Student Politics

Why Students Are Marching Against a Government Waging a War on the Young and the Working Classes

Hannah Sketchley | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Sketchley

Today, students and activists will take to the streets of London to demand free education and living grants for all. We are putting forward these two positive demands, but they are made in the face of an incredibly negative situation.

UCL Hands Out £100k To Students Striking Over Rent

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education

University College, London is to hand out almost £100,000 to students who have been campaigning, protesting and striking over rent for the past seven...

Loud Liberalism Will Save the Lib Dems

Chris Whiting | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Whiting

Now, four months after our near obliteration, we are convalescing at an encouraging speed. Loud liberalism will save our party and our country. More than ever, the Liberal Democrats need Britain and Britain needs the Liberal Democrats - please don't let us be right without power again.

After Reading This Article, the First Thing I Did Was Join the Women's Equality Party

Stefan Rollnick | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Stefan Rollnick

In a recent article on, a website well known for its Fox News-esque drivel, a man of less integrity than a soggy digestive biscuit wrote...

A Typical Tory Transaction: Tax Cuts for the Rich, Grants Cut for the Poorest Students

Shelly Asquith | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Shelly Asquith

By cutting maintenance grants and replacing them with higher loans, working class students with the lowest incomes will have even more to pay back... I worked long hours in part time jobs, got a credit card and I'm still in my overdraft - but I just about made it. When students are already struggling and support is cut further, how many will we lose?

Ignorance Is Not Strength: We Need to Stop Being Scared of Debate

Charlie Simpson | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Simpson

There is a growing problem in politics today. In both the left and the right there are those so self-righteous they will either refuse to engage in debate or try and prevent you from doing so. Often these are important causes that get hijacked by this oppressive minority.

Human What? - Why the Tories Want to Scrap the Human Right Act

Hannah Jandu | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Jandu

With the election of a fresh Conservative government what better time to re-write, what those on the continent call, the 'Human Rights Act'. I don't know about you, but there is no one I trust more than the party that has, in the past 5 years, marched over 900,000 adults and children to food banks, to create an independent 'British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities'. I mean, nothing says 'dignity for all' like relying on the generosity of others to feed your children.

Tory Government: What Does It Mean for Students?

Shelly Asquith | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Shelly Asquith

In the last five years, students have been attacked at every corner. In the next five, we must expect not 'more of the same' but much, much worse.

Channel 4 Streams the First Ever 'Youth Leaders Debate' - And It's About Time!

Sana Sarwar | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sana Sarwar

Seven youth party leaders took to the stage to debate key issues affecting young voters, ahead of the General Election May 7th. The debate was an on...

What Do Students Want From the Next Government?

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

What have you heard about the future of Higher Education in this General Election campaign? Political point-scoring and endless speculation around which party might prop up another for power makes it a challenge to hear much else above the noise...

Do Young People Hold the Key to the Future?

Tala Sweiss | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tala Sweiss

Young people are the leaders of the next generation, the young minds of the future. Yet it appears that with every election, the number of young people registering to vote is consistently declining.

Young People Should Vote to Make Politicians Listen

James Morris | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Morris

Although it may not be apparent at times, all young people in the UK have much the same rights as their adult counterparts: the right to free speech, the right to liberty, the right to free thought. And once everyone reaches the age of eighteen the right to vote also becomes available - so why don't more young people use it?

Students Have Made Clear That the Current System Simply Cannot Continue: Why We're Occupying LSE

Jade Jackman | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jade Jackman

The culture and education at LSE is known for producing graduates destined for the city. We cannot ignore LSE's role in the relationship between the very financial institutions that brought the economy to its knees and continue to perpetuate economic injustices and fraud.

Why I Am Spending International Women's Day Inside an Occupation

Hope Worsdale | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Hope Worsdale

This weekend, I am celebrating International Women's Day with fellow women and non-binary activists inside an occupation of Senate House, the administrative heart of the University of London. As I look around at these people, with whom I am united in common goals of free and liberated education, an end to austerity and the protection of workers' rights, I am reminded why radical spaces like these are so important.

Is the Gimmockracy of Student Politics An Apocalyptic Vision of the Future of Politics?

Fionn Shiner | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Fionn Shiner

Does student politics offer a depressing vision of the future whereby politics is determined by how little shame one has? If if does then someone pass me the rope.

Want to Win an Election? Talk to Us Not About Us

Mita Desai | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mita Desai

I believe that the low voter turnout of young people was the result of young people feeling excluded or irrelevant to politicians. Instead, it was seen as young people 'not giving a damn'... This has created a chicken and egg cycle of mutual disengagement - until now.

Universities Are Gearing Up For Student Elections - So What Should You Expect?

Keumars Afifi-Sabet | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Keumars Afifi-Sabet

Democracy, as made famous by the Scottish Referendum, is seen as a spell that sparks vast swathes of a population into taking meaningful political action. On university campuses, however, democracy is a little more virulent in nature.

'Freeze The Fees': Durham Students Protest Accommodation Price Rises

The Huffington Post UK | Matt Field | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Students from Durham University protested against their university’s plans to increase accommodation fees by 8%, after it was revealed living costs ...

Students Surging for Green

Eve Hartley | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eve Hartley

The impending fate of the student movement now lies on the shoulders of Miliband and Cameron. They need to start bringing student policies to the foreground, or risk losing key constituencies to the swing student vote.

Today, Let's Show the Country That Young People Aren't 'Apathetic' or 'Lazy'

Sara Ghaffari | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sara Ghaffari

As a generation we hold a lot of power and we have the power to enforce the changes we want. By registering to vote, we BECOME votes worth winning. We get included in their re-election strategy. Our views and opinions will automatically be listened to and valued. Then, we ARE votes worth winning.

The Green Index: Who's Voting Green?

Laurence Stellings | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Politics
Laurence Stellings

Demographically, Green Party support clearly skews younger - with those aged 18-24 much more likely to support the party than any other age group. Those aged 45+ are less likely than average to support the party...

Should Men Get a Say in Abortion?

Jack Fletcher | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

At first glance it makes sense that men, who helped create what is now a foetus in a pregnant woman, should have a say in if a woman has an abortion or not. So it seems pretty logical to give men a legal part in the decision to some extent right? The problem is it's just not that simple.

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

Adriano Mérola Marotta | Posted 24.03.2015 | 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 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.