Aspiration

Tackling Poor Attainment and Preventing NEETs HAS to Start with Character-Building

Lady Diana Whitmore | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lady Diana Whitmore

Former children's minister Tim Loughton said last week that improving educational outcomes is the key to tackling youth unemployment. He's absolutely right, and it is early intervention programmes like ours that can help to ensure the most disadvantaged young children and teenagers are able to achieve their full academic, and personal, potential.

25 Things Everyone Can Do to Live a Happy Life

Danny Baker | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Baker

Danny Baker shares with us 25 things that are key to living a happy life. As a man who triumphed over depression, drug abuse and alcoholism, he knows what's key to transforming our mindsets in order to lead a more successful and happy life.

Enough Death and Destruction Please - We Deserve Better

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vivi Friedgut

We aren't short of high profile bad news this week; violence in the Ukraine, the trial of Oscar Pistorius in South Africa, head-butting football managers here at home, and all manner of death and destruction all over the place.

Poorna Bell

International Women's Day 2014: HuffPost UK Editors Pick The Women To Watch

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

With news that women outnumber men for the first time on the NYE honours list, we're confident that this year will finish on a high. We asked the ...

Stand Up To Sexism Gala

Tiff Stevenson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Tiff Stevenson

Here is a little speech I did at the Everyday Day Sexism Gala about this time last year. I promise there was laughter for 30 mins beforehand. I have ...

The Connection Between 'Star Trek' and 'Glee'

Olly Lennard | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Olly Lennard

The shady tribes of people who manufacture television reportedly bandy the word 'aspiration' around quite often. 'Aspirational programming' is a genre-spanning term defining shows typically featuring healthy, conventionally attractive people leading comfortable, fun happy lives...

Upload Your Photo Of The Woman Who Most Inspires You

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle

To celebrate Bodyform's sponsorship of HuffPost UK's Women section we want you to tell us which woman in your life inspires you most. Whether it's...

Is Social Media a Form of Self-Help or an Enabler of Self-Doubt?

The Guyliner | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Tech
The Guyliner

Looking at photos used to be restricted to close friends boring you to tears with glossy 5x4s of their holiday to Alicante ("Don't get fingermarks on them!") or your mum embarrassing you with childhood snaps, but now we are all willing autobiographers, snapping every moment and flooding the internet with selfies.

A Millenial Rallying Cry...

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Politics
Vivi Friedgut

Nothing can be more dangerous to an already anxious generation than to sink into a hole of depression. I am tired of reading disheartening articles about how younger generations are already failed and without a future. How we are doomed to despair, how older generations have given up on us as a hopeless case. All this negativity, it's no wonder we are starting to believe it.

The Nerds Are in Charge. Thank God.

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Vivi Friedgut

The desire to inject excitement into life sciences is to be commended. The quest to understand and cure cancer, diabetes, Parkinson's disease and other horrible diseases is often a lonely one and lacks wide-spread recognition and financial compensation. This is what the trio are hoping to combat.

Don't Complain if You Don't Show Up...

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 04.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Vivi Friedgut

What we know for sure, what we know for certain, is that destiny is in our hands as never before. We know that if knowledge is power then economic knowledge must be economic power and we are certain that those who raise their knowledge will be at a distinct advantage. Those that don't grab it will only have themselves to blame.

The #YOLO State of Mind: How This Four-Letter Acronym Can Make You or Break You!

Steven Bartlett | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK
Steven Bartlett

Every now and then, a bit of slang comes along that draws a line between young and old, in 2012, that slang term was "YOLO". For those of you who don't know; the term YOLO was popularised by US rapper Drake and it stands for "You Only Live Once".

For All Cameron's Talk of 'Aspiration', His Record and His Policies Just Don't Stand Up to Scrutiny

Michael Dugher | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

The incredulity of "privilege for all" will have smarter members of Mr Cameron's entourage nervous. But a debate as to which party truly stands for aspiration is one that Labour very much welcomes.

To Be the 'Aspiration Nation' Conservatives Must Focus on Those at the Bottom Who Want to Get on But Can't

Ed McRandal | Posted 11.12.2012 | UK Politics
Ed McRandal

In his conference speech, David Cameron fired the starting gun in the race to win over the aspirational, striving classes. To be the 'aspiration nation' and win a majority at the next election the Conservatives must ensure that they focus this message on those that want to get on, but can't.

Returning to Oxford University 20 Years on Prompts the Question: Is Achievement Overrated?

Katherine Baldwin | Posted 03.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Katherine Baldwin

I hadn't been back to St Anne's for two decades and had avoided mailing lists. So I'd never realised some of the authors, journalists and broadcasters I most admired had slept in the same shoebox rooms and drunk in the same windowless college bar years before me.

A London Fund is Something Both Mayoral Candidates Should Support

Luke Bozier | Posted 28.04.2012 | UK
Luke Bozier

My pet cause is aspiration. I have said time and again that I believe aspiration is a Gordian knot; it cuts across a range of social and economic issues. It doesn't solve all issues, and there are some people for whom aspiration won't help.

'Mummy, What Does Middle Class Mean?'

www.lifestyle.aol.co.uk | Posted 04.09.2011 | UK Lifestyle

In this day and age, just how relevant are the concepts of class and is it ok to be on the side of cheap and cheerful?...