Student Politics

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.

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...

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

Sophie Jackson | Posted 13.03.2015 | 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 11.03.2015 | 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 10.03.2015 | 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 20.02.2015 | 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.