Student Politics

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 04.07.2014 | 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 26.06.2014 | 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 11.06.2014 | 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 04.06.2014 | 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 | 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.

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 14.06.2014 | 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 12.06.2014 | 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 10.06.2014 | 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 07.06.2014 | 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 01.06.2014 | 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 25.05.2014 | 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 24.05.2014 | 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 23.05.2014 | 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...