History, Philosophy & Education
Let's imagine you wanted to seek asylum in the UK
CW: This article includes discussion of deportation and briefly mentions suicide.What sort of person is going to be seeking asylum? We first need to clarify exactly what an asylum seeker is; they are
The Most Important Movements of our Time
A few weeks ago, the oldest person in Scotland unfortunately passed away. She spent the latter years of her life living in my hometown, and I was lucky enough to have met her on a couple of occasions.
Progressive Students should join the SNP
On 9 March, Whitehall was a road awash with blood. Much of the grey tarmac of Westminster’s governmental thoroughfare was turned to a dark, sanguine red by the climate activists of Extinction
Turning the Tide on Climate Refugees
It came to my surprise sitting down with my family over Easter, that right there, on BBC One at 9pm on a Thursday evening, was a mention of something that had been neglected ever since the inception
Aufstehen, Germany's imperfect if promising new Left Populism
Germany is often seen as the industrial success story and beating heart of the Eurozone, with few issues in comparison with its debt-ridden, stagnating southern European partners. It is on the brink
#FridaysForFuture – how Greta Thunberg shaped a global climate movement
There is no denying that climate change has shaped, is shaping, and will continue to shape the state of our planet for a long time to come. Most of us born in the 1990s have grown up hearing about how
Growing up on the outskirts of a tiny Irish village – which itself was outside of a town and far away from any city or urban centre – meant I spent my early years in a homogenous community, rarely
Rebellion on North Bridge
You get a hell of a view from North Bridge. This artery connects Edinburgh’s north and south: the old and the new. It spans the chasm of Waverley, bringing commuters and tourists up from the
Seeking.com, journalistic integrity, and stigmatisation - a student's encounter with Edinburgh Live
Disclaimer: the article in question is still up, and still features the photos of several women without their consent. Efforts have been made to contact them, but it is impossible without a
Disabling the word normal
CW: This article contains discussion of ableism. Two sisters – Polly, 21, and Hattie, 16 – have a chat about the problematic discourse surrounding disability. Remind me, Hats. Why’re we having
Cigarettes contain around 7000 chemicals including Arsenic, found in rat poison, a number of pesticides, and Toluene, which is a highly toxic chemical used in explosives. Within the thin white paper
Two perspectives on Universal Healthcare in the US
The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum - Mental Health in Healthcare
CW: this piece discusses issues surrounding mental health, particularly in students, experiences with healthcare professionals, and touches on suicidal ideation and actions.Mental Health is a hot
LGBT+ Education - a matter of life or death?
CW: This article contains discussion of transphobia, mental illness and suicide ideation, as well as experiences with healthcare professionals.When going to visit your doctor, you don’t expect to
An interview with WellSoc
The Ethics of Instagram Clean Eating
CW: This article contains discussion of eating disorders.There are two ethical levels to the culture of Instagram clean eating: the ethics of the influencers appointing themselves experts, sharing
When Abortion isn’t Legal in the UK
Milena Pek, Olivia Hoynes, and Justin WhiteCW: This article involves discussion of abortion and mental illness.Before delving into the myriad of mental and physical health problems associated with
Eating disorders and health: Fitness generation and the worst times of the year.
CW: This article includes discussion of eating disorders and mental illness.This article is not about my eating disorder story, nor is it about how it destroyed my health and still continues to do so.
An interview with Sanitree’s co-founder, Martha Aroha
After getting involved in Sanitree’s odd-pad making workshop and attending a few of their brilliantly named events (‘Bloody Good Ceilidh’ being my personal favourite), I wanted to know more
I Want PrEP Now - HIV Activism and the NHS
Burnout - You're Not Lazy, It's Capitalism
At university, it can sometimes feel like you have so much going on and so much to do that you can’t even wrap your head around where to start. And when these responsibilities and obligations pile
Health vs. wealth — The power of big pharma to put a price on your life
The White House is Burning
For those of you who want a refreshing break from Brexit chaos, turn your eyes across the pond to the US government shutdown, lasting a whopping 35 days from December 22nd to January 25th, the longest
When does regeneration become gentrification?
Gentrification is when middle class adults, couples, and families move into less desirable areas for the cheaper rent, and with them comes an influx of establishments to cater to their middle class
Gàidhlig: còta mòr air a shuaineadh mu dhuine do-fhaicsinneach?
Tha inbhe aig a' Ghàidhlig ann an Alba an-diugh nach robh aice ann am mòran linntean. Gu dearbh, a rèir Achd na Gàidhlig (Alba) 2005, a chaidh aontachadh gu h-aona-ghuthach le Pàrlamaid na
Prospects for Scottish independence amidst the Brexit crisis
What is the process for removing our EU citizenship? Turns out it was voting ‘No’.Scotland voted, resoundingly, to remain a member of the European Union in 2016. England and Wales did the
The regenerative power of protests
On January 21st 2017, the first day of Donald Trump’s presidency, I felt fortunate to take part in the Women’s March, which took place across the globe and attempted to tackle a variety of issues
The end of the liberal world order? On the necessity of regeneration.
According to numerous international relations scholars, the political framework of global politics is undergoing a process of fundamental transition. The liberal world order of the 20th century was
Bolsonaro: cut from the same cloth
In the wake of the most controversial elections in recent Brazilian history, Jair Bolsonaro, the so-called “Trump of the Tropics”, has called into question the legitimacy of modern democracy in
Could a federal UK work?
