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The Tab: garbage reading for garbage people

ab is to The Student as The Sun is to ‘Gardeners Weekly: a daily roundup of manure, fertiliser and all things brown and squishy’…

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EUSA presidential candidate Alfie Garland: I am offering you a student union

This year, we’re not running a normal campaign. A year of lockdown, hybrid learning, and no Big Cheese has taken its toll. Student engagement has folded, and with good reason. It is hard to have faith in a system which drip-feeds you incomplete information. This needs to change. This drawn-out crisis has left us with […]

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EUSA presidential candidate Jason Gallagher: It’s time to be heard, Edinburgh

My name is Jason Gallagher and I’m running for EUSA president for a multitude of reasons. We have all witnessed during this pandemic how students have been ignored, vilified and victimised. I remember seeing reports of Edinburgh university handing out incorrect meals to first year students lured from their home with the promise of a […]

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The Student meets Alfie Garland

This interview forms part of a series of interviews that The Student will conduct with presidential nominees in the run up to the Edinburgh University Students’ Association elections that will begin on Monday 8 March. Alfie Garland is currently an Archaeology Ambassador within the School of History, Classics and Ancient Civilisations. He is also a […]

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Student politics is dying, and this election could be the final blow

You do not have to wait for the dust to settle to see the rubble of democracy on campus. Students have never been less engaged with the democratic process despite it never being more crucial that their voices are heard. The highest profile vote on campus is the Sabbatical Officer elections. It is where we […]

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The EUSA budget has been wasted, and we are all to blame

I can proudly claim to be one of approximately 30 people who had little enough going on to attend the Student Council meeting on 27 February (a real achievement, I know). These are forums where the Sabbatical Officers give a report on what they have achieved over the last month and which allow the student […]

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The NUS Conference was an overwhelming success. So why the obsession with ‘jazz hands’?

Last March, I was honoured to be elected as part of Edinburgh’s delegation to the NUS national conference. As a first-year undergraduate student, it represented an exciting opportunity to engage with student issues, and to represent our university’s students at a national level. I was also apprehensive. The NUS has been the subject of much […]

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The referendum was an unfair ambush on students. Vote no.

When you send emails laying out why the referendum breaches EUSA’s regulations to the ‘neutral’ returning officer and receive a reply from the student President (the leader of the ‘Yes’ campaign) laying out why he thinks everything is fine, it is clear there’s something very wrong. There’s been a worrying lack of democracy all year […]