By cutting maintenance grants and replacing them with higher loans, working class students with the lowest incomes will have even more to pay back... I worked long hours in part time jobs, got a credit card and I'm still in my overdraft - but I just about made it. When students are already struggling and support is cut further, how many will we lose?
Ultimately, I believe that we have seen two great and pleasant surprises: firstly, the election of what I believe to be the best government in the circumstances, and secondly the continued ability of the public to make up its own mind and not to be swayed by vacuous social media wars and the increasing emotional blackmail and shaming that generated so many shy Tories in the first place...
Britain is on the cusp of making history in the upcoming general election. It will either look back at May 2015 with regret or with great pride. With immigration one of the major issues debated in this election, I appeal to students in particular to lead British society against xenophobic attitudes and make this general election about fairness and equality of opportunity.
We need all political parties to look at the mandatory financial protection scheme as a matter of moral responsibility to protect international students in the UK, who do not have any safety net to fall into in case of any organisational failure of their institution or conflict in their home country.
Labour would be best rethinking this potential pledge before it is announced. A cut in tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000 will not help Labour successfully captured the student vote. It will instead send a message to students that they agree with the tuition fees policy implemented by the coalition.
Sexual assault, peer pressure and female objectification are far from humorous. Satire isn't satire when it's kicking down another group. It only creates a bad perspective for incoming students of student life and a bad image of current students, implying this is what everyone's freshers was like and therefore yours should be too.
It is with great disappointment to note that the National Union of Students' Executive Council voted to join the call demanding sanctions against the State of Israel. If anyone stands for the welfare of all students on campus, they should condemn this petty and divisive action in the strongest terms.
As the NUS's structure is so fundamentally flawed, and the NUS establishment benefits from the current system whereby they can make sure that serial hacks always gain the cosiest positions, we are unlikely to see serious reform any time soon... Let's leave the NUS, and lead fellow student organisations in designing a union that truly represents the interests of all students.
We won't win free education overnight; it will take long years of debate, proving the public value of higher education to the public and we will need to tackle the issue of access to education, so a mature student from Tower Hamlets has the same chance of getting into UCL as their 18 year-old counterpart from Richmond.
This year the Tories are preparing a new, massive attack on students, which promise to be as regressive and damaging to the future of millions of people as the trebling of tuition fees has been - plotting to sell all our student loans to private debt collectors, who are hungry to make a profit out of saddling us with more debt than we signed up to. Students are, however, building a movement to stop the government in its tracks.
How did a British university get to the stage of inspiring such anger and contempt from someone like Geoffrey Robertson, the man who organised war-crimes trials in Sierra Leone, that he would be prepared to spend days of his time working unpaid, dealing with petty academic administrators, instead of making the big bucks in Strasbourg?
The national press have recently been obsessing with the election of Louis Trup to the presidency of Oxford University's student union. Trup is far from being a joke. Sure he's a hilarious guy. After all, writing a manifesto - sorry I meant 'personifesto' - completely in crayon was absolute genius. We cannot deny that LJ Trup is good fun - but he's no joke.
Faith based societies at Universities have huge potential with their increasing number of members yet we have seen few actively engage with their students' unions... It is important to demonstrate to these societies that the union offers a lot more than generic advice and can help empower them and their members by bringing the different societies onto one platform and opening up channels of communications between them.