Maina Flintham Hjelde

section- editor

Maina Flintham Hjelde
Edinburgh University

guides, opinion pieces, gossip, fashion, lifestyle, education, politics, food, culture, religion, books, film, art, music

  • Maina is the features editor for the Edinburgh University Tab. This means she oversees everything that isn't news from guides to opinion pieces. As well as contributing her own articles to The Tab, Maina edits a wide variety of feature articles from the writers and prepares a list of pitches…
  • Maina's area of expertise is in opinion pieces as she feels passionately about giving students a voice in all things from current events to their favourite coffee shops
  • In her spare time, Maina enjoys reading and exercising her creativity in several ways from drawing to creative writing. She also loves travelling the world and is passionate about learning about different cultures and ways of life


Maina joined the Edinburgh Tab as a writer in her third year at university and contributed regularly with articles. As well as publishing a weekly clubbers of the wee article, Maina also helped kickstart What are you Wearing Wednesdays on The Tab Edinburgh instagram. Maina became the features editor in her fourth year at university and now comes up with pitches and ideas for other writers as well as editing their work


Maina attended school in North London and is in her final year at Edinburgh University finishing her undergraduate degree in Religious Studies and English Literature


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The motivation you need to kick start the new semester

The ultimate guide to the Edinburgh charity shop scene

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‘It can be hostile’: Edinburgh Uni’s female sports presidents on being a woman in sport

‘Women are made to see exercise as a way of being thinner rather than for team sports, comradery and the general fun of it’

15 unavoidable texts that are bound to be sent in an Edi girls flat groupchat

‘Hey guys, just a reminder that the walls in our flat are very thin…’

How to beat the Edi autumn blues

Anyone else sick to death of the constant rain?

A rundown of Edinburgh’s best LGBTQ nightlife

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Your Edinburgh Uni degree based on your favourite George Square food truck

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‘This is no longer serving me’: Calling time on ‘therapy speak’

I just don’t have the emotional bandwidth to deal with it anymore x

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My TikTok FYP is shaking with all the chaos

Three years on, uni students are still feeling the effects of Covid on their grades

‘Having never sat formal examinations before, the stress levels are extreme’

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Who knew intimacy coordinators were the real MVPs of the show?

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We chatted to the TikTok star on all things internet fame and Edinburgh

Is being sober-curious the new ‘That Girl’ trend?

Are we all ditching the drink for 2023?

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Because the fourth floor is SO last year

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Because there’s no ‘I’ in ‘uterus’ but there is an ‘us’