UK Society

Don't Call Me 'Millenial'

Green Futures | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Green Futures

So here we are, the millennial generation. Those that had our first snog, beer, or fag as the world quaked in the shadow of the millennium bug...

Messy Science, and Why Everyone Benefits From Showing the Mess

Anais Rassat | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Tech
Anais Rassat

If scientists entertain the myth that giant leaps are the everyday happening of science, science funders will expect extraordinary claims in return for funding, and everyone will be disappointed with that game.

What Can Disabled People Do When the Computer Says No?

Simon Stevens | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Sometimes the system takes the flexibility of human judgement out of the equation, and we end up with a situation akin to the famous Little Britain sketch where the computer simply says no to everything.

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But 'Posh' Is Starting to Hurt Me

Nathalie Gordon | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nathalie Gordon

In the media recently there has been, as their always is, people brandishing the 'public school' iron, tarnishing those of us who went to public school. The media is turning our education into a negative.

Bailing Out the Food Banks

Adam Hamdy | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

Food bank use is rising almost as quickly as executive pay. If something isn't done to correct the worsening structural inequality in the economy, the government may find itself called upon to bail out the food banks and provide basic nutrition to people living in one of the richest nations in the world.

Why Everyone Will Suffer If We Don't Start Looking at Mental Health Differently

Beth Burgess | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Burgess

It's World Mental Health Day 2014 this Friday, and despite the fact that one in four people will suffer from mental health issues in their lifetime, there still exists a damaging stigma towards having problems located in the mind.

Learning About Feminism: My Mum and Laurie Penny

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ioan Marc Jones

My mum seemed to embody what I believed to be the stereotypically oppressed woman. In my youthful naivety, I assumed that nine to five employment was the sole source of female empowerment and that my mum had therefore abandoned any claim to feminism. I told her all this, of course, and she proceeded to correct my assumptions.

Naomi Klein: Capitalism vs The Climate

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

Klein's fundamental argument is simple: in order to prevent global warming, we need an ideological shift away from neo-liberalism towards a fairer, greener and more egalitarian form of society

Disablism Amongst Disabled People

Simon Stevens | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

There is always going to be disablism among disabled people because new comers will always find it hard to acclimatise to the world of disability, especially when the difference between impairment and disability is not understood.

Alternative Way of Life - The Key to Happiness ?

Marion Bretagne | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Marion Bretagne

The farm was composed of a family of three. Dimitri, the father, a charismatic Greek man in his sixties, Kathrin, the mother, a thirty-year old German woman and their six year-old son Theo, born at home without doctors, trilingual since birth and Vegan since... pro-creation.

Cute... But Wrong!

Mik Scarlet | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

The piece revolves around the concept that when trying to confront the issue of talking to disabled people the advice is always negative, always a list of "don't"s and rarely "do"s. Mr Hoge then states that most of these are the opinion of the authors and then gives a list that he states are things "you can say to someone with a disability".

Patriot Games: In Defence of Britain

Tom Johnson | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Johnson

Unless you've been living inside a black hole since the early 1990s, the allusions to the current referendum must be apparent. For as a child of Britain, unable to affect the potential break up of the United Kingdom on Thursday, the naïve response is to feel this is unfair...

Personality Disorders Unfairly Judged?

Danny Bowman | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Bowman

Leighton Meesters character becomes obsessed and controlling over Minka Kelly's character and she is described to have a personality disorder. The way it was portrayed many argue was wrong and far from the truth, with it showing further use of stigmatising footage against mental illness.

Owen Jones Conspires Against The Establishment

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

Owen Jones uses an impressive amount of official government data to present what some critics have predictably deemed a conspiracy theory. Such an obvious and flattering denunciation only proves what we already know: Jones has the establishment clutching at their golden little straws.

Why Nationalism Cannot Prevail

Asha Patel | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Politics
Asha Patel

When we separate ourselves, by nation, by religion, by football team even (yes I know that one will stir a few emotions) we are being divisive. It's adversarial in its very nature; an us versus you mentality.

Have Some Manners, Please

Sian Elvin | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sian Elvin

What kind of world do we live in now that no one bothers to tell another human being to have a nice day? ... Good manners can make someone's day, so let's all just give it a go. I'm sure we'll feel much better about ourselves as a result, and the world will probably be much nicer.

Never Stop Learning

Beth Britton | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Eighty percent of the older people living in one of the featured care homes go out to do activities on a daily basis, and children come into the care home from the local school to do intergenerational work.

Artificial Womb and the Human Society: When Science Will Create New Grow-Homes for Babies

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

With church and religion being always against any form of interference in the natural course of childbirth, especially using science, it remains to be seen whether the doors will open for Ectogenesis or if they will be sealed shut. In any case, Science has already found its path now.

The Cult of Celebrity

Rae Mullins | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rae Mullins

We have created a culture that, on mass, rejects spiritual belief yet deifies the famous. Our new, modern day religion is the focal point of many people's lives. A whopping 11.7 million people trawl through the celebrity gossip pages of the Mail Online every day!

What's in a Degree?

Emily Perry | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Perry

I find myself on the hunt for a new opportunity. Refreshingly I can share this because, unlike many of my jobseeking counterparts, my current employer is fully supportive of my decision to return to my communications specialism having successfully delivered my three year plan as a generalist.

Why Being a Parent Isn't the Greatest Gift of All

Tracy Buchanan | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tracy Buchanan

Think about some of the films and TV series you watch, the books you read. There's often one lesson we're expected to come away with: children are the greatest gift of all. Work means nothing. Ambition means nothing. As long as you have children, that's all that matters.

Exploring Retirement - The Gap Between Dreams and Reality

Beth Britton | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

In the working population, the word retirement generally conjures up wistful thoughts of long lie-ins, lazy days, unlimited opportunities to pursue hobbies and the chance to finally get around to doing all of the things that you've never quite had time for. Is that really the reality of retirement though, and what can my 30-something generation expect in later life?

What Makes a Fair Society?

Simon Marriott | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK
Simon Marriott

We must not hand over our future to someone else to look after. It's essential we ourselves are well informed on the question of what a free, tolerant, democratic society might be and are able to change our own lives and communities for the better. The question of what makes a fair society belongs to us all.

Understanding the Yin and Yang of Our Technology-Driven Society

Hamid Habib | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Tech
Hamid Habib

It's not inaccurate to say that while British consumers have fallen head-over-heels in love with technology, they also fear what it is doing to them... consumer technologies often create contrary forces between positive and negative; a sort of Yin-Yang in our relationship with them.

The Always-On Generation Isn't So Bad

Lucy Cooper | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Tech
Lucy Cooper

Connectedness, as the merging and integration of technology, people, global communities, is 'the real world' today... what young generation hasn't had their own paradigm shift to content with over the years - the sexual revolution, post-war modernism, woman's rights, gay rights, the structure of the workplace, informality, the changing structure of the family unit...