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How can we progress when our colonial past is celebrated in public squares?

CW: slavery Our country is a trophy cabinet for colonial figures. As I walk through Edinburgh’s streets, the large stone men on top of horses and pillars loom across the…

University rebukes claims of racism by Scotland’s first black professor 

Scotland’s first black professor, Sir Geoff Palmer, recently accused two University of Edinburgh academics of racism amidst Edinburgh’s slavery review. The claims came after academic Jonathan Hearn published an article…

Addressing the Legacy of Slavery and Empire at National Trust of Scotland

As the largest conservation charity in Scotland, with around 130 properties under their management, the National Trust Scotland (NTS) has both the resources and responsibility to educate the public about…

Edinburgh professor secures memory of daring escape from slavery

A professor at the University of Edinburgh has successfully secured a ‘blue plaque’ in memory of two escaped slaves and abolitionist campaigners. An English Heritage London blue plaque will now…

When it comes to slavery, 40 George Square should worry us more than DHT

In the weeks since taking action to rename David Hume Tower, the University of Edinburgh has become an international laughing stock. News articles and opinion pieces from around the world…

‘Slavery was hard and so is this’: PureGym misses the mark

October’s here, meaning bronzed leaves abound and early dusks now fill the sky. Halloween isn’t the only celebration that is beholding the nation, as Black History Month captures the heart…

The University of Edinburgh should not pay reparations for slavery

Earlier this month, The Student was sent an open letter addressed to the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art. We could not fulfil their request to print the…

Edinburgh’s historical association with the transatlantic slave trade

The history of Scotland’s capital is mostly rich, varied and deeply enthralling, yet unfortunately, when it comes to its association with slavery, Edinburgh possesses a still visible, disturbing legacy. As…