Student Politics

Young People Are Increasingly Disengaged With Westminster Politics and the Main Parties Are Doing Little to Appeal to Them

Michael Osiyale | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Osiyale

It remains to be seen whether plans to address youth engagement are indicative of a genuine desire to address the issues facing the young, or simply hollow incentives aimed at scraping as many extra votes as possible in the run up to what is set to be an incredibly tightly contested general election.

Students Stage Nationwide Protests Following 'Extreme' Police Violence At Warwick

Huffington Post UK | Keumars Afifi-Sabet | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Students across the country are staging occupations and protests after police were accused of using "extreme, disproportionate" violence to break up a...

Is There Any Room for the Right in Student Politics?

Keumars Afifi-Sabet | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Keumars Afifi-Sabet

The anti-establishment nature of the student movement has also been a permanent, seemingly uncompromising fixture. Some of the major issues facing students too - rising rents and the day-to-day costs of living for example - could arguably be fixed by implementing a series of interventionist policies than by relying on the free market.

Why Were 70 Students Lying Dead Outside UCL?

Huffington Post UK | Keumars Afifi-Sabet | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Students "dropped dead" outside a UCL Council meeting last Friday to protest the university’s reported £14.4m investment in the fossil fuel industr...

Young People - We've Got to Take Politics More Seriously

Christian Weaver | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Christian Weaver

The sad reality is that unless there is a radical change in the perceptions that young people have of politics in the very near future, a significant proportion of young people will have opted out of the electoral system by either not voting, or not registering to vote.

Ukip MEP Fails to Charm Young Voters

Natalie Nezhati | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Nezhati

Ukip MEP Tim Aker recently paid a visit to his old sixth form. Hoping to win over the soon-to-be first time voters he stood with folded arms as lines of teenagers spilled noisily into the lecture theatre. Within minutes hundreds of seats had filled and late-arrivers were perching in the aisles...

Student Activism Is Run By Selfish Lefties - Shocker?

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lukas Mikelionis

The fact is that maddening fatuous narcissist left wing zealots run student unions, societies, groups, and the whole activism complex. For them, the primary duty isn't to represent students' interests, rather contrary, it's to ensure that their interests are in tact since it's "for the greater good."

This House Believes That Popularity Is Enough to Justify A Platform

Joseph Miles | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joseph Miles

To "platform" a view is not to legitimise it. Only the responses to a view can do that. It is my firm view that "platforming" obnoxious beliefs actually helps to delegitimise them, in so far as the sheer repulsiveness of a view becomes obvious when shown in a public arena. I remain convinced that bigotry can never be based on facts, and that is why I am proud to propose the motion.

Why I #DoDemocracy

Rhammel Afflick | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rhammel Afflick

Campaigning has become daily routine for me. I now know that no matter what my job is and where I am in the world it'll always be something I'm proud to be involved in and that motivates me.

On Dapper Laughs: Toppled From Up High, But Why Was He Allowed to the Top at the First Place?

Alexandra Gerrity | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alexandra Gerrity

Dapper Laughs shoud have never been filmed, never made the funding table, never been seen by the commissioning editor and yet the incidious 'humour' was allowed to be broadcast buffeted by men and women in the industry.

Forget Myleene's Mansions - Britain's Housing System Is Just a Rigged Lottery for the Richest

Jack Butler | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Butler

You shouldn't be able to get rich because you bought a house for a pittance in 1974 that's now, all of a sudden, worth a fortune. Property in the UK today is a lottery that doesn't sell any tickets to the poorest. That's unfair, and, mansion tax or no mansion tax, it ought to change.

Live Updates: #FreeEducation Student Demo Protest 2014

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff & George Bowden | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Thousands of students took to the streets of London on Wednesday demanding the government provides free education. The campaign has been organised ...

It's Time Britain Scrapped Tuition Fees - Let's Follow Germany's Example

Aaron Kiely | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aaron Kiely

We are angry. Tuition fees are £9,000. Student debt on graduation now averages over £40,000... Our debts are on a scale unthinkable even a decade ago. Life-shaping debts. Debts so large that they determine what jobs we look for, where we live and even whether to start a family.

Your Voice Matters - An Open Note to All MPs on Reaching Our Young People

Tom Brake | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Brake

There's already a lot of buzz around Parliament about the upcoming election. On 7 May , over three million young people will have the chance to vote in Britain for the first time. Here's the bad: only one-third of young people say that they will vote, compared to two-thirds of the general population and 75% of those over 65.

'Shameful' NUS Accused Of Encouraging Students To Withdraw From National Demo

The Huffington Post UK | Keumars Afifi-Sabet | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The National Union of Students has been accused of "actively encouraging" students’ unions to pull out of the upcoming Free Education demo - after i...

This House Supports the Right to Be Forgotten

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

On Thursday October 23rd the Cambridge Union Society hosted a debate sponsored by Mendeley about the right to be forgotten online, and voted to oppose the motion. Gabriel Hughes, VP of Analytics at Elsevier and a former executive at Google, outlines his own stance in opposition and reflects on the overall debate.

Young Londoners Give Nick Clegg A Grilling

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was given a grilling by young Londoners on Tuesday, who demanded to know Clegg appeared on BBC's Free Speech to tr...

Why We All Need Free Education

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

I believe that people like me have a duty to preserve the opportunities we had for future generations. So I'll be supporting the students' 19th November demonstration, and hope that people from our community come out to voice their desire for a fairer education and a better future.

Ukip Victory Is a False Dawn for British Democracy

Ella Griffiths | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Griffiths

Wikimedia Commons, Eurorealist Newsletter It cannot be denied that UKIP have had a good month. Not only has Nigel Farage been invited to take part i...

No Apology: Islam and ISIS, a Contradiction

Yasmin Ahmed | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Yasmin Ahmed

The fact of the matter is that Muslims have always spoken out against groups like ISIS. Yet it is worth noting that after these extremist groups act, Muslims across the globe (and in particular the Western world) are left stranded in the centre of an imperial dichotomy which labels them according to "fundamental" and "moderate" Muslims.

Pussy Riot To Speak At Cambridge Union

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Members of the Russian feminist protest group Pussy Riot are to speak at the Cambridge Union in November, which has previously played host to figures ...

Reducing Tuition Fees to £6,000 Won't Win Labour the Student Vote

Dan Falvey | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dan Falvey

Labour would be best rethinking this potential pledge before it is announced. A cut in tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000 will not help Labour successfully captured the student vote. It will instead send a message to students that they agree with the tuition fees policy implemented by the coalition.

Goldsmiths Row As Holocaust Motion Voted Down Over 'Colonial' Fears

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A row has erupted between students at a London university after a proposal to commemorate the Holocaust was voted down, with students expressing conce...

Sorry Greens, the TV Debates Just Aren't for You

Joe Storey | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Storey

The self-importance of the Greens is astonishing. In case you've missed the pandemonium, the Greens have threatened legal action over TV broadcasters excluding the party from the planned TV debates during the run-up to next year's general election...

A New Workforce of the Lowest Paid

Dr Carole Easton | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Carole Easton

Did anyone spot the commitment in both the main parties' conference speeches to create a new workforce of thousands of young people - millions even - paid just £2.73 an hour? Actually the initiative wasn't just spotted but welcomed, alongside promises on zero hours contracts and the National Minimum Wage.