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Unpaid labour: exploitation of tutorial leaders at the University of Edinburgh

Tutorial leaders are inadequately paid, overworked and under-supported according to data uncovered in an investigation by The Student. Though integral to the academic lives of the 25,951 undergraduates at the university, tutorial leaders are systematically exploited; the university fails to adequately pay their tutors for the amount of work that they are performing, grossly underestimating […]

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Preserving a community: an interview with Ian Hood from Save Leith Walk

Ian Hood, a founder of the Save Leith Walk campaign, stood in Bristo Square last week thrusting petitions into students’ hands. After agreeing to an interview, I met Ian, accompanied by his dalmation, in Black Medicine Coffee. Within minutes of launching into discussing the state of the campaign, it became apparent that this is an […]

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The stagnant state of student politics

Used in countries such as India, Venezuela and Brazil, online voting has long been cited as a potential cure for our ailing voter participation in the UK. Yet if the recent University of Edinburgh Students’ Association elections are anything to go by, the opposite appears to be true. In a university of roughly 41,000 eligible […]

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Dinosaur 94: An enlightening interview with the student band

Dinosaur 94 are fun. First coming onto my radar during the Edinburgh Fringe, I encountered Ed and Bertie once busking in Bristo Square, playing a set on Middle Meadow Walk and again at their flat watching a self written play. Asking about the band, and crucially the name, someone refers me to Ed, the ‘mum […]

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A lost childhood? How the digital age is changing our brains

Childhood has changed. As Antoine de Saint-Exupery writes in the The Little Prince “All grown-ups were once children … but only few of them remember it.” Yet, whether adults remember how to be a child is becoming increasingly irrelevant, as the children of today have to contend with a plethora of issues that arguably thrust […]

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What is the future for traditional news outlets?

Print media is dead, long live the Internet!’ Though possibly a bit premature,  the statistics demonstrate that the printed newspaper is going the way of the VHS and cassette. As people increasingly consume their news via the internet, the amount of people reading printed papers has decreased from 54 per cent to 38 per cent […]

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Male suicide and the ‘crisis of masculinity’

Content warning: suicide. One could say that the concept of masculinity is like Fight Club: the first rule is that you don’t talk about it. Indeed, this curious comparison is more pertinent than it may first appear; the inability of men to express their state of mind leaves a vast demographic of people ‘battered and […]

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Politicians in popular culture: funny or frustrating?

The spectacle of politicians wheeling themselves out in order to gain street cred reared its familiar head yet again last week with the emergence at the Emmy’s of former press secretary to the White House, Sean Spicer. Unfortunately, for many, Spicer missed the mark this time, and only sought to normalise the half truths and […]