Educational maintenance grants are just one measure that have helped unlock the doors of higher education for many - they provide the opportunity for every student to start on a near-equal footing. But this government has perniciously just swiped away that opportunity, and is going to destroy the aspirations of future generations.
We are more than content to share our happiest moments on social media, but imagine a world where we would feel obliged to share out most depressing moments with one another? With this support network, many of the problems that seem unmanageable suddenly become manageable.
It's almost exactly five years since I graduated. When I look back, despite some excellent lectures, the university faces I remember most are not academics, but support staff. I'm sure that for a significant proportion of graduates it's the same. Support staff deserve their dues.
Half of mental health disorders have their onset before age 15, and there is growing evidence that the teenage brain undergoes significant change. This time of heightened brain plasticity offers a valuable opportunity to try and foster resilience and potentially prevent the onset of mental illness.
If Theresa May has her way, I'll be deported in two months - never mind the five years I spent earning two prestigious British degrees and the £70,000 I took out in loans... In the eyes of the home secretary, I'm an American cash cow to be put to pasture.
I am so, so happy that my idea was heard and is now actually going to happen. Lots of young people have great ideas but they think that no one will have the time to listen to them, or won't bother to actually carry them out. So I hope this can be an example to inspire other people that anything is possible. If you have an idea, keep pushing because one day, someone will listen!
I am still finding it difficult to believe that I am no longer a student. My graduation last month passed me by in a blur of delighted congratulations and tearful good byes but the thing that most struck me was the realisation that a great deal of us graduates are not where we expected to be by this milestone.
The young didn't come out of Wednesday's Budget well. George Osborne cut housing benefit, scrapped university maintenance grants and restricted the new higher minimum wage to the over-25s. But amid the gloom, the Chancellor struck a blow for the younger generation: cutting tax relief for landlords.
If you are rich and over 25 you really are living the dream thanks to Mr Osborne and his little red box. It's absolutely excellent to see restrictions being lifted on inheritance tax and your banker mates getting financially rewarded for taking ridiculous risks, life is good. So you are under 25? Oh, that is a bit more awkward, sorry about that!
Productivity. It's a word that strikes boredom into the heart of the majority of people. And I'll grant you, it's hard to get excited about a measure of input versus output value per worker, per hour. But it is a vital measure of how we're doing as a country. And since the economic crash, productivity in the UK, and many Western economies, has been absolutely dire and shows little sign of sustainable growth in the future.
Dear Kenny... You're absolutely correct. From the housing crisis, to the spiralling cost of living, to the growing chasm between the richest and poorest, our city faces a range of issues that urgently need addressing.