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Gordon Aikman Reclaimed: Was it worth it? 

This article was originally submitted on the 26th March The Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre was occupied by students from the Staff-Student Solidarity Network Edinburgh, Youth In Resistance Edinburgh, and the Edinburgh University Justice for Palestine Society.  The takeover began on Saturday March 19 and lasted until Friday March 25.  The occupation had several aims: to […]

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Youth Climate protestors take over Main Library

Shortly before 2pm on Thursday, several dozen activists of the Youth Climate Swarm and People & Planet environmentalist groups occupied the entrance of the Main Library in protest of perceived inaction by the University of Edinburgh on climate change matters. According to several occupiers who spoke to The Student, Thursday’s occupation was specifically in protest […]

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Chrystal Macmillan Building Occupied

On the morning of Wednesday 4 March, the Student-Staff Solidarity Network Edinburgh released a statement stating that the Chrystal Macmillan Building (CMB) has been occupied. This is the third occupation to happen this academic year after David Hume Tower (unofficially named Mairi Mhor Nan Oran Tower, or MMOT) and Appleton Tower. The Student interviewed two […]

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Students occupy David Hume Tower in support of striking staff

On Tuesday morning, at around 6 am, a group of University of Edinburgh students occupied the David Hume Tower at George Square in support of striking staff at the university. The action came on the second day out of eight of the ongoing UCU strikes taking place at universities across the country. Social media representing […]

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BREAKING: UCU votes in record numbers to accept proposals and suspend further industrial action

Today UCU members have voted in record numbers  to accept a proposal approved by UUK to resolve the pensions dispute . 63.5 per cent of UCU members turned out to vote with 64 per cent voting in favour and 36 per cent voting against the new proposal. According to the UCU website the new proposal […]

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BREAKING: Student occupation to continue

The Occupation of George Square Lecture on the university’s central campus will continue despite the end of the UCU strikes, it was announced today. The Occupation has been renamed the Edinburgh Futures Institute, mocking the current expansion on Quartermile. At 2.30 pm today, a ribbon was cut outside the lecture theatre, ‘unveiling’ the Edinburgh Futures […]

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Divestment Occupation: University should not let protestors get their way

Let us put views about fossil fuel divestment aside and first consider the events that brought us to where we are today. In October 2014, the University’s Central Management Group agreed to a request from EUSA to consider divestment from fossil fuels and armaments companies, and formed the Fossil Fuels Review Group to consider the […]