UK Independence

South Sudan's Fifth Anniversary: Marked by Silence and Hope

Rachel Lees | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Rachel Lees

This Saturday, July 9, marks the fifth birthday of the world's newest nation. This year however South Sudan won't be commemorating its independence from Sudan with the same joyful celebrations as in 2011.

We Can Resist the Brexit 'Death Wish'

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Professor Damien Ridge

It is time to acknowledge the collective destruction and fear, and find the creative solutions that exist within this scenario. Resourcefulness, after all, is what we do best in the UK.

I Voted Leave, I'm Scared, And I Don't Know What Brexit Looks Like - But At Least We're Going in the Right Direction

Georgina Edwards | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Georgina Edwards

I'm not going to claim we're out of the woods yet; there's a long way to go till the fruits of independence are laid bare. For starters, we're certainly not going to be spending that phantom £350million anytime soon (if it even proves to exist). But seeing people write off a historic opportunity on the basis of one day's events is absolutely crackers.

Changing the Game for Players With Down's Syndrome

Cara Jessop | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Tech
Cara Jessop

Our inspiration for making these games is of course our brother Tommy. He was always a pretty good learner, with a fantastic mind for curious facts and ludicrous jokes, but maths was one of the last things to click and we noticed how this impacted on his independence right up to his late twenties.

Stop Slandering the Single Life

Lucy Farrington-Smith | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Farrington-Smith

If we scroll through our Instagram feeds, we find pages dotted with posts that quietly slander the single life. We find parodies illustrating solo Netflix binges; empty sides of a bed and screenshots documenting how we get more notifications from Apple about our iCloud being full than we do actual messages.

Independence Gay

Stephen Bailey | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Comedy
Stephen Bailey

As a comedian, I essentially come out every single night and there is part of me that feels completely and utterly liberated by this and by the fact that I am getting laughs and applause for being me. Let me take you to the beginning of the story...

Why Is Everyone So Uncomfortable With Dating Themselves?

Jade E. Bradford | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jade E. Bradford

Looking over what I'm saying, it makes it sound like I am just deeply selfish and unwilling to compromise. I can give you a few testimonials from people who love me that will tell you the opposite (hi mum!). I just feel that being alone should be everybody's default position and that needing company, at most, should be our secondary state of being.

"Piano Piano" - How Living in Italy Taught Me to Slow Down

Clare Dyckhoff | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Dyckhoff

A lot has changed since January 2014. Not just that I now live in London, have a stable job and most excellent workplace, but mainly for the reason that this time two years ago I was living in Palermo, Sicily. Yeah, I'm still trying to get used to the lack of good coffee.

How the In Campaign Can Avoid Being Project Fear #2

Alan Grant | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

The Scotland Stronger In campaign has, after all that, started on the right lines. The glib comments about being "Project Cheer" are exactly the kind of thing that will warm the Scottish people to it.

I'm a Strong and Independent Woman - Even When I Need Help

Hannah Barham-Brown | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Barham-Brown

My body is a balancing act, in a number of ways. I want to be independent, but I need to accept help when I can't be. I want to stay upright, but can allow myself to sit down when I'm at risk of hurting myself. I want to keep mobile, but can use Ruby the Chair for this sometimes. And I'll probably keep throwing myself on the floor randomly. You'd all get bored otherwise.

Brexit Blackmail Proves That the SNP Doesn't Want Independence

Oliver Norgrove | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Norgrove

Quite bizarre is Nicola Sturgeon's assertion that demand for Scottish independence will grow after, rather than before, a European Union exit. Stranger still is her belief that thinking Scots will actually vote for it.

Travelling Alone: It Doesn't Have to Be Lonely

Clare Dyckhoff | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Dyckhoff

For those who have an overzealous presence on social media, the opportunity for constant interaction and an accessible point of contact can help dispel any glimmer of feeling cut off from the world no matter where you are.

Asian Suffragettes: Women Who Positively Impacted Society

Shahida Rahman | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK
Shahida Rahman

Sophia Duleep Singh and Bhikaiji Cama are examples of Asian women who demonstrated great strength and determination and played vital roles parts in the British suffragette movement in the early 20th century. Their outstanding courage in the face of great odds has made them inspirational role models for women of all ages worldwide.

1947 Partition- Freedom or Division?

Joty Chopra | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Joty Chopra

The rivalry between both the countries has been well known to many, both inside the countries and outside. There is always this superiority complex and the idea that one nation did more to fight off the British than the other.

The Grass Under Fighting Elephants

Aimee Ansari | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK
Aimee Ansari

"The leaders of our country can learn a lot from us. Bring them here - we can teach them how to make peace," a tribal leader told me. He heads the...

I'll Always Walk Alone

Lisa Edwards | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Edwards

Thinking about it, though, I've always gone on solo walks. As one could in the seventies, I roamed around on my own in the Welsh countryside from about the age of eleven. No one thought anything of it, then.

The Most Important Man No-one Has Heard of... And Why His Principles Matter to Me and to Millions of Others

Mike Adamson | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK
Mike Adamson

On 8 May, I will be celebrating the birthday of Henry Dunant, one of the most important men you've never heard of. I confess before I began my career at the British Red Cross, I too was unfamiliar with his name.

14 Technology Wishes for My Independence

Martyn Sibley | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Tech
Martyn Sibley

In the true spirit and trend of list articles, here's my top 14 technology wishes. I'm sure some solutions already exist, in which case please share any links on the comments section for everyone to see.

Why You Should Do Things Solo

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

One day, I realised this was stupid. I was missing out on activities and adventures that I really wanted to do, just because I'd be doing them alone. I decided this was going to change. A lot of this began when I was living in France, for my university year abroad.

On Turning 21

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Getting older is also really funny, because when I was a teenager I liked the feeling of being one, of being a youth. Yet now that I'm a little older, I'd never want to go back to being that age.

On the Importance of Independent Student Media

James Beeson | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Beeson

The view that the role of student media is to be a mouthpiece for the University and its Student Guild could not be more misplaced. The idea that the function of an independent media outlet reporting on affairs that are in the interests of the student body, is to simply spout university propaganda is sickening and wrong.

The Missing Pieces of the Puzzle

Amy Anka | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

If you're missing the pieces from your own "life puzzle", you can never expect to take those pieces from someone else's. Whose puzzle looks very, very different from your own. If you do, You'll always be searching for that "missing piece". Tirelessly searching. And often fruitlessly.

The Importance of Finding Your Tribe

Amber Bell | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amber Bell

I always thought of myself as an incredibly independent person. And I am - to a certain extent. I moved out of my home city at 18, I funded my way through University and a few months ago I packed my bags and emigrated to Italy.

English Votes for English Laws and Labour Desperation

Harry Saville | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Politics
Harry Saville

Labour's latest policy announcement, creation of a committee of English MPs to scrutinise bills only relating to England, highlights the party's panic over the Conservatives popular English Votes for English Laws (EVEL) proposals.

Choosing to Go It Alone

Jayne Molyneux | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Molyneux

A study released by Bupa found that a considerable number of cancer patients are choosing to go it alone and keep friends and family in the dark about their diagnosis and treatment, in order to protect them.