Category: Equality and diversity

Tara Patel, My experience as a student volunteer in the Early Years Project

Tara Patel has just finished her third-year Geography (MA) and is Welfare Officer of the University’s Geographical Society. Read about her volunteering experience with Widening Participation.

How to cope with eco-anxiety: Tiny flowers and leaves on table by Diana Akhmetianova - CC-0

Communications Manager Sarah Ford-Hutchinson explores the concept of eco-anxiety, and what you can do to soothe – and be soothed by – nature.

To mark International Women’s Day, International Development MSc student and Mastercard Scholar, Teni Agana, shares her learnings from her work empowering 40 women and girls in her community in Northern Ghana.

In our first long read blog, Ecological & Environmental Sciences student and Vice-President of the Sustainable Development Student Association, Emma Schoenmakers, explores why the response to the climate crisis needs to be anti-racist. Emma is passionate about climate justice advocacy, community-based conservation and volunteers with Amina Muslim Women Resource Centre in her spare time.

Abd Al-Rahman Al-Remal is in his third year of studying Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. Growing up in one of Scotland’s most deprived areas, Abd’s journey to university wasn’t as straightforward as other students’ journeys might have been. Now he’s part of the University’s YourEd programme, promoting higher education to school pupils across South East Scotland. 

The United Nations recognises the climate emergency as one of the biggest threats to humanity. How will strides towards improving human rights be affected by our warming planet? Hear from Nina Pusic, a Global Environment and Climate Change Law student, who is currently undertaking an internship with the Center for International Environmental Law.

For the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women we hear from student Debbie Shamir, about the Girl Up Edinburgh society, which works to promote gender equality.

Fourth-year English Literature student, Saffron Roberts, started holding sanitary product collections in March 2018 to tackle period poverty and stigma around menstruation. Since, she’s been joined by student Rosie Martland in the effort to collect donations for local foodbanks, women’s and homeless shelters.

This week is Women’s Environmental Network‘s Environmenstrual Week of Action. We hear from students Kate Bennett and Martha Aroha Reilly on the work of the student-founded non-profit organisation, Sanitree to tackle period poverty.

Medicine has a considerable environmental impact, with 100 million tonnes of solid waste generated each year in the UK, 85% of which generally ends up in landfill sites across England and Wales. We hear from the students trying to tackle this by directing medical surplusses to countries in need of medical supplies.

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