People sharing their joy on Facebook indirectly puts down other people's achievements... life has its ups and downs, and of course it's only the former that gets shared, for the most part. However, getting below the coveted 2:1 makes others feel they can't share their success.
People are being bought and sold... Something of an epidemic, there are alarmingly many more human persons subject to slavery today, right now and in this moment than there ever was during the entire history of the slave trade.
For graduands and graduates it's a mixture of excitement but the terror of uncertainty and an air of sadness seems to fill a lot of faces... To those starting university, don't let what you have fall away from you, it's the most disappointing feeling in the world (trust me, I know).
What does it mean to be successful? A high-powered job? Bags of money? A fancy house and expensive sports car? Living up to the expectations others have for you? To me, success is far more personal than any of these things.
Choice - it's the very basis of our humanity... but in some places we are being denied that right to choice. In countries where abortion is illegal thousands of women every year are denied their human rights and forced into motherhood... lack of access to abortions doesn't save lives, it ruins them.
Fresher's week, starting university and leaving all your home comforts behind is all that applicant students will be thinking about this summer. Whilst there is a lot of excited adrenaline coursing through veins, there will also be a lot of trepidation and nervousness.
Around 70% of women with qualifications in science, engineering and technology (STEM) leave their chosen profession, not to return... 8% of British engineers and 4% of engineering apprentices are women. Quite simply, the UK economy needs more engineers and we cannot meet the demand without increasing the numbers of women.
You might be forgiven for thinking that our economy has fully recovered, especially with unemployment back to pre-recession levels, and the UK showing the strongest growth in Europe, surpassing all predictions. The view from many is that we're through the worst. But, the reality is different for many people, especially those who either have just left or are leaving school to compete for the limited number of jobs available.
We don't just think about the next flight, we think about what happens 1,000 flights from now, when SpaceShipTwo is being operated by people who haven't even applied for jobs at our company yet... The door to the space frontier is opening.
The Embryo Project, directed by Jane Maienschein and Manfred Laubichler, brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines who look at the history, science and various issues surrounding the growing fields of embryology, development and reproductive medicine.
From the outside, Oxford seems impervious to change... The depiction of the university as a hidebound institution content to stay locked in its ivory tower, however, is misguided. The university is champing at the bit for reform, yet there are some areas in which it is found lacking.
When first presented the options of continuing to study Chinese at the native speaker's level or starting to speak a completely new language at the start of one of the most rigorous secondary school education curriculums, I adamantly chose the latter option... I wished to challenge myself and build a stronger character.
I'm tired of students and young people as a collective being constantly ignored or patronised by the state... people forget that if you constantly damage the spirit of a generation and illegitimatise our opinions, it will demolish the hope and drive of those who not only have the potential to make huge positive impact in the UK, but worldwide.
One day, with an unprecedented smugness, I was presented with something when looking in the mirror. There, before my burnt mug, was an unfathomably small, but nonetheless present, crack in my hairline.
There will be moments when you do a double take on your lifestyle... Just because there isn't a graduate scheme for it, doesn't mean you can't do the work you want to do. Go old school, send some emails, make some calls, and set yourself up... if you offer something good enough, the clients will come trotting.
Now immune to bitchiness, gossip, whispering and detestable drama queens, an education in so many subjects was not the only thing I left school with, but also an education in how to cope with life in general... whenever there's women around that is.