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St John’s Road branded the “most polluted in Scotland”

St. John’s Road in Costorphine has been named Scotland’s most polluted street after levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air approached two times the legal limit. The street had previously held third place in the rankings. Located on the main route between the city of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Airport, St. John’s Road suffers from serious […]

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International students turn from UK amid tighter visa restrictions

A major survey has highlighted the increasing number of international students actively rejecting UK universities, identifying harsh post-study work options as the main reason. The Hobsons International Student Survey found that 32 per cent of the 45,000 prospective international students questioned had decided to study elsewhere after looking at, or applying to, a UK university. […]

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Higher Education Governance Bill draws criticism throughout academia

A Scottish government bill seeking to standardize the way universities govern themselves has drawn a chorus of criticism from university principals, rectors, and students associations. The bill, titled the Higher Education Governance Bill, would impose a set of regulations for how universities across the country could run themselves, with sections imposing regulations on Senate structures, […]

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Edinburgh hotel plans said to threaten World Heritage status

Newly released plans for construction developments around Calton Hill have been met with strong warnings and unconventional tactics from conservation groups in the city. The UK division of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (Icomos) has raised the prospect that the developments, which include two hotels to the east of Princes Street, pose a […]

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University officials delay key divestment decision

The University of Edinburgh Central Management Group (CMG) has delayed a final decision on fossil fuel divestment until next month, according to University officials and participants at its meeting this week. The meeting on Tuesday had been highly anticipated for the release of a three month report by the CMG on recommendations for University divestment, […]

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Effort to establish gender studies department makes gains

The effort to establish a gender studies department within the University of Edinburgh reached a key milestone last week with the opening of a new full-time position for a Gender Studies academic. The position, announced last Monday by Dash Sekhar, Vice President Academic Affairs of Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA), would involve co-ordinating a network […]

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Scottish universities may face £21m research cut

Scottish universities may be forced to bear a £21 million research funding cut from the Scottish Government next year, it has emerged. The surprise development was featured in an annual grant letter last week from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the public body responsible for allocating government funds to universities. According to the letter, £1.041 […]

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Rector 2015 – Presenting the Candidates

Ethan DeWitt interviews Peter McColl: What are some of your main accomplishments in the past three years? The things I think that we have achieved on are accommodation in the university: the university has grown substantially in the last 10 years, and the accommodation hadn’t caught up with that, and now with new developments going on […]