UK Class

Could A Devolved Regional Approach Be The Magic Bullet To Tackle Social Mobility In The UK?

Dr Franz Buscha | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK
Dr Franz Buscha

The Social Mobility Commission (SMC) recently released a new report examining 20 years of government efforts to tackle social mobility in the UK. Cove...

Sex-For-Rent: Not A Scandal, Just A Rinse And Repeat

Julian Vigo | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK
Julian Vigo

The larger question that we must ourselves as a society is why so many walk into our friend's second, third, or fourth home, gasping in awe and admiration. Why do we value that which hurts so many of our brothers and sisters? It is time for us to have a frank discussion about greed and exploitative economic practices.

The Five Most Exploitative Things About Student Loans

Liam Evans | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Evans

Student loans have quickly become the most exploitative, unethical and deceitful loan systems on the market. Uncapped to reasonable inflation they bleed those questing for higher education dry and profiteer off of hapless children committing to 30 year promises while still in school.

Kidology #1: The Pre-Cretinous Era

Mark Piggott | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Parents
Mark Piggott

When my wife said she was returning to work fulltime, I silently celebrated. Now I'd finally have time to do all the things I wanted to do: write my G...

There Is A Class Ceiling In The Acting Profession

Gloria De Piero | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Politics
Gloria De Piero

It's not just anecdotal evidence that indicates the problem. New figures based on the ONS Labour Force Survey, showed that 51% of actors surveyed were from privileged backgrounds and just 16% were from a working class background. This compares to 33% of the nation coming from working class backgrounds and just 29% coming from affluent backgrounds.

On Being A Working Class Academic: A Personal Reflection

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Chris Allen

Sadly though I'm not convinced that things will change in the foreseeable future but if we can get people thinking and talking about class once more, then maybe we can begin to shake up this deeply elitist society and really begin to address how it detrimentally impacts so many of our lives. Both inside and outside 'the academy'.

Working Class? You Could Be Paid Less For Doing The Same Job

David Johnston | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK
David Johnston

The gender pay gap is a depressing but familiar tale: equally qualified men and women doing the same job, but paid different amounts for it, the women almost always the ones getting less. What has not been highlighted until now is the existence of a class pay gap: people from working class backgrounds being paid less for working in professions than those who have professional parents. A new report from the Social Mobility Commission today highlights this problem and the results should be a concern for employers in Britain.

Is 'Class' The 'British Buffy'? Its Star Sophie Hopkins Says Yes, And No

The Huffington Post | Caroline Frost | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Entertainment

Saturday sees the BBC Three debut of ‘Class’, the highly-anticipated ‘Doctor Who’ spin-off. The drama, created and written by Patrick Ness, is...

Why Do We Hold Some People To Higher Standards Than Others?

Kylie Barton | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kylie Barton

The discussions in the media this week as to whether journalist stings are ethical has raised an even more pressing question - why do we hold officials in any form of public office to higher standards than others?

Where Are The Class Divisions In Britain Today?

Kitty Ussher | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Politics
Kitty Ussher

The main point is simply that class still exists, that it manifests itself in things that matter, and that the solutions lie as much in regional and housing policy as they do in education and other forms of opportunity. And that this might be a good area for those on the left to explore, and Liverpool is as good a backdrop as any to start that exploration.

St George and The Last Resort

Simon Sapper | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK
Simon Sapper

(Lyme Regis, 2016. Photocredit: Richard Bridges) This photo caught my eye. "So crowded" was my first thought. I looked again. Felt uneasy. Felt guilt...

British Pupils are Leaving School (Tech) Illiterate

Mark Murphy | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK Tech
Mark Murphy

Teenagers really don't know it all. We think that because they spend all day on the computer that they understand tech, but many leave school with an insufficient understanding of basic security measures or what software or "code" even looks like - let alone how to write it

Don't Blame Jeremy Corbyn for a General Failure of the Left

Sam Harrison | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Harrison

The only hope of the party now is to be bold, offer a radical new alternative to those who have realised their power in this referendum - and to keep Corbyn, who alone can make that appeal credibly, as leader. History suggests that Labour cannot win without him.

