Student Politics

What Can Labour Offer Young People?

James Coe | Posted 15.04.2014 | 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.

General Elections 2015: What Is In Store For The Students?

The Huffington Post UK | Indigo Ellis | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

In just over a year's time the nation will take to the polling booths, bolstered by the months of political campaigning that precede every General Ele...

Let the Fight for a Free Education Begin!

Jamie Green | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jamie Green

We won't win free education overnight; it will take long years of debate, proving the public value of higher education to the public and we will need to tackle the issue of access to education, so a mature student from Tower Hamlets has the same chance of getting into UCL as their 18 year-old counterpart from Richmond.

In Defence of National Union of Students

Richard Brooks | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Brooks

Yes, NUS (and especially National Conference) can be messy and frustrating and weird. There were 800 people representing 7 million students this week. Do we always get it right? Do we hell.

It's Time to Fell the Students' Union Censors

David Siesage | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
David Siesage

What is the most damaging and pernicious phenomenon currently infiltrating British higher education? For many, it is 'lad culture' - the pervasive 'scourge' of university bars across the country. For others, it is sexism - widespread, deplorable, and often blamed on the aforementioned 'lads'. For me, it is the illiberalism of students' unions.

Young Greens Hold Unprecedented National Ballot to Pick NUS Favourites

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Josiah Mortimer

After a national ballot of all members, the youth branch of the Green Party has voted to back University of London Union Vice President Daniel Cooper by 71% to be the next leader of the NUS.

Ed Miliband Is Right: Britain Can Do Better Than This

Joe Storey | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Storey

Ed Miliband is right, "Britain can do better than this". Britain can do better than political populism and price fixing which should have been left in the 1970s.

Do More 24 - Celebrating Student Volunteering Week with Warwick Volunteers

Courtney Giles | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Courtney Giles

Volunteering is something I have been heavily involved in whilst at University and now in my final year, I am on the Student Executive Committee for Warwick Volunteers. Throughout the year we do plenty of volunteering and offer students many different opportunities, but we use Student Volunteering Week as a celebration of all the volunteering that goes on at Warwick.

Students' Unions Are Political, Whether You Like It or Not

Jamie Green | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jamie Green

In my two years as a sabbatical officer I've spent lots of time debating issues and ideas. One that keeps arising time and time again (particularly around election time I might add) is that of the Students' Union being 'Political' - for some this makes sense, for others taking stances this is divisive or unrepresentative. I think that either way your Union is political and I'd like to say why.

Swansea Students' Union Meltdown?

Gemma Parry | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gemma Parry

Several things have happened in my students' union at Swansea University within the last few weeks, leading up to the Full Time Officer Elections, which are starting this week (24th March). It's been an interesting past few weeks, with student participation, awareness and involvement in the students' union at an all time high...

Immigration: Is a Sensible Debate Impossible?

Alex Porter | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Porter

As long as the debate on immigration is hijacked by the most self-righteous on the left and those pursuing a divisive, xenophobic, anti-welfare agenda on the right, a sensible discussion remains out of the question. If such extremism and infighting among the political classes continue to dominate the debate, the concerns of ordinary people will doubtless go ignored for the sake of political point-scoring.

Watch Tony Abbott Squirm As Students Ask Some Very Awkward Questions

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Australia's prime minister Tony Abbott probably wished he was back in question time and facing the opposition after a fierce, and occasionally awkward...

Watch: Student Releases Hilarious Wolf of Wall Street Parody To Run For Union President

The Huffington Post UK | Imogen Groome | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A student has released a hilarious parody of Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" for his student election campaign video, which features snort...

Glasgow Students 'Vote' AGAINST Scottish Independence

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

As the debate for and against Scottish independence hots up, a group of students have given a good idea of which way they'd be voting after rejecting ...

Why Are Students So Disengaged With University Politics?

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Clark | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Nothing polarises the student population quite like election season; some students passionately throw themselves into campaigning and canvassing while...

10 Things You'll Only Understand If You're A Politics Student

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Clark | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

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Lawyers Brand University 'Unlawful, Devious' Over Student Disciplinaries

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Clark | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Human rights lawyers have accused a university of being "unlawful", "devious" and guilty of abusing disciplinary proceedings by refusing its students ...

Student Union Elections - The Fights and Farce of Campaigns

Veronica Melkonian | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Veronica Melkonian

In my third year as a student at the University of Surrey, I am currently on placement working in London. Having experienced two USSU elections as a student in Surrey, I have now gained the perspective of a student residing outside the Guildford bubble; using social media as my sole form of staying updated during the elections.

Students Vote To Save University of London Union In Face Of Closure

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Students in London have voted to save their student union after the university threatened to turn it into a management-run services centre in order to...

The Revolution Will Be Tweeted: The Need for Online Voting in General Elections

Areeq Chowdhury | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Politics
Areeq Chowdhury

We have a problem in the UK with engaging young people to vote. In the last three General Elections, the turnout for young people aged 18 to 24 has been less than half; the lowest of all age groups. This needs to be addressed and I have a solution. We need to modernise our democracy and introduce an online voting option for all UK elections.

In a Relationship: The Truth About Living With a Boy

Francesca Selsby | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Francesca Selsby

This is one for the girls. Thinking about taking your relationship to the next level and moving in together? The truth is boys will be boys and that won't change even when you live together...

Don't Let the European Elections Be the First Step Towards Fewer Opportunities for Young People

Liam Beattie | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Beattie

Not voting in the European elections on 22 May means letting others decide what Europe you will live in and what opportunities you will and won't have in the future. That's why engaging and participating is so important.

Questioning the Daily Mail's Depiction of Student Living

Anna Rhodes | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Rhodes

Student living is blighted by poverty, a tiresome workload and a lack of suitable living conditions: this is the reality of what university is all about. Is it any surprise that some find it necessary to blow off steam and hit the streets for a night of carefree living?

Students To Vote On Whether To Elect Snowden As University Representative

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The final votes in the rector election at one of the UK's oldest universities will be cast on Tuesday, with nominees including whistleblower Edward Sn...

UKIP: A Convenient Enemy for British Liberal Democracy

Tom Vine | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Vine

As well as being the new dark horse in British politics, Ukip have become well-known for their radically right-wing politics, unmistakeably expressing racist, sexist, homophobic views - you name it, they've said it. For many they have become a force to be defeated and left to the history books.