From Punk Rock Fashion to Activist: An Evening With Vivienne Westwood

Afton McKeith | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Afton McKeith

I'm a normal teenager, but I do go to star-studded events. On Friday night, I attended a wonderful evening with the world-renowned punk/rock fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood, with my mum Gillian McKeith and my sister Skylar. This evening left quite an impression on me.

Microaggressions - Not Micro But Definitely Aggresive

LJ Ferris | Posted 16.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ferris

These seemingly small things slowly chip away at your self identity and self esteem. They undermine your identity, making you out to be not a "real" man/woman. They shake the foundations of who you are. Some off the cuff un-thought-of comments haven't just upset me but have made me questions my choices and the way I identify.

The New Age Of Politics

Emma Campbell | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Politics
Emma Campbell

Perhaps it's always been this way, and due to the rise of social media we've simply found a way to share our voice. It's time we stopped with these double standards, and ageist remarks and instead embrace those who show an interest or a passion in something. Don't mock us for remaining quiet, when you also mock us for having a voice.

Women Rule Online, That's Important - Here's Why

Laura Coryton | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Politics
Laura Coryton

While our Prime Minister may well be female, the very foundation of Parliament remains male-centric, as the vast majority of MPs are, and always have been, men. I'm talking a solid 71%. A record low. No, that wasn't a typo. That's worrying.

Meet the Young People in the UK Changing Their World on Youth Day

Alex Kent | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Kent

Today, on International Youth Day, we're celebrating the world's largest ever youth population - now 1.8 billion strong, and the amazing impact that young people are having. 2016 has been a huge year of challenge, change and opportunity, especially here in the UK. Never has the energy of young people more relevant.

The Earthlings Experience: Open Your Eyes to the Truth

Sarah Moyes | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK
Sarah Moyes

We might not have turned everyone who stopped into a vegan overnight, but we did something right if people walked away thinking about how much cruelty and suffering went into the steak dinner they sat down to the night before.

The Story of How I Got My Vagina

Owl | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

As expected after big surgeries, there are a lot of bandages. My bandages were more in the form of some weird-ass celibacy plaster cast that I could literally knock on. Eventually they had to come off though, which was as horrifying as you might imagine. When they took them off I also realized that they had been SEWN to me in two places.

Apprentice Cameron Summons 'Master of Lies', Darth Juncker

Adam Hamdy | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

I wasn't sure how to approach the news that 'Master of Lies' Jean-Claude Juncker has been drafted in by David 'Scourge of Pensioners' Cameron to make a major intervention in the referendum campaign next week. Why would the Prime Minister call in his boss, the President of the European Commission, a man with a less than exemplary reputation?

Protest in the Digital Age

David Wilson | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Tech
David Wilson

Today you can protest as you sip your latte. A Facebook friend may have forwarded you a petition about something they feel strongly about. Whatever the issue - from saving the Himalayan snow leopard to taxing Top Shop - you enter your name, adding a short comment, if you can spare the time.

Let's Solve the EU Problem Once and for All

Adam Hamdy | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

If there is a Leave vote, there will be a period of uncertainty as Parliament tries to decipher exactly what a Leave vote means and how to deal with it. Whichever way Parliament tries to address the people's mandate, there will be loud cries of unfairness from all sides, and each cry of foul could slow down or derail whatever mechanism is used to give effect to the Leave vote.

Why Rankings Should Measure How Well Universities Inspire Students and nurture activism

Alice McCool | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Alice McCool

In the Guardian University Guide, SOAS earned a ranking of 30 out of 119 universities. This is not a bad score, but it would look pretty different if the guide took into account the role of a university in inspiring and opening the minds of its students.

Turkey's Oppression Machine - Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Taffan Ako Sharif | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Taffan Ako Sharif

It was not too long ago that we were all expecting the Turkish state to be accepted into the European Union. While President Erdogan and his party AKP...

Predicting a Sugar Tax Blowback

James Cronin | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Politics
James Cronin

George Osborne pulled yet another budget-related rabbit from the famous red suitcase last month. After a cunicular living wage hike and stamp duty ref...

