Edinburgh Uni probes links with secretive society

The society meets in the Old College. Picture: HeMedia
The society meets in the Old College. Picture: HeMedia
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EDINBURGH University is to review its 250-year relationship with a men-only secretive society said to include members of the Scottish judiciary.

The “Spec” meets in rooms at Old College, where the university’s law school is based.

Supporters of the society, founded in 1764, insist it is “a debating society, no more and no less”.

Stacey Devine, from the National Union of Students, said : “We’d hope Edinburgh University management would be investigating [what] this society is and what benefits [it] receives. If there’s any sign of discrimination we’d fully expect the university to not allow it on their premises, or in their name.”

A university spokesman said: “Our policies and procedures are regularly reviewed and the university intends to initiate a review of its historic relationship with the society.”