Student Politics

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

Jade Jackman | Posted 18.03.2015 | 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 07.03.2015 | 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 04.03.2015 | 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 04.03.2015 | 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 03.03.2015 | 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 17.02.2015 | 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 05.02.2015 | 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 02.02.2015 | 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 30.01.2015 | 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.

Student Funding: We Must Demand More

Shelly Asquith | Posted 20.02.2015 | 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 11.02.2015 | 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 02.02.2015 | 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 28.01.2015 | 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...