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University “reviewing its relationships” with Russia 

This article was originally submitted on the 23rd March In an email to students last Monday, the principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, Professor Peter Mathieson, condemned the Russian invasion and expressed support for the people of Ukraine.  This comes after Universities UK, a group made up of 140 universities, condemned the invasion, […]

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Former University Rector criticises handling of transphobia allegations

The University of Edinburgh’s former Rector, Ann Henderson, has published an article criticising the institution’s handling of repeated ‘unsubstantiated public allegations of transphobia and abuse from a University of Edinburgh student organisation’ that ‘effectively went unchallenged by the University.’ The allegations described by Henderson began in August 2018, after Edinburgh Labour Students issued a public […]

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Peter’s year of tribulations

Apparently our university’s chancellor is Princess Anne. She is supposed to be one of the more popular royals, if you’re into that sort of thing. She is also the 1971 British Sports Personality of the Year and the former president of Save the Children. Who would have known? After all, she is our chancellor only […]

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Big fanfare, few meaningful actions

This week The Student reported that the University of Edinburgh has failed to truly end fossil fuel investments. Despite announcing to great fanfare that “the University has divested from fossil fuels,” as permitted by the wording of the announcement, they continue to hold £39.1 million in BlackRock who have refused to divest from extractive industries. In the […]

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The University must take steps to ensure that next year provides the experience we all deserve

This past academic year has been a bit of a nonstarter. It has been a year characterised by a lack of ambition, of motivation and a general sense of pointlessness. Fair few of us can really claim to have achieved anything, and those who can are just showing off and should shut up because they’re […]

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“…we do completely recognise that you feel that you have been disappointed by the university experience”: a Q&A with Peter Mathieson

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Mathieson participated in a Q&A event on Wednesday afternoon to answer questions from the student body about the rest of the semester and the next academic year.  Mathieson, along with other senior managers, responded to the most popular themes that had arisen from over 130 questions submitted by students prior […]

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UCU hits out at “scandalous pay inequalities” at the university

The University and College Union Edinburgh have criticised the pay disparity between senior management and other staff at the University of Edinburgh.  Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh Peter Mathieson received £392,053 in salary and other benefits for the last academic year, up from £385,455 in 2019.  The university’s median pay is £36,914 and is […]

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Peter Mathieson returns to full salary despite COVID cuts

Peter Mathieson, the University of Edinburgh’s principal, will have his pay restored to pre-Covid levels, a university spokesperson has confirmed. Last April, Mathieson stated the university was facing a drop in income ‘in the region of £70-150 million’, and announced cost-cutting measures including senior staff pay cuts. Since then, recruitment has been paused for six […]