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VP Community Beth Simpson on tackling the housing crisis in Edinburgh

When Beth Simpson ran to be the Students’ Association Vice President Community last year, her main interests lied in sustainability and in empowering students to create positive change. However, as she says, the issue of housing quickly came to the forefront and stayed dominant for the whole of her term, which is now coming to […]

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“The mould turned out to be toxic.” Horror stories from EUSA’s ‘Let’s Talk: Housing Crisis’

The standard and availability of student housing in Edinburgh is worsening, an issue central to concerns of the Edinburgh University Students’ Association and the student community at wide. On Thursday 20th January, the Students Association held their first Let’s Talk: Housing Crisis event online, giving students the opportunity to share their “experiences and frustrations with […]

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Students in Northern Ireland to receive £500 ‘disruption payment’

In an announcement by the Economy Minister for Northern Ireland, Diane Dodds, students were informed that they would receive a £500 “Covid Disruption Payment” to recognise the difficulties faced by students as a result of the pandemic. Students enrolled in institutions across the rest of the UK have, as of yet, not been offered an […]

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University of Edinburgh students join UK-wide accommodation rent strikes

The student-led group Rent Justice Edinburgh began a rent strike across university accommodation on 1 January 2021, with the intention of continuing until the university meets their demand of a 50 per cent rent reduction, joining 45 other universities across the UK.  On 19th January 2021 Rent Justice Edinburgh said to The Student: “On the 3rd of […]

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Open letter to the University: an interview

“Dissatisfied.” “Tired.” “Need Consistency.” These are all comments written on a University of Edinburgh Student Experience padlet wall created by Camilla, an MSc student. She arranged and co-wrote a recent open letter regarding the COVID-19 pandemic addressed to the University of Edinburgh.  A few weeks before, she had posted in a postgraduate Facebook group about […]

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Sure, Mr Hancock, the cavalry is coming, but it’s not a COVID vaccine.

“If you’re not a liberal at 25, you have no heart, and if you’re not a conservative by 35, you have no brain”, is something Churchill obviously never said. Regardless of who said it, as young people, we should all be offended whenever we hear this sort of rhetoric, that patronising pat on the head […]

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Students are being failed by their accommodation providers during lockdown

Covid-19 is not only affecting people’s health across the world, but also their financial security, their mental wellbeing and in many cases their sense of safety. During these hard times there have been lovely stories of people coming together while keeping their distance to get through this. However there remain some not so nice stories […]

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Scottish government proposes bill allowing students to break lease agreements early due to pandemic

The Scottish government has proposed a new bill to parliament this week which, if passed, will allow students to break lease agreements for accommodation that they are no longer using due to Covid-19. The proposal has been welcomed by the National Union of Students (NUS) Scotland, who said that student accommodation providers had “disgraced themselves” […]