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Speculative Society announces ‘intention to admit female members’ amid criticism

The Student investigation reveals senior staff objections to the Society’s privileged position within The University of Edinburgh, secret legal advice the university sought over the secretive club, and how senior management granted the Society access to university property with no formal oversight.   One of the world’s oldest debating clubs is to admit women members […]

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Still “Paying for their privilege”

                One of the world’s oldest debating clubs has been given six months to admit women members and open its doors to the public, a two-page review by the University of Edinburgh has concluded. The Speculative Society, known as the “Spec” to its invited members, has held black-tie […]

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A sudden, deafening silence

The University of Edinburgh is currently reviewing its “historic relationship” with the Speculative Society, and has been doing so since March. In March, The Student revealed that: the Society paid no rates or rent to the University for use of its halls and had not contributed to the upcoming £35 million Old College redevelopment project, […]

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No alarms and no surprises

Earlier this month, the media trade magazine Press Gazette launched the ‘Save Our Sources’ campaign to prevent public authorities spying on journalists’ phone records. The campaign followed revelations that the Metropolitan Police (the Met) had secretly obtained the mobile phone records of Tom Newton Dunn, political editor for The Sun, in order to identify whistleblowers […]