A degree, with its ever-elevated status, has become a means to a personal end. This elevated status, coupled with the economic concern of students, has also led to a proliferation of new degree subjects. It is now possible to study almost anything at university. And yet, many of these courses simply don't suit a degree structure, an issue many concerned with higher education seem all too happy to ignore.
Structurally and psychologically, many universities are just not built to deal with anything that isn't the traditional, white 18 year old undergraduate student. Rather than Universities UK worrying about the decreasing numbers of international students, and the millions of pounds of revenue lost that could entail, we need to be doing more about the international students who currently study here.
At a time where the government are cutting funding for mental health care, how are people supposed to get the support that they desperately need? If the situation is already reached the point that GPs have to decide whether someone's plea for help is 'urgent' enough to warrant support, what will further cuts do?
Since visiting Auschwitz in November 2012, I have addressed the London Assembly and the Belgian Embassy and I have met many inspiring Holocaust survivors. My memories of Auschwitz are deeply ingrained in my everyday thoughts and have altered my perceptions on life.
The Cambridge Union Society's Press Officer, Oliver Jackson, as the product of a succession of British private schools, discourses on the arguments around the system that educated him.
Then, without warning, this reasonable man stood in some sort of salute and mocked a disabled contributor to the debate with the question: "Are you Richard III?'" It was a bizarre intervention... Surely a man intelligent enough to reasonably argue his case in front of 300 people realises that standing and insulting his opponents will do his cause no good at all?
The historic announcement at the end of last year that the Government is going to fund the removal of limits to the number of students going to university raises some interesting questions for higher education as we enter 2014.
With record numbers of Apprenticeship starts and recent employer surveys reporting even higher confidence in apprentices it seems that young people now have more chances, and choices, as they decide what career path to take.
During the Christmas period, the number of sexually suggestive perfume advertisements doubles in number. Such famous examples are Jean Paul Gaultier whose naked vixen wakes up alone after a night with a sailor suggests that sex with an unknown companion is perfectly acceptable. At least over 75% of perfume adverts give that same message to young people.
For example, Samsung has already produced, and Apple is about to produce, smart watches that can be connected to your phone. And smart glasses like in Sherlock are also on the way. I am not entirely certain why this technology is necessary, but I am sure we are moving closer and closer towards the time when smart phones will have proven themselves obsolete.
Last week, UCAS applications closed and school leavers began the nervous wait for replies from their preferred universities. In fact, many will have already received offers, with applications for Oxbridge and some specialist courses closing back in October.
Why on earth do some cyber-feminists truly believe that their opinions exist on a higher intellectual plane than those of other women's? What possesses them to demean other women, often savagely, on public forums? For me, it seems to go against the entire point of the feminist movement.
I wake up at 6.15am to take the train to work (commuting from mum and dad's, the intern's lot) and most days I wake up before the alarm goes off, buzzing for a new day. This is a pretty strange feeling, I must admit, but it's bloody brilliant. So, like I said, don't take this opportunity away from me - it's my only chance to get on the career ladder.
Russell Brand found a willing audience in Cambridge earlier this week as students turned out in their hundreds to hear him muse upon subjects as diverse as One Direction (Harry Styles is "apparently a bit of a character"), recreational drugs (Brand would have them fully legalised and regulated) and, of course, his much fêted revolution.
One of the major perks of my year abroad programme (and many others) is that it doesn't actually count towards my final grade at University which means it's basically like fresher's (except the food is better and you can go skiing when you want. ) Use your spare time wisely and take some time to tour...
How did a British university get to the stage of inspiring such anger and contempt from someone like Geoffrey Robertson, the man who organised war-crimes trials in Sierra Leone, that he would be prepared to spend days of his time working unpaid, dealing with petty academic administrators, instead of making the big bucks in Strasbourg?