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Why Exeter Will Soon Leave the NUS

Charlie Evans | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Evans

University of Exeter students have gone to the polls to vote as to whether the Students' Guild should vote to leave the National Union of Students or remain in it. We are only onto day 3, but at the time of writing, the Leave side has opened up a 250-vote lead, and it is projected to get to the highest ever turnout in a Student Vote.

An Open Letter to the Chief of Ofsted and the Education Secretary

Ella Marshall | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Marshall

Mr Wilshaw and Mrs Morgan, I sincerely hope that you do not rest easy at night when the servants of your system lie awake toiling and panicking over what extra workload tomorrow may bring...

I Shouldn't Have to Force My University to Be Accountable to Its Students

Rebecca Pinnington | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Pinnington

No one should have to force them into being accountable; this should be a decision they make freely with the students' interests at heart - if there's one thing my case can achieve, I hope it's the beginnings of a more democratic and considerate university.

This Student Is Going To Legally Change His Name To Jack Dawson If Leo Doesn't Win An Oscar

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education

We all want Leo to win an Oscar. But no-one is backing the Revenant star as much as student William Lloyd, who previously achieved internet fame af...

'The Best Years of Your Life'

Katie Grace | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Grace

I am strong believer in the idea that University will make or break you, but either way you end up with a degree and a lot of life experience. After looking on gov.uk I discovered I will receive my State Pension in 2063, so I'm not sure if I can call University the best, or the worst, years of my life just yet.

18 Things You Missed at National Student Pride 2016

Jamie Wareham | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jamie Wareham

I currently have MEGA post-pride blues. It's my third year helping out with National Student Pride since it came to London, and in an attempt to boost my levels to those I get when in our luminous pink skinny jeans - I've jotted down my highlights of the Saturday...

How to Get Into the Design Industry

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

As with any career, the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult, and design is no different. There is no definitive set of rules when embarking on a career in the creative, but there are many ways to strengthen your case. I've created a list of four tips that are easy to implement, no matter your current status, and will help assist you on your journey to design success.

Maintenance Grants: What's All The Fuss About?

Kadie Eve | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kadie Eve

Now don't get me wrong, I am no supporter of the Tories. But on this occasion I must ask students, is this really the most important thing to you? Is this really the worst thing this government has done to us? If you think so then I would like to send you back to 2010 when the Conservative majority government tripled our tuition fees.

Boozy Britain: Are We Encouraging Alcoholism in Our Youth?

Angeli Bhandal | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Angeli Bhandal

Now I enjoy several drinks as much as the next student, but how much is too much? With many uni events solely based on alcohol, I find myself sympathising with those who don't drink - there is very little left in uni culture if you don't 'down it, fresher'!

Humanities Students - What Are We Paying For?

Beth Hurst | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Beth Hurst

I am of the opinion that all learning is good learning, and that intelligent people going out into the world will do great things, no matter what their degree or how much it cost. Sadly Universities are becoming a place of profit rather than learning. I want to be a student, not a customer, but as the debt I face piles higher and higher, I have to ask - what exactly am I paying for?

The Student Nurses Problem

Isabel Alcock | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Isabel Alcock

As everyone saw in the recent budget George Osborne wants to cut costs in order to help the country pay off its debt. However one of his more interest...

Muslim Student Punched In The Face In Birmingham City Centre For 'Wearing A Hijab'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A Muslim teenager was punched in the face in broad daylight for "wearing a hijab", and the attack in Birmingham has left the student too scared to wal...

Gain Strength From Fear

Kate Elliott | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

I can't decide if Timehop and Facebook memories are helpful and motivating or really difficult at the moment. I've been faced with daily reminders of ...

Life Doesn't Come With A Manual

Kate Elliott | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

If you're thinking about taking a leave of absence, make sure you get a few different opinions, work out the reality of what it will mean (i.e. will you have to restart any modules) and try and hold on to the fact that often taking time out can be the strongest decision, rather than any sign of failure...

The Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs of a UCL Rent Striker

Jamal Thomas Rizvi | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jamal Thomas Rizvi

Six months after the strike began, we finally have what we deserve. We didn't let UCL walk all over us despite their significant resources. We made ourselves heard and as a result, we are now being compensated for our full third term's worth of rent - £1,638 each.

Why the DWP Are a Joke

Imogen Groome | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Groome

It truly is a sorry state of affairs when your only option, if you want to move forward with your graduate career, is to sign off jobseeker's allowance until you've done work experience, then sign back on again. Losing money because you're trying to pursue a career they don't seem willing to recognise. I mean, that's my option if they don't ring the paper and completely screw things up for me with them.

Ten Tips for Surviving Uni When Someone You Love Is Dying

Naomi Barrow | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Packing up your bedroom and going to uni is exciting and scary whether you're going into your first year, or subsequent years. Packing up and heading off to uni and leaving behind a parent (or other family member) who is dying brings a whole host of new challenges and worries.

Freshers Finance: The Dos and Don'ts

Claire Beveridge | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Beveridge

A word of advice, do not leave university with more debt than you need to. Here are some pointers on how not to amass more red hanging around your neck.

Why We Want International Students to Work in the UK

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

The international students in the UK provide British universities with so much money, it would really not be detrimental to us in any significant way for them to work part-time or find graduate jobs after studying. Many of us Brits love to travel, study abroad, work abroad, and retire abroad. We need to be more open to those who wish to do the same in the UK.

Nick Hampson - The Student Entrepreneur to Watch

Emma Jacobs | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Jacobs

Alongside his degree, Oxford Student Nick Hampson has a handful of flourishing ventures. His latest, an app, is currently in an investment series (aiming to entice investors) in order to raise a quarter of a million pounds.

Reflections on Returning Home After Studying Abroad

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

While I was catching up on Made in Chelsea (post-study abroad life) an advert for Wilkinson Sword popped up. It showed a girl talking about jumping in...

Durham Law Graduate And Miss World Hopeful: Beauty Pageants Aren't Sexist

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Gough | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Laura Collins, a Durham University law graduate and Miss World hopeful, has said she "agrees entirely" with beauty pageants' values. Laura, a 22-y...

Why Are We Ignoring the Student Living Costs Struggle?

Richard Batt | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Batt

While most of the focus is understandably on the rise of cost of student loans, the financial struggles for university students is just as important. When a student is paying up to £9,000 a year to go to university, the pressure is on them to ensure they walk away with a qualification. When they cannot afford to pay for rent or food, it is likely that the stress will impact their studies - especially if their parents cannot assist them in any way.

A Different Kind of Plantation Tour

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

I've been lucky enough to have my family visit me here in New Orleans. My first visit was in March from my sister and her boyfriend. I had yet to do a plantation tour so we thought it would be a good idea to go on one together...

Ignorance Is Not Strength: We Need to Stop Being Scared of Debate

Charlie Simpson | Posted 15.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Simpson

There is a growing problem in politics today. In both the left and the right there are those so self-righteous they will either refuse to engage in debate or try and prevent you from doing so. Often these are important causes that get hijacked by this oppressive minority.