UK Society

Nostalgia For The Future In The Post-Soviet Space

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Politics
Larisa Sotieva

When I was little, I used to enjoy singing in a choir. One of the songs we sang went: "The Revolution has a beginning, but the Revolution has no end"....

Investment In UK Grammar Schools Unlikely To Solve Social Mobility Challenge

Dr Franz Buscha | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK
Dr Franz Buscha

Following Philip Hammond's budget reveal that an extra £320m will be made available to fund an extra 140 new free schools (of which many are likely t...

No Kids? You Must Be Loving It!

Matthew Sanders | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Matthew Sanders

The true reason behind not having children is illness related. It just can't happen. Mother Nature decided that cancer and a heart condition shall prevail and the ability to reproduce shall sit in the pile of 'what ifs' for the rest of our days. Even adoption is off the cards for the same reasons.

Why I Have No Life

Farida Ahmed | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Farida Ahmed

This is the story behind the teller. I work 7 days a week. I have four (and a half) jobs. I am an academic mentor at a Sixth Form College, a Private Tutor, a Nanny, a Blogger and a Postgrad Student all in one. Honestly, sometimes it feels like I literally have no life.

The Big Escape: When Isolation Became The Ultimate Liberation Of My 'Gender Duty'

Andrea Sanabria | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Sanabria

Traditionally, according to gender, we are born with certain "unofficial" obligations that may change, of course, from one society to another. Social ...

The Philosophy Of Conservation

Frontier | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK
Frontier

There are many branches of philosophy, within which an entire web focuses on how we humans think and feel about the natural world. Yet, despite severa...

Why I'll Never Join Instagram In A World Like Ours

Umairah Malik | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Umairah Malik

There are over 500 million active monthly users on Instagram. (If that doesn't put it into perspective for you, imagine every person in the United Kin...

Campaign To Dismantle Narrow Beauty Standards

Lekia Lée | Posted 19.02.2017 | UK Style
Lekia Lée

banner The problem is not that we appreciate beauty but that the definition of beauty is so narrow, too narrow to include afro textured hair, so while society is waking up to the damaging effects of its narrow definition of beauty, advocating for body acceptance, even skin colour acceptance, hair discrimination still goes largely unopposed.

Random Acts Of Kindness Day, Or Week, Or Whatever...No Thanks

Alex Muller-Nicholson | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Alex Muller-Nicholson

Having an allotted window in which we're meant to up our kindness efforts only makes us look at ourselves in a negative light and consider that we're 'not kind enough' already. It might not be said out loud, but it's implied. Surely we don't need another thing to criticise ourselves for?

Carnism: What's In A Name?

Munjeeta Sohal | Posted 12.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Munjeeta Sohal

As an increasingly unapologetic vegan, I am becoming used to being challenged for my beliefs. Don't get me wrong; it still gets my metaphorical hackles up. But, I understand that because I am not just doing 'what we do' I am in the minority and therefore in the firing line.

Welcome To The Motherland

Karen Hall | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Parents
Karen Hall

Please don't imagine that my point of reference for motherhood is limited to floating around in a cloud of organic breastfeeding loveliness. In fact, I think that might be the core of the dilemma: this question of whether to use the word "mother" is just terribly reductionist, as though motherhood can be only one thing.

What A Child Can Teach You In A Day

Munjeeta Sohal | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Munjeeta Sohal

I carried on as normal, giving a somewhat rusty input for a lesson on line graphs and circulating around the class clarifying my often-misunderstood instructions. D turned out to be curious: a thinker, a questioner.

On Being A Working Class Academic: A Personal Reflection

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Chris Allen

Sadly though I'm not convinced that things will change in the foreseeable future but if we can get people thinking and talking about class once more, then maybe we can begin to shake up this deeply elitist society and really begin to address how it detrimentally impacts so many of our lives. Both inside and outside 'the academy'.

Five Considerations When Refuting The Critics Of Islamophobia

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

Establishing a working definition will support the process of differentiating the appropriate from the inappropriate, the legitimate from the illegitimate, and the disproportionate from the proportionate which brings me on to the final consideration. However, quite irrespective of which - if indeed any - working definition is established, it is highly unlikely that it will be warmly received by those who seek to criticise, detract from, and ultimately deny Islamophobia's very existence.

'I Don't Remember, I Don't Recall' - Doll's Houses And The Future Of AI

Simon Sapper | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Tech
Simon Sapper

Over the last two months we have assimilated artificial intelligence (AI) into our homes on an unprecedented scale. The Amazon Echo Dot (aka Alexa) seems to have smashed sales records.

Perpetual Sadness

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mohadesa Najumi

In a world filled with wilful ignorance, unfettered greed and social injustice, it is difficult to believe that anyone could be immune from sadness. Y...

Was 2016 The Worst Year Ever? Not For Most People

Chris King | Posted 31.12.2016 | UK
Chris King

The race to project our mourning the loudest on social media is unedifying and, in some cases, just part of the attention seeking done by a number of people online. Workaday suffering is drowned out by what you might call fashionable grief.

2016 Was A Good Year

Jessica Huie MBE | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK
Jessica Huie MBE

Not defined by ethnicity and history but unquestionably heavily influenced. Understanding that the story of black and white division through time is not always black and white.

Devolution And PR: The Antidote To Brexit Poison?

Simon Sapper | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

With the current UK government elected by less than 25% of the electorate, with the centre left arguably firmly shut out of politics, and with the scope to establish the most effective voice at Westminster somewhat stymied by SNP-reduced Parliamentary airspace, this could be a perfect storm set to break over the next couple of years.

Thoughts On Social Cohesion Following The Recent Publication Of The Casey Report

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Jonathan Freeman

Following the publication of the long-awaited review of integration by Louise Casey, I want to spend a little time considering its findings and implications.

Are Londoners Heartless?

Giulia Smith | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Giulia Smith

Now I don't know if it's because I am naturally very empathetic and emotional, I would help anyone in need - I just feel compelled to, but surely there must be even an ounce of that same emotion in others?

Can Brands Break Us Out Of The Filter Bubble?

Yelena Gaufman | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Yelena Gaufman

Everyone loves to be acknowledged and validated - theories of psychological development show that this is how children assimilate a sense of self and develop into healthy, socially-functioning adults.

Bullying Is Not 'Just Banter'

Daniel Singleton | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Daniel Singleton

Is there a lesson for us here? I'm not sure, but bullying exists because we allow it: we get the society we are prepared to put up with. We have to decide we won't excuse bullying in our classrooms, staff rooms, workplaces and most of all in ourselves.

Louise Casey Is Right To Set The Cat Among The Pigeons On Integration - But We Are Still Waiting For Real Solutions

Chris Murray | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK
Chris Murray

Ploughing in and tackling this thorny issue is surely a good first step. Shaking the usual suspects out of their satisfied clichés will revivify the debate; these pigeons could do with a some cats being set among them. But this on its own will not be enough. It will take hard work, concrete granular action and a way to make the debate less hysterical before integration in Britain finally moves on.

Casey Review - More Expectations From The School

Husain Akhtar | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK
Husain Akhtar

Government-backed Casey review recommends that schools should teach integration as part of the curriculum to halt the spread of racism and extremism.