Student Politics

Goldsmiths Row As Holocaust Motion Voted Down Over 'Colonial' Fears

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A row has erupted between students at a London university after a proposal to commemorate the Holocaust was voted down, with students expressing conce...

Sorry Greens, the TV Debates Just Aren't for You

Joe Storey | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Storey

The self-importance of the Greens is astonishing. In case you've missed the pandemonium, the Greens have threatened legal action over TV broadcasters excluding the party from the planned TV debates during the run-up to next year's general election...

A New Workforce of the Lowest Paid

Dr Carole Easton | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Carole Easton

Did anyone spot the commitment in both the main parties' conference speeches to create a new workforce of thousands of young people - millions even - paid just £2.73 an hour? Actually the initiative wasn't just spotted but welcomed, alongside promises on zero hours contracts and the National Minimum Wage.

A Flat Atmosphere at Labour's Conference

Jake Hurfurt | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jake Hurfurt

Yes, the conference in Manchester has had a certain air of expectation that Labour will win in 2015. There is not, however, the excitement that one would expect at the Labour conference preceding their entry to government, and Miliband's speech did not inspire in the way a man giving his last speech as Leader of the Opposition should do.

Why Malala Yousafzai is the Girl we Teenagers Should Aspire to Be Like

Alix Long | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

Malala Yousafzai is not only 'The Girl who was Shot by the Taliban'. She is the girl we teenagers should aspire to be like. She is the girl who will shape our generation, and remind future ones that with the power of education, one can achieve anything and everything.

The Scottish Referendum Is Living Proof - You CAN Get Young People to the Polls

Jack Butler | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Butler

Young people aren't joining political parties at the same rate as they were in the past. They don't vote at local, European or general elections in great numbers. You'd be forgiven for thinking that young people didn't care about politics or the direction of the country. A lot of people did think just that, right up until the Scottish referendum blew that myth out of the water.

Balance the Books: Where Are the Female Authors in GCSE Set Texts?

Laura Maw | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Maw

At GCSE, I studied Steinbeck and Priestley. My first year at A-Level, I studied Browning, Auden, Fitzgerald and Hosseini. It was only in the second year that I studied Carter and Bronte as well as Marlowe. Work by female authors took up less than a third of my secondary education space - and unequal gender representation is set to increase.

Scotland Has Voted No, But What Does This Mean For Our Young People Across The UK?

The Huffington Post UK | Jack May | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The results are in, and Scotland has decided: the United Kingdom will remain united. There’s been lots of noise about the way in which the refer...

Scottish Independence: Westminster Sleeping on Watch Over Scottish R&D Funding

Megan Stamper | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Stamper

Key to my decision regarding Scottish independence, as an academic researcher, are facts and figures regarding Scotland's current Research and Development (R&D) performance as part of the UK...

Lucy Sherriff

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

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 18.09.2014 | 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 19.10.2014 | 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 04.10.2014 | 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 29.09.2014 | 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 28.09.2014 | 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 21.09.2014 | 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. ...