Admitting that you have mental health issues whilst you are a student feels like you are coming out of the closet, as it probably does in any stage of your life. Not in the traditional sense of the term 'closet', but in another sense; a sense of hiding away and fearing having these difficult conversations with people.
After fifteen years as a University Lecturer, I have seen and heard students do many things that frustrate lecturers. The amazing array of ways that students can infuriate their professor never ceases to astound me. Here is my top ten of what students should never do...
To some of my fellow 'lads' of Britain I make this simple call to you - don't pretend that making sexist chants on a bus can be passed off as a "bit of a laugh"... if you want to strut about like peacocks showing off who's got the largest set of feathers then don't do it in public for the world to see your idiotic behaviour.
As we go from day to day yelling at one another over what is acceptable to wear and what is acceptable to say we engage in an invaluable part of our society. To have ourselves heard does not always have to mean by the government or by a bureaucratic state, it can just mean being heard by those we're talking to; the people who have betrayed common sense...
Students considering going to university to study the "arts" need to be made aware that it is unlikely they will enter that field after they graduate. As important as film, media, fashion, performing arts are to this country the thousands of students who choose these courses are going to find themselves sorely disappointed when they leave university.
If we're honest, we in Britain are still obsessed by our class system, and haunted by the idea that there are certain 'privileges' to which we are either born 'entitled' or not. But what we don't seem to realise is how self-defeating this is.
You know you're POOR when you have to queue at the local food bank because you just can't see where your next meal is coming from. You know you're poor when that package of food is what will sustain your family for the next few days.
The third week of teaching has almost ended and already there are secretive, hushed meeting between freshers about our place here. Why are we here and What are we doing? Dare we even voice such questions?
For a student paying £9,000 in tuition fees, they should get value for their money and if universities are not motivating their staff, it means that everybody is losing out. Students will not get the good quality education that they are paying for, teachers are not paid fairly and will begin to "work to rule" and the universities credibility will plummet.
In effect, students are being asked to contribute more towards our tuition fees without seeing anything in return. The money isn't trickling all the way down the institutional hierarchy; it is stopping at the pockets of the most senior members.
University of Sheffield student and feminist activist Jenny Rose concurs: 'This advert is woefully bad taste. Using an implicit threat of violence as a way to sell your company to young female students leaves a very bad taste in my mouth and puts me off using their services'.