Increasingly the choice of course to study at university is a matter that involves careful consideration and thought as to what is best; a process that now involves parents who will be expected to assist in providing funding.
The notion of cultural Americanization begs a related question: is America an exceptional country? Clearly, the United States military can transport troops and resources at a scale and speed that no other country can match. Moreover, domestic crises at home, including bi-partnership disputes and financial instability, have repercussions all over the world.
Over one thousand students are expected to protest today against the Government's proposal to sell student loans to private companies. The 'National Day of Action', to be staged at 26 universities across the country including Oxford, Cambridge, Sheffield and LSE will be co-ordinated by the Student Assembly Against Austerity (SAAA).
Without question, the actions of these young men were insensitive, irresponsibile and idiotic; but there is a pervading irrelevance that supersedes this piece's credentials - one that prevents me from giving the authors the pat on the back they might think they deserve.
As we go from day to day yelling at one another over what is acceptable to wear and what is acceptable to say we engage in an invaluable part of our society. To have ourselves heard does not always have to mean by the government or by a bureaucratic state, it can just mean being heard by those we're talking to; the people who have betrayed common sense...
Until the police are able to challenge current perceptions of them on campus, the Prevent Strategy will continue to be opposed like this, with work to understand and document student grievances as a way to begin this process something that Student Rights plans for 2014.
You don't have to look too hard at this government's policies - across the board - to see a pattern emerge. What this government has done, in almost all policy areas, is target young people, making them pay more for education, reducing the benefits which they can claim, making it harder for them to earn a decent living or find a decent home.
We're not interested in winding back the clock. We don't see the world as an epic struggle between capital and labour. And we don't have all the answers. Yet. What we do see is people being disempowered. And not just by the government. What marks out the political discourse of my generation is that we have organised against any power which negatively impacts our lives.
Yes I said it... Students are rich. You may be surviving of Pot Noodles and collecting pennies from street corners to pay for the electricity but do not feel ashamed because you have lots of time available and time is one of the most valuable assets on Earth.
This Christmas, I won't be eating turkey with my family, unwrapping presents and watching panto. I'll be eating dehydrated power food, wrestling with an oar, and watching nothing but the endless waves of the Atlantic ocean.
The Feminist Society at the University carries out some great work, organising events to raise awareness of gender inequality on campus and debating key topics at their meetings. However, the Facebook page is a constant battle, in which participating members appear to enjoy attacking one another's views as opposed to actually coming to an educated conclusion and concentrating on the key issues facing women at the University.
Democracy is in crisis. The obstacle we have to overcome is how to solve issues that transcend the boundaries of nations in the most democratic way possible. Benjamin Barber has created the framework for an institution which can bring about more optimism for the world.
Labour's campaign goes much further than the price freeze. Only implementing a two year price freeze would simply be an immature and irrelevant policy. The main aim is to fix up the energy market which in its present form is exploiting consumers.
It's pretty common at university to be bombarded with images of smiling friends helping poor and clearly suffering orphans somewhere in Africa for a week, then going on safari, 'teach and get a tan'. The problem arises from that fact that all too often it is only the corporations organising the opportunities who benefit from volunteer tourism.
What could be more outrageous than the undemocratic trebling of tuition fees, or the fundamentally anti-working class policy of scrapping EMA, denying thousands of poorer students their chance at further and higher education? After the attacks on FEs, raising fees for adult learners and axing half a million places, where could the coalition sink to next?
Did any of you see the flurry of news stories following a recent survey of parents, in which 87% indicated that they thought schools should focus on building a child's character and not on their academic ability alone? The results of the survey certainly made interesting reading. But they also got me thinking about what it is that schools can do to build character in their pupils.