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60,000 extensions granted last year

The University of Edinburgh gave out more deadline extensions than the total number of students last year, a Freedom of Information Request has revealed. The university approved more than 60,000 requests from students to have more time to do their assessments in the 2020/21 academic year, despite the fact that there are only around 35,000 […]

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The Student speaks to Vice-Principal Colm Harmon

Although having worked at the University of Edinburgh in his role as Vice-Principal Students since October 2019, many students have come to know Professor Harmon from the e-mail updates that he has frequently sent to students this year.  Reflecting on what has been an undoubtedly difficult year for staff and students alike, Colm recognised that […]

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“Absolutely no budge” on no detriment policy from Russell Group, says VP Welfare

As her term in office nears its end, Vice President Welfare of Edinburgh University Students’ Association Niamh McCrossan said the University of Edinburgh is unlikely to U-turn and implement a ‘no detriment’ policy.  In an exclusive interview with The Student, she said: “This is something that we have pushed hard on, we are continuing to push hard on, […]

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Mathieson: ‘this is your fault’

The University of Edinburgh is scapegoating its students for its own failures. We can’t let them get away with it There’s a saying: accuse the other side of that which you are guilty. It’s pretty straightforward: when in danger of being exposed for your catastrophic failings, shift the blame elsewhere, divert the attention, create a […]

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“The services failed me”: investigation discovers university giving cold shoulder to vulnerable students

CW: suicide, racial violence “The funding and structure of the services failed me.” These are the words of ‘Hannah’, a current second-year student, who, in winter 2019, contacted university support services for help after her mental health significantly deteriorated. She was experiencing severe suicidal ideation as a culmination of previous complex mental health issues, the […]

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Majority of students surveyed support ‘no detriment’ policy

Following Colm Harmon’s email last week, The Student approached University of Edinburgh students, to gauge their reactions to the university’s rejection of a no detriment policy for final year students.In his email, Professor Harmon stated that the university introduced last year’s no detriment policy as ‘an emergency measure’.He stated, ‘while it is true that we […]

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Exclusive: The Student speaks to the fourth-year who started the ‘no detriment’ petition

As the UK plunged into yet another lockdown on 4 January 2020, a final year University of Edinburgh student started a petition urging the university to implement a ‘no detriment’ policy for fourth-year students.  Speaking to The Student about why they started the petition, they said:  “Last year’s ‘no detriment’ policy was a total lifeline for […]

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Russell Group and University of Edinburgh reject calls for new no detriment policy

Following calls by students to reinstate the no detriment policy of March 2020, the University of Edinburgh has chosen to support the Russell Group’s statement that such policies are neither “…necessary or appropriate this year”. After a semester of continued disruption to studies due to the Covid-19 pandemic, students across the UK have urged universities […]