Charlotte Church Had To Fight Pretty Much Everyone To Move From Singer To Activist

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK

When Charlotte Church linked the civil war in Syria to climate change in front of a BBC audience, she was torn apart. ‘Charlotte Church stuns TV vie...

Learning From Waste-Picking Publishers in Latin America

Lucy Bell | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK
Lucy Bell

In the UK, we have a history of treating so-called 'developing' and even 'newly industrialized countries' as charity cases, regarding places that are ...

Generation Action - Young People Stepping Into the Political Sphere

Kylie Barton | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Politics
Kylie Barton

This is just one example of a young person who is desperate to enact positive change. There must be thousands more out there. So if you know a young person with a thirst for more, for the world to be a different place, or who wants to act - encourage them. Enable them. Help them. Help create Generation Action. God knows the system won't.

Mothers' Day: This is No Time To Relax!

Karen Dobres | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK
Karen Dobres

Anyone else a bit fed up of emails telling you which bath products, flowers and chocolates to get your Mum for Mothers' Day? I mean, I can always do with a box of chocs, and so can my Mum, but this commercial onslaught is relentless. Before all the commerciality came, there was Mothering Sunday,* an early religious festival, but frankly that doesn't resonate with me either...

Interview With Malala Yousafzai - The Youngest Nobel Prize Winner

James Gilmore | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Gilmore

There are no words to contest with Malala's sentiment. Whilst jokes about boyfriends and Minions may make her crack up and laugh, there's nothing that can break the focus of her goal.

My Partner Has Been Kidnapped For 600 Days

Yemi Hailemariam | Posted 14.02.2016 | UK
Yemi Hailemariam

Unbelievably, this Saturday 13th marked 600 days of Andy's ordeal. We still have no idea what is going to happen to him. The Ethiopian government is refusing to let me and Andy's kids see him, will not say whether he will be executed or not, and has rejected all his calls for a lawyer. The authorities won't even allow the British government - supposedly a 'close ally' - to regularly visit him, despite Ethiopia's international obligations.

We Have to Include Men If We Want to Win the Fight Against FGM

Leslie Sinoway | Posted 06.02.2016 | UK
Leslie Sinoway

On Saturday 6th February it will be 13 years since the first International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation was marked in Nigeria. Organisations across the globe are continuing to fight FGM every single day and managing to remove some of the shroud of secrecy surrounding the practice...

A Quiet Anniversary on Egypt's Day of Rage

Charlotte Allan | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK
Charlotte Allan

At such an unhappy time, there might be some solace to Egypt's protestors in knowing that they were the best versions of themselves for a luminous moment that inspired the planet with the idea of what it could be, and that history will record the protestors as infinitely greater and braver than the people that ruled them before and, unfortunately, since.

Has Independent Living Failed to Deliver?

Simon Stevens | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK
Simon Stevens

I believe to move forward and achieve full meaningful inclusion for everyone, we need to be honest about the failings of independent living, as well as its achievements. This may require a new generation of believers who can take a fresh approach to what is needed to get the job done for everyone to have a meaningful place in society.

A Pound of Sugar for the New Year

Amy Kenyon | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK
Amy Kenyon

Photo by Amy Kenyon Roll up, roll up. Sugar can be good for you. Here's how: the simplest event - a woman buying a pound of sugar, for example - ...

I'm Occupying Queen's University: Here's Why

Bradley Allsop | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

I write these words from the administration building of Queen's University Belfast on day two of student activist group Fossil Free QUB's occupation of the building. We are occupying this building as an action of last resort: senior management at Queen's have settled for forestalling, patronising and ignoring instead of engaging with students that care passionately about their university and their climate.

Standing on the Shoulders of 18-year-olds

Rachel Lees | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK
Rachel Lees

With COP21 in full swing, COY acted as a charged and poignant prelude. For starters climate change will affect this generation more than any other. Secondly, it's on these teenage shoulders that our future rests...