International

How to Get Into Oxford as an International Student

Marcus Ereira | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Marcus Ereira

Coming down from your country to the UK you are not going to settle for anything les than Oxbridge. However, the Oxbridge application process is sligh...

Cucumbers? Blame the UN

Christian Friis Bach | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK
Christian Friis Bach

As the UK referendum on Brexit approaches I feel obliged to stand forward and confess. The European Union is often criticized for dealing with ridiculous things such as the shape of cucumbers: banning the curved ones and imposing straight ones on farmers and consumers alike.

Scotland's Plans For Summer (Not Including Football)

Vince Raison | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Sport
Vince Raison

There's a misconception going round that Scots will be sitting at home quietly fuming right now. After all, they're the ones with the empty calendar this summer. But nothing could be further from the truth...

World Humanitarian Summit: Drowning ... In Silence

Helen Morton | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Politics
Helen Morton

The image of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler washed ashore on a Turkish beach, is one of the most resonant of our times. A picture that changed the pi...

Three in Four Women Experience Harassment and Violence in Their City

Sarah Carson | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK
Sarah Carson

On International Safe Cities for Women Day, ActionAid is calling on the UK government to fund the life changing work of women's rights organisations in developing countries, so that no woman or girl has to live in fear of violence in her city.

Ad Blockers and Mafia Shockers

Jay Sorrels | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Tech
Jay Sorrels

The Protection Racket is an old, pure form of criminality. It evolved in places with little policing and even less insurance cover. There was no way...

Worlds Apart: A Girl's Eye View of Hunger

Himaya Quasem | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK
Himaya Quasem

Nimah's family has lost 25 of their 35 sheep to the drought. If the remaining sheep are lost it could tip the family into destitution. Without livestock they will have nothing to eat or trade with. This prospect makes Nimah fear for her younger siblings.

Hunger Hurts: How Would Nigella Feed a Family During a Drought?

Himaya Quasem | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Himaya Quasem

The young women I met in Somaliland worry about the same things I do, but they are feeling fear instead of relief. Hunger is hurting families in Somaliland. Women, girls and mothers deserve our support. It's time to act before things get worse.

Hunger Hurts: Extreme Weather is Killing Crops and Causing Hunger

Mike Noyes | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK
Mike Noyes

El Nino has caused the lowest recorded rainfall across parts of Southern Africa in decades. Crops and livestock are dying as drought takes hold. El Nino has already made more than 34 million people hungry in Eastern and Southern Africa. That number is set to double in the next 12 months.

The Panama Papers: Five Ways for David Cameron to Tackle UK Tax Havens

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK
Anders Dahlbeck

The Panama Papers have rocked the world. Yet while the head offices of the law firm at the heart of the leak are far away in tropical Panama - some of the solutions to this scandal lie closer to home... Next month the UK will host a special tax and anti-corruption summit in London. Here are five things the Prime Minister could do to clean up UK tax havens.

The Global Goals: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back on Women's Rights?

Girish Menon | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK
Girish Menon

The Global Goals could be the catalyst for global change but the battle for transformative progress on ending poverty and inequality and the fight for gender equality does not end with these commitments - in many ways we are still at the beginning.

International Women's Day 2016: Equality for Women in Prison

Helen Crewe | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Helen Crewe

It is surprising how much knowledge there is available about women in prison. Despite this, their minority status has led to a small chapter or paragraph in a policy manual. Research for women in prison provides accessible and helpful information which could be used to promote equality for women in prison.

Swansea to Host Its First Islamophobia Conference

Robiu Salisu | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Robiu Salisu

The Swansea says NO to Islamophobia event will take place on March 20th day before the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Over 200 people are expected to attend this event and with the Welsh Assembly election set for May 6th Swansea MEND will be looking to address and work with political parties and candidates to tackle Islamophobia in Wales.

Better UK Tax Deal for Bangladesh Could Pay for 18,000 teachers

Lovisa Moller | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK
Lovisa Moller

Bangladesh lost around US$14.5 million as a result of a single clause in its UK tax treaty in 2013. That's enough to pay the salaries of up to 18,000 new teachers in a country where more than 4 in 10 girls are not in secondary school.

Inequality and Older Age

Toby Porter | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK
Toby Porter

Ageism or age discrimination is arguably the last widespread, identity-based form of discrimination still to be tackled on a global scale. It perpetuates and heightens inequality, it dehumanises, and it holds us all back. Our human rights should not weaken as we age. We all hope to grow old. The 21st century will be an era of hyper longevity, so let's all come together to make our ageing world a great world to live in.

Crude Spoils: Nigeria's $3.3bn Tax Break for Big Oil Companies

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK
Anders Dahlbeck

Three of the world's biggest oil and gas companies - Shell, Total and ENI - were granted an extraordinary series of tax breaks worth a staggering US$3.3billion in Nigeria, a country where millions of people live in extreme poverty.

12 Young Women That Inspired Me in 2015

Alex Kent | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Kent

Finally, we've made it to the the end of 2015 - a long awaited year for so many of us working in international development. There have been negotiations aplenty, 17 new Global Goals and ambitious commitments.

Celebrate Our World - Don't be Disillusioned

Mark Robins | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK
Mark Robins

How did you celebrate International Men's Day on 19th November? Or Universal Children's Day on 20th November? You didn't know about them? Me neither. ...

Lucy Sherriff

'Thailand's Nanny State Needs To End,' Warn Country's Young Leaders

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Thailand’s “nanny state” needs to come to an end, the country’s young leaders have urged, as they warn of protesting youths being taken off th...

The Global Significance of Liberal Arts

Professor Christina Slade | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Christina Slade

I have been fortunate enough throughout my career to work in a variety of educational institutions around the world. My views on the necessity for a truly global education are well documented and I am committed to providing that opportunity for our students at Bath Spa University.

Myanmar: Punishing Dissent

James Coe | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Politics
James Coe

As the world's magnifying glass increasingly hones in on this once obscure country, it is likely that scrutiny of its human rights record will only intensify.

Why International Students Should Not Come to Norway

Curt Rice | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK
Curt Rice

The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education recently organized an event about the value of international students. My presentatio...

Civilians Must Never Be Intentionally Targeted Under International Human Rights Law

Noam Schimmel | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Politics
Noam Schimmel

It is a fundamental principle of international criminal law and international human rights law that civilians may not be subjects of intentional violent acts aiming to kill, seriously injure, terrorize, and torture including in the context of attempts at achieving national self-determination.

We Need to Challenge America About Guns

Grace Thompson | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Grace Thompson

It surprises me what hypocrites we in the UK can be. We happily use our elevated global status to pressurise other countries into doing our bidding. We happily sanction certain countries...but we will never criticise America. Why are we so scared to stand up against what is wrong?

Why Volunteering Is One of the Best Things You Can Do for Your Future Career

Rebecca Tracy | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Tracy

For the first two years of university I worked in a family run jewellers six days a week in my small hometown. It was great, my bosses were kind, and I earned lots of money which allowed me to do many things I otherwise couldn't have the following semester. But in the summer of third year I was faced with different prospects...