There is hope of real change. Some venues, notably the London Olympic Park, is now paying the London living wage of £9.70 an hour.
Across the UK there has been a disturbing lack of research into sexual violence and consent at universities, a testament to how we are failing to ensure a safe and enjoyable time to students. What little evidence that has been collated is not reassuring.
The NUS, and all those involved in the student movement, should categorically refuse to be drawn into the government's attempt to define the limits of "respectability" in the Muslim community and our movement as a whole. These games are aimed at blunting opposition to Islamophobia and curtailing our civil liberties more widely. If we stand by and let Cage get victimised, we will all ultimately suffer.
It matters to all of us. The cuts to bursaries will significantly impact the future workforce of the NHS, affecting anyone accessing services. That is why I am walking out with the NHS students in Manchester today. Alongside junior doctors, local community activists and students' union reps, I'll be demanding an NHS that values patients as well as the students and staff who keep it running every day.
Being born, and living in London I spent the first eighteen years of my life assuming that everyone was pro-choice, the choice being whether or not to have children. I took the provision of abortion as a healthcare right for granted, as it had always been available to me, and I assumed that was the case in the rest of the United Kingdom. I was wrong.
Time Magazine recently published an article describing the singular 'they' pronoun as 2016's word of the year. If this is an accurate title, it's surprising to me how many people are still unaware of its existence...
To be top of class for social mobility, London can't just provide an excellent education for those under 16 - it needs to help young people at all levels into good jobs. Which ever candidate becomes London Mayor this May, a priority must be to ensure that good vocational and graduate routes to work are available for all young Londoners.
When I chose to study at LSE I anticipated vibrant debate and a rainbow of political ideologies, all coming together to discuss our different beliefs (in a respectful way of course). But sadly this is not the case, oh no, any chance of alternative, perhaps controversial opinions are nipped well and truly in the bud, before any spark of discussion can rear its head; anything outside of the status quo seems to come with a trigger warning and offence is taken left, right and centre.
#WIM2016. Inspired by the editors of our favourite magazines, the producers of our favourite television shows. The friends who don't believe in themselves enough to write a newspaper article and the school girls who don't aspire to University because of the lack of females celebrated in the media.
Ultimately, if we cannot look after ourselves, we are unable to look after others. This is not me saying 'don't be an officer' or 'give me a break'. It is an appeal to everyone to take up the issue of mental health as a political priority. To talk, as well as act. The student movement will be stronger if we all put our minds to it.
There is absolutely no shame in struggling or finding it hard to be open and ask for help. There's equally no shame in not knowing how to approach and support someone who is battling with their mental health conditions. The key is to try and communicate as best as you can.
Placements are the Holy Grail of the student summer, but, hopefully, by following these few pieces of advice and constantly refreshing your Hotmail inbox, you'll soon be in need of some credit on that Oyster Card. Good luck...
Of course trans women have a different experience of womanhood to cisgender women, but excluding them from 'women's' spaces is basically denying the entire existence of their identity. How can you properly exist without being acknowledged as a real person for who you actually are?
A maintenance grant provided me with hope and confidence that I did belong at university. Without the grant, I would never have entertained the prospective of university. This government seems hell bent on severely restricting the options of minority groups and reinforcing the stereotype that only the privilege should attend university.
It's no coincidence the government has pushed this change through as quietly as possible. There are just months to go before local, mayoral and assembly elections across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This isn't democracy. But you can still register to vote up to three weeks before the elections...
I'm not striking for my own benefit, I don't want rent for free and UCL needs to know that we aren't naïve students who can be swept under the carpet. In short, I have friends who can't get by with the money they have and working even a single job is sometimes unfeasible.