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A letter from your Editor-in-Chief

Dear Editors, I can’t believe it’s already April and that I’ve been EiC for two months. It’s a surreal feeling to think that we’ve done so much in so little time. But honestly, when does it not feel like that at The Student. Editors come and go, EiCs are the same. I just hope that in […]

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Big fanfare, few meaningful actions

This week The Student reported that the University of Edinburgh has failed to truly end fossil fuel investments. Despite announcing to great fanfare that “the University has divested from fossil fuels,” as permitted by the wording of the announcement, they continue to hold £39.1 million in BlackRock who have refused to divest from extractive industries. In the […]

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Breaking the silence

CW: sexual assault I still remember the first time my mother told me not to smile too much when taking a walk. Keep your head down, she used to tell me. You don’t want to attract negative attention. A mother of two daughters in a city known for its violence, she was afraid for us. […]

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When it comes to slavery, 40 George Square should worry us more than DHT

In the weeks since taking action to rename David Hume Tower, the University of Edinburgh has become an international laughing stock. News articles and opinion pieces from around the world have weighed in on the decision to rebrand the building as 40 George Square, almost unanimously to decry the call as ludicrous and poorly thought […]

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The ways in which J.K. Rowling’s critics silence trans voices

Content warning: discussion of misogyny and transphobia; mentions of domestic abuse and sexual assault There are few current issues which inspire as much rancour as the debate over trans self-identification, and no individual, surely, who receives as much vitriol for their views on the subject as the author J.K. Rowling. She has been involved in […]

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A message from an editor in quarantine

Given that every editorial I’ve written thus far has been fired-up and direct, some might expect that my coronavirus editorial would be instructive or angry — something about how people should be taking this more seriously, how governments around the world are failing to respond adequately, or a bleak outlook on how life will never […]

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Liberation movements: Impressions of Identity and technological echo-chambers

Growing up in twenty-first India, a nation nursing the wounds of its harrowed colonial past, provides an insightful overview into how the wheels of liberation movements are carried across intergenerational timelines. Seventy-two years since India disentangled herself from her colonial clutches and emerged independent, everyday stories of everyday people standing resolute, injected with valour, having […]

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Edinburgh’s Brexit

With so many flavours of Brexit currently on the political table, it is often tempting to avoid political engagement at all costs. Long days spent in the library and long nights spent on Cowgate have made many students apathetic and fostered a sense that, at least for now, Brexit is a somehow distant reality. While […]