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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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Liberation on a House of Cards: Reflection of a Trans Woman in Academia

CW: Transphobia It is well known that the sciences have a problem with inclusivity. Women are not particularly welcome in engineering and even social science departments remain a hotbed of transphobia. But there is a deeper conflict in how academia shapes your thinking that is not really talked about. Be it the focus on empirical […]

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I thought myself a giant once

Horizons upon horizons  They say they are never ending. I thought myself a giant once,  Where I could grasp horizons the same way I did life’s supposedly endless opportunities. But this giant has never felt so small,  And the horizon has never seemed so far away. Even giants fall you see,  Once in a while.  […]

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Lemonade Think Bubble

It was another dull quarantine day until I sipped my glass of lemonade. April sun streamed through it and cast a bright pattern across the desk. Lounging about the house I saw these reflected and refracted mosaics everywhere: a basin; a bowl; a mug and remembered that similar shimmerings are seen at pools too. My […]

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Reflecting on New Year’s Resolutions: Successes and Failures

The beginning of January 2019 – just as in 2018, 2017, 2016 and so on – was punctuated by friends and family all stating their New Year’s Resolutions and self-improvements that were to come throughout the year. The resolutions made were old classics: loose weight, exercise more, work harder, try to be a better person. […]