Student Politics

Lucy Sherriff

Regardless Of The Outcome, The Scottish Debate Has Impassioned A Generation

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

On Thursday, Scotland will vote on its future - an event which has divided the nation. But, regardless of the outcome, the referendum debate has infla...

Oh Plymouth. You Know The Sh*t's Hit The Fan When Even The Students Next Door Are Mocking You

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

When we were at university (quiet at the back there - it wasn't that long ago), there was always pride in hating the university closest to you, the ne...

Personal Finance Education Is a Waste of Time, Right?

Michael Mercieca | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Mercieca

I know that any education about the mysterious world of money would have been gratefully received. For a start, it would have made maths lessons a whole lot more interesting - and a great deal more meaningful. Personal finance and money management is, after all, maths in action.

Scottish Students Lose Chance To Vote In IndyRef After Embarrassing 'Cock-Up'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A group of Scottish students have lost the chance to vote on whether their country stays part of the United Kingdom following an embarrassing "cock-up...

A Message to the Left

Ashley Husband Powton | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ashley Husband Powton

Instead of arguing that we should all remain unhappy in the UK for the sake of futile and abstract 'class solidarity', let's wake up to the fact that Scottish Independence offers the best opportunity for radical change that we on the left will see in our lifetime.

Scotland Can be Independent, Scotland Should

Megan Stamper | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Stamper

I think it is clear that the majority of people living in Scotland believe in the benefits of free education, of a publicly funded NHS and of socially progressive welfare policies. Many of such ideas originated in a post-war United Kingdom. However, it appears to me that England is the one diverging sharply from this united ideological status quo.

Forget Ukip - Chase the Youth Vote

Bradley Allsop | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

The main parties shouldn't be tripping over themselves to out-do UKIP, allowing the far-right to set the debate, and dance to Farage's tune. Instead politicians should be focusing on one of the most neglected demographics, giving what will soon be the people running society a sense of hope and inclusion - regardless of their country of origin. Politicians instead, should be chasing young voters.

How to Undermine Your Gender in One Easy Step

Sophie Pope | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Pope

You know what's cool? Sticking together as a gender and showing our strength through our ability to support and encourage each other. Not bitching each other out by posting a picture on the internet, encouraging outsiders to laugh at the fact that women died so that we have rights.

My Family Are Alive, But What They Have Been Through Is Undescribable

Malaka Shwaikh | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Malaka Shwaikh

On Sunday, I was in London preparing myself to go to Sheffield. I checked the news and the first photo I noticed is of my aunt and cousin along with their children. They were crying. This was scary enough for me to start unconsciously crying. Reading the news, I know that my family have no more homes or are dead.

Birmingham Uni Suspends Students Over Peaceful Protest

The Huffington Post UK | Jess Edwards | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Are student protests a thing of the past? The University of Birmingham seems to think so. On Wednesday the university announced the suspension of ...

Why Fox News Would NEVER Work In The UK

Zac Forman | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Zac Forman

Our news broadcasters are there as public servers, they support and accommodate for the whole of the country which includes, all of our multicultural society. Whilst, Fox News only focuses on one particular agenda which doesn't bring any benefit for their country.

Galloway Has Got It Right: Just Say Naw

Craig Todd | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Craig Todd

I, for one, cannot wait for this debate to be over in September. Once, we finally get over this issue, we can finally focus on the real issues - housing, social security, schooling, the NHS, pensions etc. Only when the referendum has concluded we will turn back to these issues and deal with them as a united nation.

Student Union Elections: Does Your Vote Matter?

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

With candidates making promises to have a pay-as-you-go gym, a free annual music event or free printer credits, it seems a shame that the elections still fail to capture the attention of the majority of the student population. Students should try to engage more with Guild politics to get the most out of their university experience and ensure that they are fully represented by the best possible candidate.

Tackling Our Youth Democracy Crisis

Lord Roberts | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Roberts

This Bill is the first step in tackling our youth democracy crisis. We need to equip electoral registration officers with the right tools to make our democracy as strong as possible. This Bill, I suggest, is a leap in the right direction and I very much hope that the Government give it a fair hearing in this Parliamentary Session.

The Impending Doom for 'Soft Subject' GCSEs

Alix Long | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

When I look back to the 15-year-old I was this time last year, it seems hard to believe that I was right slap-bang in the middle of my GCSEs, ploughing through the revision, and hadn't yet suffered a mental breakdown....

21-Year-Old Student Becomes Youngest Woman Ever To Be Elected As Mayor..

The Huffington Post UK | Louisa Clack | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A 21-year-old female student has become the youngest woman ever to be elected as Mayor after first entering politics to campaign about tuna paninis. ...

Lucy Sherriff

Disabled Students Forced To Fight For Equal Rights Following Funding Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Vulnerable young people are being forced to battle for equal disability rights after the government announced it would be cutting funding for the disa...

Oxford University Votes To Leave NUS In Shock Exit

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 22.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Oxford University's student union has voted to leave the National Union of Students and became the latest university to turn its back on the student b...

From Rapping in the European Parliament to a Pornographic Cartoon: How to Get Young People to Vote

Giuseppe Porcaro | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Politics
Giuseppe Porcaro

We hope to see, over these next few days, some of these campaigns have an impact on the number of young people across Europe going to cast their vote. However, catchy campaigns are not enough to make the difference. Educating young people in political life, how to vote and what political parties offer them on the issues that they care about, is also vital.

European Elections... Consider This

Louis Hall | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Hall

Ukip have played off this way of thinking, and offered a "way out." With phrases like "political correctness gone mad" being bandied about, they've created this image that they're a British party for British people, but unlike the BNP, they're not racist.

Why I'm Voting NO to NUS

Joseph Miles | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joseph Miles

As the NUS's structure is so fundamentally flawed, and the NUS establishment benefits from the current system whereby they can make sure that serial hacks always gain the cosiest positions, we are unlikely to see serious reform any time soon... Let's leave the NUS, and lead fellow student organisations in designing a union that truly represents the interests of all students.

Politics Can Be Rock 'n' Roll

Giuseppe Porcaro | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Politics
Giuseppe Porcaro

I have just returned from Strasbourg, where for three days the European Youth Forum ran its annual YO!Fest as part of the European Youth Event, which took place at the European Parliament. I have come back to Brussels truly heartened and inspired by the ideas and motivation of the 5,300 young people that came together for this event...

Changing the World One Hashtag at a Time

Isabelle Younane | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Isabelle Younane

The danger of the hashtag is the accompanying sense that the hashtagger has 'done their bit' in a humanitarian crisis. No need to submit a monetary donation, volunteer for a charity or arrange a fundraiser like the good old days; the beauty of social media means that you just have to press a key and you've made somebody's life that little bit better. But have you?

The 2015 Election Will Affect 16-year-olds as Much as 18-year-olds, So We Deserve the Right to Vote

Daniel Wittenberg | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel Wittenberg

Politics is a rare aspect of British life that people under 18 are not allowed to be part of, which merely underlines how outdated the existing voting age has become. Young people are perfectly capable of making choices, so it's time for the Westminster classes to lower the drawbridge for a democratic election to everyone bound by its result.

What Can Labour Offer Young People?

James Coe | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Politics
James Coe

Labour must ensure that as many young people as possible are eligible to vote in the next general election. This is the demographic that are most likely to vote Labour - and the demographic who are most ignored by politicians.