EUSA ‘Gag’ Revoked After Student Backlash

EUSA sabbs are no longer gagged.

After the recent incident involving two students who were detained by police during a visit to the university by Princess Anne, it was revealed that the EUSA sabbatical team had to sign a “gag clause” as a condition of receiving a grant from the University in July.

The visit by the Princess Royal to Edinburgh's Old College initially sparked the row

The visit by the Princess Royal to Edinburgh’s Old College initially sparked the row

The Tab can now confirm that the clause, which stated that the university was to be given 48 hours notice of any ‘detrimental’ statements or publications, has been revoked.

A  statement from the university read: “We take the welfare of our students very seriously and have always enjoyed a positive working relationship with their elected representatives.

“In the light of recent discussions with the students’ association we have agreed to amend the contract to remove the requirement for advance notification.”

Edinburgh's student union

Edinburgh’s student union

In conjuncture with this, EUSA president Hugh Murdoch states: “EUSA’s ability to hold the University to account should never have been restricted. We’ve normally got a really strong working relationship with them so it is great that they’ve seen that they were in the wrong on this point and have agreed to remove the condition from the grant.”