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The Conservative Party and the Politics of Pandemic Recovery

One could be forgiven for missing the announcement last week of the government’s decision to go ahead with the proposed 1.25% increase in National Insurance – a tax on earnings paid by both employer and employee set to come into force in April. The move, which ministers have repeatedly downplayed in recent media appearances, will […]

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Burnout: Students feel it too

In 2019, the International Classifications of Diseases in 2019 was updated with a new definition of burn-out. WHO now recognises three diagnosable symptoms: feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; feeling negative towards one’s career; and reduced professional productivity. [source] So why, in a pandemic which forced the world to a standstill, has burn-out become almost […]

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Activism vs. the Pandemic

There are many reasons for which this time of year awakens the idea of new beginnings. From resolutions you may or may not keep, to the gym membership you forced yourself to buy, it’s a time for saving and adjusting to life as normal again after the merry, consumer madness of December.  This is precisely […]

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How are food and fuel shortages affecting students?

As the United Kingdom begins to reopen and recover from the pandemic, supply chain issues have become a problem across the nation. With these problems now expected to last until Christmas, more and more people are experiencing the effects of shortages. The government explained that due to Brexit, the pandemic and other general economic conditions, […]

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Big Cheese returns

The Edinburgh University Students’ Association has recently revived their popular student club night, Big Cheese.  The event, which takes place at the Venue in Potterrow on Saturday nights, had been postponed since March 2020 due to Covid-19, and so returned on 2 October to exhilarated crowds of students.  The atmosphere was definitely one of excitement.  […]

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Controversial Scandi-Bar had £400,000 price tag

The University of Edinburgh’s Scandi-bar, designed to provide students with additional hospitality space during the pandemic, was recently revealed to have cost £416,361.60 to build despite being open for only 61 days.  The project’s price tag has been at the centre of a dispute between the university, its students, and local businesses, who have condemned […]

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University offers no places through clearing

Contrary to previous years, the University of Edinburgh has made the decision not to offer any places through clearing for the 2021/22 academic year.  This system typically offers students another opportunity to attend university, after they have not met the requirements for their firm or insurance choices.  A spokesperson for the University of Edinburgh has […]

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EUSA calls for tuition fee refunds

On the 3rd August 2021, a Tuition Fee Refund Report was sent to the University of Edinburgh Senior Leadership Team by the Edinburgh University Students’ Association. This follows a Student Council motion that took place in February. The report outlines the impact that the pandemic has had on students’ university experience over the course of […]