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Centre for Research Collections series: Violins Without Sides

Edinburgh student life typically includes frequent trips to Niddry Street off the Cowgate, home to a real institution within Edinburgh’s nightlife: Hive. But there is another hidden jewel on Niddry Street, just opposite the infamous nightclub. St Cecilia’s Hall, where the University of Edinburgh’s musical instrument collection lives, is a space which celebrates music throughout […]

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Edinburgh-based start-up brings charity shops to the web

One Cherry is the fruit of both a vision and a necessity. In May 2017, University of Edinburgh student Anton Puzorjov and two of his friends had decided to participate in the annual Climate Launchpad competition for green business ideas. After two nights of brainstorming about how to build an environmentally- and wallet-friendly business, a […]

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Interview with Jeremy Hodges – Robert Louis Stevenson biographer

Robert Burns Day has been celebrated every year without fail since 1801, so to some it was inconceivable that there has been no official day to celebrate the life and work of Robert Louis Stevenson, the man who gave us the infamous rum-drinking and wooden-legged pirates.   This became the incentive for creating Robert Louis […]

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Society Spotlight: History Society

With more than 800 members, four intramural sports teams, and a busy events schedule, the History Society is one of the largest and most vibrant societies on our campus. Ruby Trudgen, involved in the society since her early days at university and incumbent president, describes “an extremely pro-active, dedicated and enthusiastic committee” that is constantly […]

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This Week in History: The Person’s Case, October 19th, 1927

Young generations must not take present rights for granted – what may sound like an empty phrase can be confirmed by a short look at the recent legal history of so-called developed countries. On 19 October 1927, a case on whether women could be considered ‘capable persons’ and appointed to the Senate – which became […]

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This Week in History: ban on industry strikes in the USSR

On 4 October 1989, a new legislation regulating the right to strike came into force in the USSR. This was both a result of and a trigger for confrontation between the powerful Soviet bureaucracy and the workers in the country. The new law entailed a ban on strikes in industries considered essential to the well-being […]

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Four-person Pegida march sparks 200-strong counter demonstration in Edinburgh

The far-right group Pegida (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West) failed to stage a mass march in the streets of Edinburgh on Saturday, after only four supporters turned up. Unite Against Facism (UAF) and other activists, meanwhile, gathered around 200 anti-Pegida protestors outside the Scottish Parliament to oppose the radical group. After waiting […]

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UKIP announces Scotland budget cut to pay for tax breaks

The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) plan to take billions of pounds from Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish budgets to fund English tax breaks. The controversial proposal was announced at the party’s final conference before the general elections in May. UKIP’s plan foresees the abolition of subsidies for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The measure […]