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International Women’s Day moved online as expected

Monday 8 March marks International Women’s Day, with this year’s theme being ‘Choose to Challenge’. The day has existed across the world in some form for over a hundred years, with every year since 1996 having a different theme. Its main aims, according to the official website, are “to celebrate achievements; raise awareness about women’s […]

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Chancellor extends furlough scheme as Sturgeon mulls lockdown

In a significant climbdown, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the furlough scheme (or Job Retention Scheme) would be extended across the UK until the end of March. It comes only weeks after Sunak insisted that it was right to wind-down the furlough scheme at the end of November and move to the less […]

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Will national lockdowns work this time? Wales could be an early indicator

It is not difficult to see that Covid is spiralling out of control in the four countries of the United Kingdom and indeed globally. Northern Ireland is in the middle of a four-week national lockdown, Wales are progressing through their two-week national ‘firebreaker’, here in Scotland we are coming to the end of our (originally […]

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Johnson announces national lockdown in England as Sturgeon urges against non-essential travel

Boris Johnson has tonight announced a new national lockdown for England, coming into force from Thursday and remaining in place until 2 December.  In an announcement reminiscent of Johnson’s initial “stay at home” announcement in March, the new measures include the closing of non-essential retail and hospitality, a ban on mixing with other households indoors, […]

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Edinburgh University Students’ Association warns of £1.4 Million debt

Following the First Minister’s announcement on Wednesday 7th October that all licensed premises in the central belt must shut their doors, the Edinburgh University Students’ Association has warned staff that cuts will have to be made in order to balance out the books over the next five years. In an email sent to staff on Monday 12th […]

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Tiered system announced in Scotland as Wales begins firebreak lockdown

As Covid-19 cases continue to rise across the UK, new restrictions and local lockdowns continue to be introduced. In Scotland, new rules on the use of face coverings in the workplace came into force on the 19th October. Workers are required to wear face coverings in all communal areas, including corridors and canteens. Restrictions put into […]