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1.8 million students are being ignored during this pandemic over fee refunds. They shouldn’t be

It is a truism that this ‘unprecedented’ global pandemic has so dramatically altered the ways of life we all took for granted. For some, the economic effects of lockdown or the physical impacts of the disease itself have been felt harder than others. But for the UK student population, the situation has raised some important […]

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Chrystal Macmillan Building Occupied

On the morning of Wednesday 4 March, the Student-Staff Solidarity Network Edinburgh released a statement stating that the Chrystal Macmillan Building (CMB) has been occupied. This is the third occupation to happen this academic year after David Hume Tower (unofficially named Mairi Mhor Nan Oran Tower, or MMOT) and Appleton Tower. The Student interviewed two […]

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Teaching staff make a stand at the picket line: Striking lecturer speaks to The Student

The teaching strikes have now entered their third week, with teaching staff walking out for a second time in the last five months to challenge issues surrounding their pensions, workload and precarious contracts. This comes after the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) secretary, Jo Grady, reaffirmed the union’s commitment to be “prepared to take serious […]

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Teach out: Edinburgh’s role in the slave trade

Last week, Edinburgh University’s History Society and African Caribbean Society hosted a Teach Out, called ‘How Slavery Changed a City: Edinburgh’s Slave History’. Speakers Professor Sir Geoff Palmer OBE, Professor Diana Paton and Lisa Williams, led a conversation as relevant today as it was 200 years ago. Professor Sir Geoff Palmer, Scotland’s first black professor, […]

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Why you should kick off about the strikes

As hopefully, most of us are aware the University and College Union (UCU) announced 14 days of industrial action, set to take place from 20th February to 13th March. They are now in full swing. As already witnessed in November, strikes rampaged across many UK Universities, with the dispute focusing on pay and working conditions, […]

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Why you should back your striking lecturers

You probably feel like you’ve seen this all before. Another round of strikes, another fortnight of inconvenience, another sanctimonious editorial telling you why you should be more sympathetic. It’s entirely understandable why students, driven by passionate interest in their subject, desire to attain good grades and, let’s face it, frustration at a lack of remuneration, […]

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Principal and Vice-Chancellor Peter Mathieson addresses UCU strikes in interview

Peter Mathieson, the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, gave an interview to students Honor Crean and Grace Volante about the current UCU strikes and other topics. The interview was conducted as part of the ‘Espresso Series’ radio show, through FreshAir.org.uk. Crean and Volante described its purpose as discussing with Mathieson “…his relations […]

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Key dates and important information for upcoming UCU strikes

On 3 February, the University and Colleges’ Union (UCU) announced a second round of strikes beginning on 20 February. This news comes after a eight day round of strikes took place at the end of the last academic semester. With these strikes looming, we have compiled some information for those out of the loop. When […]