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University closes 40 George Square study spaces

On February 4, The University of Edinburgh confirmed that the ‘noisy’ study spaces in 40 George Square have permanently closed. The quiet study space in 40 George Square, located within the New College Library on the building’s ground floor, will remain open. The university did not appear to inform students of the closure before it […]

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Study Spaces and How to Find Them: A Fresher Perspective

Freshers’ Week is often chaotic from the onset. From activity fairs to introductory talks and meeting new people to figuring out food costs. Even conquering the initial awkwardness of using the gym or finding someone (anyone) who has the same classes to ask “Is this really our timetable?” All these questions are part and parcel […]

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How hybrid is your hybrid learning?

With the new academic year beginning, many students waited to hear about how hybrid the hybrid learning at Edinburgh would be. Following an email at the end of last semester, the Vice Principle assured students they would have more in-person teaching next semester compared to the previous year, which for many of us was nothing.  […]

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Studying from home – tips, tricks and getting your reading fix

As I travel back to Edinburgh, I’m unsure of what’s going to greet me but I know I’ll arrive in a slightly different city to the one I left before lockdown. Studying from home (#SFH) this semester will no doubt make it a strange one, but it provides the chance to find a new way […]

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What should we be doing with our time during the ongoing strikes?

Whether you’re in full support of the lecturers’ strike or you are secretly thinking “how could you do this to me right before assignment season”, the impending industrial action doesn’t have to mean the be all and end all of academic success. Disruptions to class timetables are not an excuse to do nothing. In fact with less […]

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Virgin Britain: studies suggest that UK is not ready for sex

When it comes to those first time sexual encounters, Britons aren’t the earliest nor are they the latest, they are in fact, resolutely in the middle. With an average age of virginity loss at just under 18, we are on a European demographic as well as a global level, unremarkable. Yet a study has recently […]

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How to have a happy and productive revision period

It’s that time of year again- for festivities, brisk air, and candy canes, for frantically reviewing week three lecture slides, stifling sobs in the library toilets, and huddling up in blankets and pyjamas at 4 pm. It doesn’t have to be like that though, you could be the studying warrior you always hoped to be. […]

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Sparking stomachs: batteries from bacteria

Electricity generating bacteria are not a new discovery. They have previously been known to exist in hard to reach places such as at the bottom of lakes and mines. Given that we already knew such bacteria existed, what makes it newsworthy? Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that the production of electricity […]