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Top five ranking for St Andrews University in UK league table

The University of St Andrews has been ranked one of the top five universities in the UK in an annual league table.

Education 40
People in Scotland have the most living connections, typically with an average of 21,000 cousins. Picture: John Devlin

Scots have an average of 21,000 cousins, study finds

The average UK adult has more than 16,000 living relatives, with most completely unknown to them, a study suggests.


Complaints over chemist chain’s refusal to handle Scottish notes

It is a long running complaint among Scots when travelling south of the Border. An innocent attempt to use a banknote issued by a Scottish bank is refused by a shopkeeper or taxi driver, leaving the customer angry or embarrassed.

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President Mutharika is welcomed by external affairs secretary Fiona Hyslop at the City Chambers in Edinburgh. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

President of Malawi given Capital welcome in Edinburgh

If you have not visited Malawi before, then now is the time. That was the message from the president of the African nation during his visit to Edinburgh today.

Politics 40
The Scottish Government hub in Berlin, which opened this week, aims to grow links between the two countries. Picture: Harald Helmlechner/Wikicommons

Scottish Government opens hub in Berlin to boost business links

When Rachel Loxton made the move from Aberdeen to Berlin in 2017 she joined a growing community of Scots choosing to live in Germany.

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The use of food banks in Scotland has hit a record high after soaring by 17 per cent.

Use of food banks in Scotland hits record high

The use of food banks in Scotland has hit a record high after soaring by 17 per cent in the past year, according to research published today

Politics 149
A majority of Scots would be willing to provide a blood sample to form part of a UK-wide national DNA database aimed at improving medical research, according to a new poll.

Poll: Majority of Scots back national DNA database

UK 9

Dutch campaign for Scottish independence prepares for rally

It promises to have all the hallmarks of a pro-Scottish independence rally, the kind which have become commonplace since the run-up to the 2014 referendum.

Politics 174

Brexit fears as migration into Scotland falls after EU vote

Scotland’s population has risen for the eighth year in a row and now stands at its highest ever level, official figures have revealed.

Politics 298
There is still a stark gender divide among students in Scotland when it comes to choice of courses

Women pick medicine in Scottish university gender divide

The highest enrolled undergraduate courses for female students in Scotland last year were those connected to medicine, while for males it was engineering and technology, latest figures reveal.

Education 4
Scotland's population continues to grow. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Scotland’s population rises for the eighth year running

Scotland’s population has risen for the eighth year running with migration driving the increase, latest figures show.

News 16
Drug consumption in Scotland remains substantial by European standards but hard facts on usage are scarce

What is the value of the illegal drugs market in Scotland?

It was a bold claim heard by thousands of listeners on the BBC’s flagship morning news show. “We are the drugs market of Europe,” Labour MP David Lammy told the Today programme earlier this month.

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Scotland ‘lags behind most other countries’ in international trade

Scotland lags behind most other countries in terms of international exports, a new report has stated, adding that raising overseas sales to the same level of the UK would bring a £12 billion boost.

Markets Economy 173
Kirkcaldy High Street

Headwinds batter Scottish high streets despite sales rise

Scotland’s high streets eked out some modest growth last month though the result was massaged by the timing of Easter while the retail sector continues to face a “number of headwinds”, experts warned.


Scottish heritage attractions set new visitor record

More than 5 million people have visited Scotland’s heritage attractions in a single year with a new record set by the country’s historic properties.


Russia considers banning Scotch whisky imports in diplomatic row

Exports of Scotch whisky to Russia could be hit by the worsening diplomatic row between Russia and the UK, senior figures in Moscow have warned.

Politics 72
Most of the deaths are linked to opiates, such as heroin. Picture: Scott Louden

Chris Marshall: Scotland’s drug-death crisis is overdue an intervention

Scotland’s drug-death crisis is overdue an intervention, writes Chris Marshall

Politics 10

Air pollution levels a ‘medical emergency’ in Scots cities

Fresh criticism has been directed at the Scottish Government over a lack of urgency in driving down deadly air pollution in Scotland’s streets, with calls for the issue to treated as a “health emergency”.

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Blue Planet II

Scots opt for bottled water due to embarrassment and hassle factor

The success of Blue Planet II has failed to generate a shift in the Scottish public’s behaviour, with only a third carrying around a refillable water container and fewer than one in five going the extra mile to find an alternative to plastic bottles, a new survey has found.

Environment 86
Edinburgh Council is responsible for running a number of estates.

Controversy as estates worth £2.5m being run by Edinburgh council

Nearly 400 people have their money managed by Edinburgh city council after being deemed unfit to look after their own affairs.

Personal Finance 3
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