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An Open Letter to David Cameron (Cuts to the Arts)

Georgia Coan | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Politics
Georgia Coan

You were lucky enough to have many things handed to you on a plate David. You do not know the struggle of trying to find where you fit in or feeling like a misfit in a society where you 'should' know where you want to be in 5 years time. Please think about the choices you are making.

How to Survive Grad School

Nadeem Shad | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Nadeem Shad

So you've decided the university, the course, packed your bags, bought the bus or plane ticket and ready to get going on what should be a year of intense study, self-exploration and to ultimately get the degree you need to do what you really want to do...

Letter to the Young

Aaron Vallely | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Aaron Vallely

Settled I was, in the dim of a Café in the gut of Dublin City. I was navigating myself through the torrent of Facebook status' on my phone, when I no...

Students Need More Information If We Are to Tackle Education Divide

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Philip Hallam

Access to education should not be dependent on who you are or where you live. It's a statement few would argue with in terms of sentiment but one many would object to as a reflection of reality.

Word From the Wise

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

On 8 April, Tim Wise gave a lecture at Loyola University New Orleans. The talk was called "Don't Call Me A Racist" and focused on anti-racism and white privilege. Wise is an American anti-racism activist and writer who lectured at over 600 college campuses. One of my tutors advised that our class attend the lecture...

"And I Ran for Senate"

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

When the sky is rinsed in that cathartic, faint blue hue; when the soothing pools of raindrops cleanse the dryness of this land; when the only sounds that echo around our ears are the gentle "drips drops" that flow and grow over time...

Government Needs to Decide if Skills Funding Really is a Priority

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK
Dr Julie Mills

Why should a skilled engineer come to work for us to teach when we can't pay them anything like what they would earn working in industry? Would you do it?

Fraternities and Sororities are Sexist and Backwards; Our Universities Must Resist Them

Gareth Evans | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gareth Evans

The very nature of the Greek system is divisive, backwards and insular. It is a breeding ground for misogynistic thinking and behaviour.

A Liberal Arts Education

Jyo Fernandes | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jyo Fernandes

Overall, the liberal arts degree is a godsend. Without a doubt, the positives outweigh any negatives. Sure, you still have to choose a concentration, but that added year or two, where you have a whole university's resources at your feet, makes all the difference.

Exploring Local Communities through Contradance

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Having lived in Claremont, California for four months now, I find it easy to be "stuck" in our comfortable "Claremont bubble", whose tranquil cafés, ...

Outside Education, Employment and Training - Our Students Are Heading That Way, But We're Getting Them Back on Track

Amy Lalla | Posted 07.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Amy Lalla

This week is the big return to work, and I'm wondering what sort of a holiday my students have had. The meal we treated them to at Nando's just before Christmas was probably as good as it got for some of them.

From Secondary School to University: Story of a Transition

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Before we explore what transitioning from secondary school to university is like, let me briefly present myself to you through this virtual platform. Some interesting (okay, perhaps weird too) facades of my personality:

How a Game of 'Bump' Nearly Determined the University I Went To

Joel Nicholson | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Joel Nicholson

University application season is an interesting time of year. Students are stressed and ultra-competitive. Parents are often the exact same. There's almost the mutual feeling that over a decade of schooling culminated into this one single year.

What I Learned From Welcome Week

Jyo Fernandes | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jyo Fernandes

Welcome Week is not Freshers. There will not be a schedule of going out, getting wasted, sleeping till three and then doing it all again. Rather, Welcome week is the conservative American cousin...

The Truth About Growing Up

Daphne Ashley Sze | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Daphne Ashley Sze

Nobody said it was easy. We're all shoved into a momentary oblivion with clouded judgment and unclear future. We're forced to choose between two things we can't let go of, and punished to cry in silence and accept defeat. But really, most of the time, we are almost always forced to grow up.

The Miseducation of Young Men

Ronnie Joice | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ronnie Joice

The recent furore over the 'comedy' that Dapper Laughs has been seen to promote is something that's got me thinking. I'm 27 and the idea of this "lad culture" being so popular is terrifying. Teenage boys are already little shits (I know, I was one) they don't need any more ammo to act any worse than they already do.

How Not to Do College

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

I felt like an outsider, an imposter, someone who was tolerated, but not really accepted. Awkward. I always felt so unbelievably awkward, like I was taking up too much space. I was afraid to join in. I didn't do societies - walking into a room full of people without actually being required to be there was beyond me, never mind walking in and actually striking up a conversation.

Does the UK University System Help Our Future Artists?

Emily Steer | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Steer

On starting a fine art degree five years ago, my head of course gave an introductory speech. She told us about her experience of art college, twenty five years previously. About passionate tutors making work amongst students, in one big arty, experimental studio love in...

Americanizing My British Accent: An Identity Crisis

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

"You actually say 'maths' instead of 'math'?" Colour. *Color. "So... I hope you don't mind if I ask you a personal question. Did you live in the U.K...

'Quitting' Is Perfectly Normal

Ben Clarke | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Clarke

I've been called a quitter. By friends, by parents... by a resentful drum teacher whose sole motive appeared to be to drain the money from my parents' bank account like a balding, middle aged vacuum. However, I strongly disagree with them...

Uni vs College

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

I'm currently doing a study abroad year at a college in Louisiana. It is a small Jesuit Liberal Arts School, so I won't claim that I can speak on behalf of all colleges in the USA or universities in the UK, as they are all very different!...

NYU Welcome Week Day 1

Jyo Fernandes | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jyo Fernandes

Despite being freshmen, there is no freshers. In its place lies its politer transatlantic cousin "Welcome Week". This five day festival of school pride contains over five hundred events ultimately designed to create mingling environments, and ease us all into university and city life...

New curriculum, same need for students to self-assess & self-promote

Pete Edge | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pete Edge

Students at primary and secondary schools returned to school last week to experience their first few days of a revamped 'tough' new curriculum that mi...

NYU: Move-in Day

Jyo Fernandes | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jyo Fernandes

It had been a pretty average day. Tying up the laces of my trainer, ready for an evening run I received an email on my phone. At around 8PM I assumed it was probably another pointless message from some brand I had unwittingly subscribed to, and as my finger poised to sweep it into the virtual rubbish bin; I saw the title "NYU Admissions Decision".

Women, Nice Guys, and Other Human Beings

Lloyd Mallison | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lloyd Mallison

Sex is fantastic, don't get me wrong, but the very reason sex is sought after and enjoyed by so many is because of the exhilaration of self validation that goes along with the knowledge that someone is attracted to you in the same way you are to them... consent is hot. To coerce, force yourself on someone, or drug them just so you can have your way with them is an awful thing for anybody to do.