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David Bone: Take some reponsibility for yourself

Responsibility seems to be something with less and less impact ­nowadays. Reminiscent of an ­antiquated word that is diminishing from usage, or more accurately a word we prefer to shunt onto anyone but ourselves – the state, our colleagues, the media, the food industry – just not us.

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Oxford University, where students have been issues strict guidelines in a bid to avoid racist behaviour. Picture: Pixabay

University students warned ‘looking away could be racist’

Students at Oxford University have been warned that failing to look another student in the eye could be perceived as racist behaviour.

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Katherine McMahon realised she had to exercise to be healthy. Picture: Neil Hanna

‘Fat’ feminist jogger defies PE class persecutors

A performance poet who was targeted by bullies while at primary school for being overweight has written a show about how she turned to “fat activism” and then to running to challenge the notion that slim always means healthy.

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Pupils should be taught about consent in sexual relationships, says MSP.

Consent should be part of sex education, says MSP

The issue of consent should be a statutory part of sex education in Scotland’s schools, an MSP has said.

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Sex education is an integral part of the curriculum, according to a government spokeswoman. Picture: Getty Images

Consent needs to be taught as part of sex education, says MSP

The issue of consent should be a statutory part of sex education in Scotland’s schools, an MSP has said.

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Heriot Watt has signed a multi-million poud deal with oil giant Total (PIC: ROB MCDOUGALL)

Heriot-Watt signs £2.5m research deal with oil giant Total

Heriot-Watt University has signed a multimillion-pound partnership agreement with oil and gas giant Total to boost research and education.

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Edinburgh University Medical School. Researchers will join a UK-wide team investigating dementia. Picture: TSPL

Edinburgh researchers join £250m dementia project

Researchers from Edinburgh University are part of a £250 million project to combat dementia.

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Obesity charity is calling for an overhaul of Scotlands school dinners to offer healthier options. Picture: Ian Rutherford

‘Cultural step change’ called for over Scottish school meals

Scotland’s school meals need to be transformed “from a feeding culture to an eating culture”, an obesity charity has warned.

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School meals have improved in recent years - but children's eating habits still leave much to be desired.

Leader comment: School meal offerings still not serving their purpose

An obesity charity report has warned that Scotland’s school meals need to be transformed “from a feeding culture to an eating culture”. It doesn’t take long to work out what this means. We need food to give us energy, but too often we’re allowing children to use the wrong sort of nutrition to fuel their bodies.

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Malala Yousafzai (centre) with Kainat Riaz (left) and Shazia Ramzan, pictured in 2013. Picture: Jane Barlow

Malala Yousafzai friends set to attend Edinburgh University

Two friends of Malala Yousafzai, who were travelling with the education campaigner when the Taleban attempted to murder her in 2012, have received study offers from the University of Edinburgh.

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Some students are prepared to pay to cheat their way to a degree. Picture: Neil Hanna

Mary Brown: Higher pay encourages cheating students

As a retired academic, I do occasional proof-reading or editing – the latter involves making ­suggestions for ­better explanation of the writer’s ­arguments.

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New research project will share strategies which work in schools to help close the attainment gap.

Research on “what works” to close school attainment gap

A major research programme looking at what tactics are working to help close the poverty-related attainment gap in schools is to be launched by the Scottish Government.

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Union leaders have called on the Scottish Government to work with it to tackle the attacks on the teaching profession

Stressed out Scots teachers ‘turning to drink and drugs’

Stress at work is leading some teachers to become increasingly reliant on caffeine, alcohol and prescription drugs, while a number have seen relationships break down, according to a poll by Scotland’s fastest growing teaching union.

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Cabinet secretary Fiona Hyslop tries out a virtual reality helmet along with Ben Burnet (10) during a visit to the 2017 Edinburgh International Science Festival. Picture: Greg Macvean/JP Resell

Edinburgh science festival looks forward to 30th birthday

Europe’s largest science festival drew to a close in Edinburgh today with organisers vowing to make next year’s event even better to mark its 30th birthday.

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The Edinburgh Easter Play is performed in Princes Street Gardens yesterday. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Stop playing down pain of Christ’s death, teachers urged

Religious education teachers failing to address difficult topics in the classroom, such as Christ’s crucifixion, are contributing to a generation of “snowflake” children unable to cope with the harsh realities of life, an academic has claimed.

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The Edinburgh Easter Play is performed in Princes Street Gardens yesterday. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Leader: Keep faith with the message of Easter

Christmas is the biggest commercial festival of the year, and although Easter comes some way behind in terms of turnover, it is arguably the second biggest fixture on the calendar, ahead of Hogmanay and New Year, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day and Guy Fawkes Night.

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Emma Curtis, a professional actor, plays the lead in Wild Horses but most of those involved are recent film graduates. Picture: Contributed

Scottish student’s film selected for Cannes festival

A Scottish student is set to walk the red carpet at this year’s Cannes film festival after his short graduation film was chosen from thousands to compete for a top prize.

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John Swinney plans to give greater control to headteachers. Picture: Scott Louden

Swinney faces backlash over school failings as reforms unveiled

John Swinney is facing an opposition attack over the SNP’s education record today as he unveils a manifesto pledging the party will “protect and improve” Scotland’s schools going into next month’s council elections.

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