Restricting Free Movement of Families Is a Class Issue Affecting 'Migrants' and 'Citizens'

Ala Sirriyeh | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Politics
Ala Sirriyeh

Global elites have always had free movement and this is likely to remain unchanged by any new migration rules. However, in contrast to this, the message from government seems to be that those on low incomes, who are in transnational relationships, including British citizens, are living beyond their means.

'Doctor Who' Spin-Off To Feature Lead LGBT Character

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Entertainment

The creator of new 'Doctor Who' spin-off series, 'Class', has announced that one of the leads will be an LGBT character. Patrick Ness revealed the new...

'Corrie' Star Katherine Leads 'Doctor Who' Spin-Off Cast

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Entertainment

Katherine Kelly is set to star in new 'Doctor Who' spin-off show, 'Class'. The former 'Coronation Street' actress will lead the cast of the new serie...

What Can We Expect From Today's Budget?

Faiza Shaheen | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Politics
Faiza Shaheen

This Budget reminds me of Bill Murray's Groundhog Day. I looked back at a blog I wrote on George Osborne's 2011 budget, and as well as feeling old, I feel repetitive. Over the past seven years budget after budget has been deemed regressive. This budget looks to be no different... The cumulative impact of seven years of regressive budgets has been dire for women and the most vulnerable in society.

'Yen' at the Royal Court - Why Are We So Squeamish About Britain's Underclass on Stage?

Jessie Thompson | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jessie Thompson

If Yen is trying to tell us one thing, it is that people become brutalized by a system that neglects them, but we can all have a chance if someone or something can remind us that we're not invisible, that we do have something to offer the world.

You Don't Need to Be Middle Class to Be a Beauty Blogger, But It Helps

Louise Kennedy | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Style
Louise Kennedy

Bella sets her camera up on a tripod, making sure to position it in front of a window to get the most light. She checks herself in the camera screen, brushes her hair behind her ears, and takes a deep breath.

Reminiscing: Rock on the Dole

Horace Trubridge | Posted 27.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Horace Trubridge

I was still signing on at the dole office when Darts, the band I joined when I was just 18 years old, had their first top ten hit record. I signed off the dole when someone in the queue pointed out that they had seen me on Top of the Pops the week before.

Where Are the Working Class Actors?

Felix Denton | Posted 05.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Felix Denton

There is a wealth of British acting talent coming through the ranks on stage and in films. Over the last year people like Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston and Rosamund Pike have all gained critical acclaim and A-List status in Hollywood, and they all have one other thing in common which is that they were privately educated.

Cambridge University's Access Efforts Dealt Another Blow

Damiano Sogaro | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Damiano Sogaro

Students who know that Oxbridge isn't engaged in a mission to create spend-a-holic graduates with world domination as their goal - which necessarily mean those students either with family who have attended Cambridge, or experienced life at Cambridge through one of the excellent access schemes - will continue to apply. The status quo will endure.

Thank You Cambridge, But I'm Not Sorry

Joe Goodman | Posted 31.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Goodman

One thing that's important to say is how grateful I am to Cambridge. My time at University has done wonders for me that I am endlessly grateful for: the education I received has without a shadow of a doubt completely changed my life, and many things I learnt from people I met and experiences I had while at University have had an intractable impact on my being.

Social Mobility Does Not Exist

Marta-Emilia Bona | Posted 28.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Marta-Emilia Bona

The elite members of the British class system seek to protect their privilege, and if you can't do that by assigning the plebs to heavy industry, then you can do it by scoffing at their lack of cultural capital.

It Is Class, Not Gender, That Divides

Django Wylie | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK
Django Wylie

Like a creepy uncle contemplating emigration, page three is unlikely to be missed. But the hydra-headed jubilation in some of the press is little more than an unseemly basking in a class-tinged tyranny of some people's taste over others, which distracts from an appreciation of painful economic inequality.