Student Activism

Students Must Become Politically Active, Not Merely Politically Engaged on Facebook

Patrick Garratt | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Patrick Garratt

One of the issues now confronting students, is that our political engagement with friends in person, and on social media, has obscured the fact that many of us have not been politically active on the streets. I am certainly guilty of this myself.

We Are All In This Together: Networks of Solidarity as Resistance in the Neoliberal University

Daisy Hughes | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Daisy Hughes

We have created a series of these solidarity networks - based around space-sharing, subject solidarity and welfare support - because if the university won't do it for us, we will do it for ourselves... In standing together, in creating an alternative to the system as it stands, we are reclaiming this university as ours.

Cambridge Doesn't Have a Reading Week: Here's Why I'm Taking One Anyway

Daisy Hughes | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Daisy Hughes

I'll be using my self-declared reading week to look after myself, to stave off the "Week Five Blues", and to do my work in a way that works for me. I'm going to use the time to reflect on how my essays have been going, to read new things to stretch myself that bit further and to read those books that I've been wanting to read for the last two years that aren't "directly relevant" to my course but from which I will doubtless learn a lot.

Whose University?: The Campaign of Small Things (And Big Things Too)

Daisy Hughes | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Daisy Hughes

Maybe we should call our campaign 'everyday neoliberalism', or 'everyday marketization of education'. But for now, it's 'Whose University?' and we're going to talk about all of the ways in which these trends are damaging our university.

The State of the Student Body: The Silent Majority and the Noisy Zealots

Adam Seldon | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Seldon

The kind of student activism which O'Neill and I have alluded to is all too rife and is squeezing out an alternative, more benign and collective approach that is just as needed.

Whose University? - My Home or Their Business?

Daisy Hughes | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Daisy Hughes

The first time I really realised that my "home" - King's College, Cambridge - was truly a business first and a home second was during last year's Easter holidays. I had stayed in college over the break to work on my Part I dissertation, and to begin my revision...

Dialogue Must Be a Spur to Activism

Joseph Miles | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joseph Miles

Whiteboards have become the most crucial weapon in the battle for social justice since Tumblr was invented. It has become a fortunately common practice in academic circles to stand in some picturesque part of your university holding a whiteboard with either a pro-social justice claim inscribed thereon, or an example of some unpleasant piece of bigotry hurled your way by some socially unreformed reprobate...

Is There a Problem With 'Little White Girls?'

Laura McCartan | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Laura McCartan

So for the past few weeks, social media seems incredibly concerned with an article written to explain why white people are damaging to hands on international aid. It seems that their money would be better spent from their homes, and given to people who know better. White people in the developing world are a negative, not just a hindrance.

We're Not Apathetic: Telling Us We Are Is Undermining Democracy

Sam Fowles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

We're not interested in winding back the clock. We don't see the world as an epic struggle between capital and labour. And we don't have all the answers. Yet. What we do see is people being disempowered. And not just by the government. What marks out the political discourse of my generation is that we have organised against any power which negatively impacts our lives.

Student Conference-Gate.

Aisling Gallagher | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Aisling Gallagher

Throughout the UK, our students' unions democratic structures are being attacked, more often by their university rather than their elected student officers. It's time to tell QUBSU that they can't simply ignore the rules.

Student Activism - Belfast, London and Beyond

Aisling Gallagher | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Aisling Gallagher

The next few weeks will be pivotal for the future of student activism within QUBSU, Belfast, ULU and London. We will not let them abolish our unions, nor will we let them sell our unions bit by bit to private companies, which may as well be the same thing.

Student Protest: Discussions in a New Radicalism

Francesca Mitchell | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Francesca Mitchell

With the NUS-sponsored student demonstration in London this week, the words 'student protest' and 'tuition fees' are set to become media buzzwords once more. For some however, they are not merely a news item or Twitter trend, but rather something altogether more important and fundamental.

We Want a Radical New Vision for Education

Liam Burns | Posted 28.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Burns

This is not a good time to be a student in college or university. Stories about soaring youth unemployment and scarce opportunities for graduates pepper the news bulletins. Ours is a generation with less of an idea of how our lives will pan out than any before us. No wonder we feel cheated.