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Instagram account shines light on institutional rape culture

TW: rape, sexual assault Following the murder of Sarah Everard, the online platform Everyone’s Invited has seen a surge in testimonies of sexual assault linked to schools and universities across the UK. The website, founded in June 2020 by Soma Sara, invites people to submit anonymous testimonies of rape culture associated with schools or universities.  Currently the […]

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First Minister’s statement: return to ‘modified’ level 3 expected from April 26

In a statement on Tuesday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced further dates for lockdown easing, including lifting the ‘stay at home’ order from April 2 and the potential for the whole of Scotland to move down to level 3 by April 26, reaching level 0 by the end of June. The ‘stay at home’ guidance […]

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“Absolutely no budge” on no detriment policy from Russell Group, says VP Welfare

As her term in office nears its end, Vice President Welfare of Edinburgh University Students’ Association Niamh McCrossan said the University of Edinburgh is unlikely to U-turn and implement a ‘no detriment’ policy.  In an exclusive interview with The Student, she said: “This is something that we have pushed hard on, we are continuing to push hard on, […]

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Gavin Williamson announces measures designed to protect academic freedom

The Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced stringent new measures this week which aim to prevent free speech and academic freedom being infringed upon in higher education institutions. Upon implementation of the regulations, the Office for Students will be able to fine universities for breaching these rules. Williamson expressed concern that universities are no longer […]

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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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Erasmus+, worth all the fuss?

The surprise withdrawal of the UK from the Erasmus+ international exchange programme was one of the most unlikely and disappointing revelations of the post-Brexit trade deal. In an attempt to quash the devastation of many students and university staff, the UK government loudly and proudly proposed their shiny new Turing Scheme. This empty new proposal […]

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Stricter Covid-19 measures established after new spike in infections

After coronavirus cases have reached a record high, the Scottish government has introduced new restrictions regarding socialising, starting this week. This comes after chief medical advisors across the UK have moved the Covid-19 alert level from three to four, stating that transmission of the virus is “high or rising exponentially”. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon […]

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Loss of Erasmus Scheme could lead to challenge for UK students studying abroad

The Erasmus+ scheme offers students opportunities to study or work abroad and has existed since 1987. Over 50 EU and non-EU countries participate in the scheme, and eligible students are provided with a grant to help with living costs and the process of moving abroad. This is a unique feature of the Erasmus+ scheme, which […]