudice or discrimination against individuals with dark skin tones, typically among the same ethnic or racial group. Most prevalent in the beauty and fashion industry, the issue of colourism is still […]

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Antisemitic graffiti found on University of Edinburgh campus

Content warning: antisemitism and strong language    Last week, antisemitic graffiti was found in the Christal McMillan Building toilets. The racial slur was photographed by fourth-year history student, Christopher Marland, who posted the photo on social media. The graffiti comes after a tumultuous few weeks for British Jewry that has included the hounding of a […]

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Rising hate crime should not be associated with pro-Brexit rhetoric

Police have warned against a predicted spike in hate crime upon the expected British exit from the European Union in March, mirroring the rise initially seen after the referendum in 2016. As unfortunate as this may be, it would be wrong to tarnish those that voted leave or the Brexit project as a whole for […]

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Pay gaps in academia are beyond unacceptable

Last week, the BBC released an eye-opening article detailing the ethnic pay gap between non-white academics and their white contemporaries. Essentially, many academics have been realising that, for equivalent jobs, they have been underpaid compared to their white co-workers.  Note that in a previous BBC article, 86 per cent of responses in a survey of […]