Perhaps Brexit has done us a favour. There is no denying that it has thrown our politics into shambles. Our internal dialogue has now become increasingly dark, introspective, and confused. Our
The Regeneration of the Labour Movement
The UK working class has seen an unprecedented fall in wages. This decline has only ever been matched by Greece, and in real terms, workers have seen a squeeze of nearly 10% adjusted for inflation.
The Left Must Learn to Speak the Language of Ownership and Belonging
Our politics seem to be in terminal decline. The calibre, tone, and content of our politics is sliding inexorably down into an abyss of constitutional crises, climate denial, and democratic
Capitalism and Climate Change
Keepcups, canvas bags, cycling to uni - you probably know these as ways that you can reduce your carbon footprint. Knowledge of climate change is universal in the UK, and so are ways we can help, but
Ways to get involved with Environmental Justice in Edinburgh
We are living in a society which is becoming more and more environmentally aware. Whether it be current trends like sustainable, trash-free living or the emergence of DIY cosmetics, we are discovering
A Colombian Trash Mountain as a Source of Hope
In a district of Medellín, Columbia’s vibrant capital, a mountain of garbage now stands as a beacon of hope. The disposal of waste is a worldwide issue, but here, the solution didn’t require a
Iceland's 'Rang-tan' - More Than an Advert?
As you will have probably seen already, the supermarket Iceland has recently released a Christmas advert which has been banned from airing on TVs nationwide. The advert in question is a short film
Mass Deforestation and Income Inequality - A Look at the Effects of India and China's Shifting Diets
Palm oil and soya: both of these ingredients sound familiar to us and can be found in everything from chocolate to lipstick, even hidden in what we feed to livestock so it doesn’t appear on the
People and Planet: a history and a call to action
People and Planet began as the then-named “Third World First” in 1969, by students involved in Oxfam, raising money for overseas projects. Students would pledge 1% of their student grants as a
How Important are Straws, Really?
Since David Attenborough’s Blue Planet 2 documentary series and the viral video that showed a sea turtle with a straw stuck up its nostril, the danger of straws on the environment has become the
Sew Sew Fashion Baby! - on Fast Fashion
Maria Grazia Chiuri opened the Dior Spring/Summer 2018 Ready-To-Wear fashion show with a t-shirt quoting Linda Nochlin’s famous essay, ‘Why have there been no great women artists?’. In December
The Venetian Flood: a portrait of our planet’s environmental health
One of the main reasons for the lack of action, or even concern, regarding climate change is perceiving it as a distant threat: its remoteness, in the eyes of many, makes it unworthy to invest in.
Extinction Rebellion - challenging the UK government over climate inaction
November has seen the launch of a new campaign seeking government action to stop climate breakdown in its tracks. Extinction Rebellion is calling for the UK government to commit to legally binding
Can the left now speak clearly on climate change? - A review
When environmentalist and activist Matthew Crighton began speaking at the event ‘Can the left now speak clearly on climate change?’- organised as part of Lighthouse Book’s Radical Book Fair - he
Debate: Do the University and its students ultimately help or harm Edinburgh?
Help: Louise Jastrzebski As one of the oldest universities in the English-speaking world, and with the biggest student population in Scotland, the significant influence that the University of
An Interview with Living Rent
Raph is a Fourth Year Philosophy Student at Edinburgh University, and has been involved in the Living Rent movement since 2017. So, Living Rent is a tenants union. Can you explain how the union runs?
On polo, meeting royalty, and classism - A response to The Tab
A couple of weeks ago, The Tab published an article called ‘I’ve met royalty and play polo, but that doesn’t mean I come from a wealthy family’. The article addresses the supposed
We are not Ovary-acting
So many of us have experienced it: you could be in class, at work, out with friends, on a date, alone. That panicked rush to the nearest bathroom and the sensation of your stomach dropping to the
Homelessness in the City
The approach of another Scottish winter will, for most within the university community, have a pretty negligible impact. Maybe it getting colder gives you a conversation topic when extended family
The Doctor as Villain
In 2018, Edinburgh Medical School is one of the best in the world, renowned for its excellent anatomy teaching department. This achievement, however, comes at a hefty moral price. The past of anatomy
Save Leith Walk - Fighting For Community
Real estate developers Drum Property Group want to demolish a Leith landmark and built a massive student residence and linked hotel. This student residence is not aimed at homeless or poorly housed
Black History Month is Rewriting the History Books
This October marks the 30th annual Black History Month in the UK, providing an opportunity to commemorate the events that have shaped African and Caribbean history and to celebrate the lives and
What is Modern Feminism; is sexism still visible in modern education?
Over the summer it surfaced that the Tokyo Medical University altered the score of female applicant’s entrance exams in order to keep the rate of women admitted under 30%. This year’s intake was
In Defence of Girls' Schools
Throughout my primary and secondary education, I attended an all-girls school, an increasingly outdated experience in a world where we strive towards gender equality. Whilst there is definitely merit
The Internal Debate: Why internships now add to the cost of education
You need relevant work experience to find a good job. At some stage, or all too often, you or I have both grumbled at this seemingly unjust fact of life.To gain such experience, an internship seems
Tim Minchin as Inspiration for the New Academic Year
By the end of the university year, I was entirely burnt out: not sure what I was doing, why I was doing it, and whether I had any purpose other than chasing deadlines for a degree I didn’t think I
The Politics of Biology
Being an autistic trans biology student of colour means that you deal with a scientific community that’s biased against you. Society is hard enough to deal with, but the constant reminder that
The Marketisation of Universities
What is the University for? We all know that the world we’re living in is at threat. It’s under threat from climate change, from the far right, and from an economy that works for the wealthy
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