New GCSE Grades Will Put More Pressure On Stressed Out Students, Warn Teachers

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Changes to how GCSEs are graded will put more pressure on students and could limit their opportunities, teachers have warned. Under major reforms set...

Schools Face 'GCSE Crisis' As Just One In Ten Students Pass Maths And English Resits

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Nine in ten pupils who fail GCSE maths and English aged 16 will still not have passed three years on, despite rules that they must resit the exams. A...

Men Accuse Uni Feminists Of Discrimination Over Gender Pay Gap Bake Sale

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A university feminism society has been accused of discrimination after it charged men more for cakes at a bake sale to highlight the gender pay gap. ...

Bad News Buried As Government Axes Housing Benefit For 18-21s

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Politics

Housing benefit is to be axed for 18-21 year-olds within weeks after ministers decided to go ahead with controversial plans to force young unemployed ...

Julia Hartley-Brewer Sparks Backlash For Attack On Feminist Emma Watson's 'Topless' Photo

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK

Julia Hartley-Brewer has has sparked anger for attacking actress Emma Watson for posing for a “topless” photo to promote her new film. The columni...

Want To Better Understand 'Post-Truth' Politics? Then Study Postmodernism

Andrew Jones | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Jones

It is ironic for me that post-truth has become such a popular word to use in the year that I have stopped teaching postmodernism at A Level, especially as it may have inspired some of my students to take postmodernists more seriously. Still, I would suggest that if you really want a better understanding of post-truth, read up on postmodernism.

A Step Back

Max Sanderson | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK
Max Sanderson

The individual and the 'clan' is all we humans have - take the latter away and you can't be surprised when people act according to their own rules. Now is a time to pull together. Now is a time to listen. And now is a time to try and mediate our differences. Because if we don't - the evolutionary ties that bind us all will fall away, leaving behind only segregation, hatred, and violence.

There Are More Connections in the Human Brain Than There Are Stars in Our Milky Way Galaxy...

Carmine Pariante | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Tech
Carmine Pariante

The debate on Mind vs. Brain has figured prominently in the recent public press. But the debate is misleading: few dispute that mental life is grounded in the complex circuits of connections between neurons (brain cells) and in their constant interaction with the world outside.

Why Ireland Should Vote for Marriage Equality

Aaron Vallely | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Vallely

The minds of the Irish people have become inflamed by fiery debate on the issue of Marriage Equality. In two weeks, our country takes to the polls to vote on Marriage Equality, and should it pass, could make not only Irish history, but world history, by being the first country to legally enact it by popular vote.

How Google Glass Won

Jamillah Knowles | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Tech
Jamillah Knowles

Looking from a height at the situation, Google came out with a chorus line show for a product that was not really on the market for anyone other than developers and it inspired a lot of us to realise that 'the future' in a sci-fi sense was almost here.

A Question of Trust

Dr Aarathi Prasad | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Aarathi Prasad

I am a skeptic. Some years ago, my mother 'blamed' this on my education in science. And it's true, over the years of analysing molecules and ideas I have become extraordinarily critical. I challenge most things I read in the news; doctors' diagnoses and marketing campaigns

Sociology Students To Study Selfies For A-Level

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Back in April, we revealed a university would be launching a degree course on selfies. As many of you suspected, this was indeed an April Fool's. ...

You Know You're A Sociology Student When You Think Like This..

The Huffington Post UK | Snehal Shah | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

How a mild curiosity with the social world quickly turns into a wild rage at all the inequalities. Here's a day in the mind of a sociology student. ...

Blair: Others Have Stupid Religious Wars; We Had Smart Ones

Abby Day | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Politics
Abby Day

When Tony Blair claims it is religious or cultural difference that will fuel 21st century wars, not the ideologies that caused past wars (The Observer, January 26, 2014) he shows only a skewed notion of religion's place in society and history. He projects a narrow idea of what it means to be religious, and diverts attention from other, more systemic problems.

Shop Til You Drop: The True Meaning of Christmas

Abby Day | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK
Abby Day

David Cameron's Christmas card shows that the man truly has his finger on the weakening pulse of the nation. Not a Christmas tree, baby Jesus or Santa in sight: 'It's not very festive,' tutted The Guardian... How wrong is that?

Society Branding

Naila Missous | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Naila Missous

The individual at hand insinuated that Hip-Hop was indeed "black music, that's all I'm saying". Whether this was to suggest my friend was less of a black individual because she didn't enjoy this music, was something to consider. He quickly turned his attention back to me, but did drop heavily the mention of 'white rappers' who may take my interest more.

The Dogma of Advertising and Consumerism

Ziad Abu-Saud | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ziad Abu-Saud

A common psychological principle used by advertisers is that repetition constitutes mental conditioning. Studies show that the more something is repeated to you, the more you will believe it.

Anders Behring Breivik not Mentally Ill

Charlotte Fantelli | Posted 29.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Fantelli

I read the news that Anders Behring Brevik has been declared 'sane', with a sense of relief for those who will now see the man punished for the despicable crimes, which he committed with malice and prior forethought. I also had a sense of triumph for those fighting the stigma and misunderstandings surrounding mental illness.

Journalism vs Academics: Time for a Truce

Jamie Thunder | Posted 01.09.2012 | UK
Jamie Thunder

Poynter had an interesting post earlier this week on a study about errors in news reports. The researchers looked at 2,000 stories in the Swiss and Italian press, and contacted people quoted in those stories.

Greater Social Cohesion the Solution to Economic Inequality

Amir Eden | Posted 04.03.2012 | UK
Amir Eden

It's always been argued that economic inequality is something which cannot be perfectly addressed. Although many great individuals have fought and die...

The Reaction to Jay-Z Studies Shows Guardian Readers Aren't as Educated as They Think

Oscar Williams-Grut | Posted 19.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Oscar Williams-Grut

Last month Professor Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown University announced he would be teaching a class entitled "Sociology of Hip Hop" focusing on the life and career of one of the genre's most successful rappers, Jay-Z.

Eliminating Loneliness

Eamonn Carey | Posted 23.11.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Eamonn Carey

Eliminating loneliness is a lofty goal. And yet it's one that should theoretically be within our grasp. I was really interested to read that Sean Parker was working on a new start-up with just that goal in mind.

The Riots, the Aftermath and the Role of Sociology

Emma Jackson | Posted 16.11.2011 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Jackson

The night of the Tottenham riots I was leaving to catch a plane. On holiday, I texted friends and worried about what was going on. As well as the concerns for people in my adopted home city, there was also a nagging feeling that I was missing something.