Student Politics

The Vindication of the Sussex Five: When Will the Vice-Chancellor Resign?

Adriano Mérola Marotta | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Adriano Mérola Marotta

A year ago on the 17 January, I was brought to a disciplinary hearing where I faced the prospects of expulsion from my Master's degree. My crime? I dared stand alongside fellow students and workers, relentlessly protesting the plans to privatise our essential support services.

Sussex University Ordered To Apologise, Pay Compensation To Students Over Suspensions

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Sussex University has been ordered to apologise and pay thousands in compensation to three students who were unfairly suspended for participating in a...

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

Adam Seldon | Posted 15.01.2015 | 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 12.01.2015 | 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...

UEA Takes Steps Toward a Sexual Harassment-Free Campus in 2015

Sophie Jackson | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Jackson

The University of East Anglia is taking a powerful step toward making students safer from sexual harassment on campus this year. This Monday, 12th January, they are launching the Never OK campaign, a strong visual campaign created to challenge sexual harassment...

Why David Cameron Rejecting Election Debates Is a Totally Great Idea

Jack Butler | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Butler

I'm certain that the only factor in the prime minister's mind when he made this announcement was the issue of fairness - not the tactical consideration that the Greens might take votes from the prime minister's rivals, or the fact that incumbents rarely do well in debates, or that he didn't do fantastically in them last time. I also believe that the whole notion of TV debates during one of the most significant elections in years should indeed hinge on the inclusion of a party commanding less than 10% of the vote in nationwide polling.

Cameron Refuses Millions of Voters

Harry Hitchens | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Politics
Harry Hitchens

#WeWantMore from you, David! Young people are itching to get involved. And if the youth is disillusioned with government then make an effort to awaken them! Everyone cares about the issues that politics can address; we just need our leaders to have enough respect for us to encourage our outrage to be channeled into political change.

Theresa May: We Are Here to Stay

Mostafa Rajaai | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Mostafa Rajaai

As many international students in the UK prepare for a Christmas period alone, because we cannot afford to fly back to see our families, the news of Theresa May's plans to deport us upon graduation comes as a low blow.

Student Funding: We Must Demand More

Shelly Asquith | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Shelly Asquith

There are a number of ways the student funding system can be made more accessible and complementary of a model of free education. We need to keep grants and benefits in our demands and force the Government to act before another year of would-be graduates delay or avoid education altogether.

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 25.01.2015 | 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 25.01.2015 | 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 21.01.2015 | 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 20.01.2015 | 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 19.01.2015 | 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 19.01.2015 | 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 17.01.2015 | 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 13.01.2015 | 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 09.01.2015 | 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.