Are You Full Of Good Intentions?

Susan Leigh | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Susan Leigh

Often January can start full of good intentions but it's not uncommon to soon fall back into old habits, especially if some of our plans hit obstacles. Then we can end up berating ourselves, feeling a failure and becoming disappointed at our lack of progress.

The Nonsense of High Performance

Dominic Irvine | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK
Dominic Irvine

High performance is a truly special state achieved by very few and within a clearly defined context. It's a worthwhile thing to aspire towards achieving but let's not be naive in thinking it's possible for everyone.

Up, Up and Away: Labour's Journey to Reclaim Social Mobility

Adam Allnutt | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Allnutt

In this country, after centuries of struggle and strife, we the Labour movement finally created social mobility - the realisation and entrenchment of the British dream. Now it is our duty to protect it.

Aspiration Is, and Always Has Been, at the Root of What Labour Stands For

Sadiq Khan | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Politics
Sadiq Khan

What concerns me is that the fulfilling of potential that many of mine and older generations have benefited from is becoming more and more difficult, not just in London but across the country. That's why, as Mayor, I will ensure more affordable homes are built, and establish a Living Rent, why I will push the Living Wage and encourage enterprise, and why I will make sure people can afford to get to and from work on reliable affordable public transport. Without these things, aspiration simply gets crushed from the reality of living in London.

Why We Need to Defend Aspiration

John Bird | Posted 04.06.2016 | UK Politics
John Bird

There is a real problem for the Labour Party over aspiration and social mobility - and it goes to heart of the major fault lines that exist in its founding... The Labour Party and the trade union movement have a proud record of helping the aspirational. They should be making more of it, not less if it. And Sadiq Khan should be celebrating the social elevation that aspiration and perspiration brought to his life. Without it he would not be a prospective candidate to replace Boris. And we, the public, would not have been able to decide on his merits, or otherwise in the forthcoming mayoral race.

Get Rich or Die Trying

Inez Sarkodee-Adoo | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Inez Sarkodee-Adoo

The seduction of becoming rich has the power to grip the imagination and inspire endless daydreams of 'making it big'. Moreso for those from less privileged backgrounds, the prospect of escaping the struggles of financial lack can drive a particularly all-encompassing pursuit of large living.

Raising Aspiration: Taking Small Steps Towards Big Ambitions

Julie Booth | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Julie Booth

I was lucky enough to spend some time recently travelling around India, which was a wonderful experience.

What's All This 'Women in the Workplace' Stuff About Anyway?

Helena Eccles | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Helena Eccles

I was speaking at the 30% Club from "Schoolroom to Boardroom" seminar: an afternoon where new initiatives which target young women, at school, university and early careers, were being launched. Needless to say, I was a small fish in a very big pond. Or, to continue the rowing analogy, a novice in a Blues boat.

Making the Impossible Possible

Simon Stevens | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

The motto of 'Making the Impossible Possible' has stuck with me and remains central to my own working ethos. I strongly believe if you really want something, it is possible to get it but you have to put in the work and commitment to achieve the impossible and make it possible.

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

Lady Diana Whitmore | Posted 04.06.2014 | 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 06.05.2014 | 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 03.05.2014 | 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 | 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.