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Online exams and Restriction Exhaustion

In an unsurprising yet disappointing move, Durham University announced this week that its exams for the 2021/22 period will remain online. Edinburgh will not be far behind: in an email to students from Colm Harmon in late October, prospects for further opening this year were made out as overwhelmingly bleak. Yet again, the narrative of […]

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Library services to broaden but ‘click and collect’ to end

The University of Edinburgh’s Library services are to be expanded in line with the easing of lockdown restrictions on Monday 26 April, however not all students are happy with the overall timing and the closure of ‘click and collect’ services. With Scotland set to revert to a tiered system of restrictions from Monday 26 May, […]

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Rhyme of the Times: state of poetry in schools

Poetry is not dying with a ‘dying fall’ as the poet TS Elliot might have said, and as Edinburgh academics certainly say, even though it’s been downgraded to ‘optional’ in parts of GCSE exams. Studying a poetry collection, an anthology, will no longer be compulsory in English Literature GCSE exams this year after OFQA, the […]

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Exams disaster: Answer leaks and question mistakes cause chaos

December exams riddled with mistakes have angered students already under strain from a chaotic semester. An Architecture MA exam has had to be rescheduled after the teacher accidentally uploaded the answers instead of the exam. Staff also had to issue apologies for two Maths exams where typos meant the questions were impossible to answer. Postgraduate […]

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Exams fiasco: back to the drawing board?

“Ask me my three main priorities for government, and I tell you: education, education and education”, Tony Blair famously declared in 1996. Of course, he was right, even if he didn’t stay true to his word. Access to a good education is indeed the silver bullet for many young people’s problems across the globe. It’s […]

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Sure, Mr Hancock, the cavalry is coming, but it’s not a COVID vaccine.

“If you’re not a liberal at 25, you have no heart, and if you’re not a conservative by 35, you have no brain”, is something Churchill obviously never said. Regardless of who said it, as young people, we should all be offended whenever we hear this sort of rhetoric, that patronising pat on the head […]

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University cancels first and second-year exams, moves teaching online

The University of Edinburgh has cancelled all first and second-year semester 2 final exams, and lectures are to be delivered online, beginning on the 23rd March, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Additionally, students in year three and beyond will sit their exams through an online format. The decision, announced on Friday 13th March via email […]

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A look into hypnotherapy for exam stress

Exams are a stressful time. So much depends on you passing or getting a particular mark. While some stress can be good to focus your mind, too much can affect our mental health and make us feel overwhelmed, making it difficult to concentrate on anything, let alone studying for exams. Stress is generally considered the […]