Established by the United Nations (UN) in 1985, the day is a celebration of volunteering on a global scale. The focus for IVD 2013 is to highlight the contribution of youth volunteers working towards global peace and sustainable development. It is the recognition that young people can act as agents of change within communities.
Everyone knows that children's literature can't possibly be high quality, right? It doesn't count as proper literary fiction, does it? It can't make people consider big issues or challenge ideas of genre, can it? This week, the University of Kent's creative writing programme embarrassed itself by its advertising strategy, followed by a series of rather ignorant tweets.
For every track I listen to, and for every new musical genre I discover and fall in love with, I am forever thankful to those people who first exposed me to music; in all its' culturally-significant, happiness-inducing, memory-evoking brilliance.
Admitting that you have mental health issues whilst you are a student feels like you are coming out of the closet, as it probably does in any stage of your life. Not in the traditional sense of the term 'closet', but in another sense; a sense of hiding away and fearing having these difficult conversations with people.
I'm well aware that I'm not in a position to be picky. There are a lot of people who are quite good at doing things with words. So when, a few weeks ago, I was offered a full-time position as a 'document writer' for a small but growing company, you'd expect me to have jumped on it. I turned it down.
It's a familiar situation to many of us. You've just graduated from University and it's time to find a job. However, these days it's not so simple as ...
Your personal statement shows universities and colleges that you would be a great student and is one of the most important criteria when you are considered for a course. Tutors use them to compare applicants, so make yours stand out. It's the same personal statement for all courses you apply to - so avoid mentioning universities or colleges by name, and ideally choose similar subjects
It's the website that's taken thousands of Facebook photos without user consent and asked the public to rate their 'hotness.' After a week of thousands of shocked students discovering their profiles are on the 'hot or not' RateMash site, the man behind it all, Michael Healy, breaks his silence.
As a Welsh girl studying in Edinburgh, it is with a heavy heart that I hear the nationalistic cries for independence. You can't fool me SNP, with your White Papers and your shoddy economic policies. I've heard it all before, albeit in slightly Welsher accents.
The two traditional reasons for the destruction of the academic job market are attributed to the marketisation of education and to the government cuts in the Humanities and in the Social Sciences. Although these are the causes of the crisis, the structural damage is done by the reaction of the departments to the new status quo.
I concede that the Hunger Games is an important warning, a vision of the not too distant future if inequality and poverty persists as it does. This is the message of the Hunger Games. This is why I have a real issue with the blatant branding of the franchise.
Simon Cowell's TV talent-show format has grown tired and exhausted. There are only so many accusations of fixing results and sob stories the nation can take. Cowell's vow to 'shake up' the show for next year begs the question: will anyone care enough to watch it?
The national press have recently been obsessing with the election of Louis Trup to the presidency of Oxford University's student union. Trup is far from being a joke. Sure he's a hilarious guy. After all, writing a manifesto - sorry I meant 'personifesto' - completely in crayon was absolute genius. We cannot deny that LJ Trup is good fun - but he's no joke.
My first article published on the Huffington Post, titled 'The Rise in Plymouth's Drug Scene' has seen a wealth of responses, both positive and negative. I've received hate mail, love letters and a plethora of other comments to an otherwise small article...
In a time of economic crisis, it is understandable that many families hit by financial hardships build up sometimes crushing levels of debt. This is often the only option for single-parents or low-earners, particularly those without strong familial ties to their own parents and relatives...
Atwood H. Townsend once said "No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance." I couldn't agree more and while I know a handful of people who enjoy reading for pleasure, there are very few students and millennials in general who take pride in their personal reading list...