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Supporting Social Mobility Is Not Just Good For Society - It's Good For Business

Catherine McGuinness | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK
Catherine McGuinness

Today the Social Mobility Foundation in partnership with the Social Mobility Commission and the City of London Corporation announced the top 50 UK employers who are taking the most action to improve social mobility in the workplace.

A Place For Faith In The Public Square? Grenfell Response Suggests There Is

Daniel Singleton | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Politics
Daniel Singleton

There are many issues which Farron highlights in his speech about how 'liberal society' appears intolerant of different view and beliefs. However, what yesterday shows in part, is that faith can play a positive role in the public square, as long as it is not cramped out by illiberal liberalism.

Why Theresa May Is Wrong To Suggest That Islamophobia Is A Form Of Extremism

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

If Islamophobic hate crime is to be framed by counter-terror and counter-extremism narratives, why is this necessary? What makes Islamophobia exceptional and distinct from other discriminatory phenomena? How does Islamophobic hate crime differ from hate crimes motivated by race, disability or sexual orientation?

What The World Is Teaching My Six Year Old Son About Boobs

Jade Lloyd | Posted 18.06.2017 | UK Parents
Jade Lloyd

My son, like always, tumbled out of school amidst a blizzard of books and sheets of paper. Face smeared with dinner and a toothy grin, his cast off jumper trailed behind him. In his even filthier hand was clutched a crumpled little blue drawing of my partner and me. He doesn't draw often. It was presented with a shy pride in the way that turns my heart to Play-Doh.

Dear Society

Kelly Knox | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kelly Knox

I was not born into this body to be oppressed. I was born into this body to be of service. To help, heal and empower. Shine my light so brightly that you can't ignore me.

Addiction - One Of The Many Causes Of Homelessness

Stephen Fear | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK
Stephen Fear

The causes of homelessness are many and, despite common belief, not all are associated with the negative causes of excessive use of alcohol and non-prescription drugs. Undoubtably, many people do fall into homelessness because an addiction occurs. The root cause of this addiction isn't usually drugs or alcohol in themselves but more the circumstances that drive a person to need a prop.

Educating Out Prejudice - Just How Tolerant Are We?

Joanne Gray | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Joanne Gray

The play is not asking us to accept bestiality but it forces us to hold up a mirror and look at our own prejudicial weaknesses. Who is to say what is tolerable and what is not? This is accentuated superbly by Martin's own incongruous response to his gay teenage son's sexual preferences, which he finds difficult to comprehend.

What It Means To Be A Man In 2017

Rik Strubel | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rik Strubel

At Axe, we want to shine a spotlight on the dangers of toxic masculinity and destroy the 'Man Box', getting everyone to see that an inclusive model of masculinity benefits men, women, and ultimately, society.

What Growing Up With A Disabled Parent Taught Me About Disability

Anna Gaunt | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Gaunt

I believe that identifying with the term 'disabled' is a personal choice. But it is important to recognise that there is no right way to be disabled. The disabled community is diverse, as are the lives of those within it.

Why Mental Health Week Is Wrong

Richard Daniel Curtis | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Daniel Curtis

Mental Health Awareness isn't just about a day, a week or even a month, mental health awareness is about a culture. Shoe-horning a culture shift into a week is not giving it the respect it deserves and will not work. What we need is long-term strategies to embed these changes.

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.