As many students settle into their first year at university and when the next tranche of teenagers visit institutions across the UK, choosing where they will do their degree, I reflect on the stark difference between my two children and their journeys through the education system.
If those forcing you to make this decision cared about solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict then they would not be forcing you to make this decision now. They would encourage you to do what students are taught to do; conduct your own research and reach your own informed decision.
Teaching consent at Universities is not a cure-all: it is a start. We must take young people and sexual assault seriously, and the NUS and Students' Unions are taking necessary steps to do so. For those berating the need for further action, those disputing whether this is enough: there is no better place to start fighting rape culture and concepts of patriarchal masculinity, than in a classroom.
We as FOSIS, alongside the NUS Black Students' Campaign, Defend the Right to Protest, and the University and College Union (UCU) have organised the Students Not Suspects Tour across the UK, trying to bring about awareness surrounding Prevent.
Yesterday, Theresa May made it clear how she and her government see migrants. By saying 'high migration made a cohesive society impossible', May proved it is an intolerant and hateful ideology that drives the government's immigration policy, rather than sensible and rational policy.
I never expected to become a cancer patient, not least in my teens. Then again, I don't think anyone does. But somehow, like the approximately 2,300 annual others, in 2011 I found myself well and truly within this category.
Let's offer a hand of friendship to the Labour right: get behind our new leader for his sins, stop this sniping from the sidelines and bring your voice to the table. If Jeremy Corbyn's "new politics" is to mean anything at all, it is a voice that will be most welcome.
Every student in the UK has their own horrifying story of bad landlords and disgusting houses. Letting agencies and landlords are legendary for ripping students off, failing to pay back deposits, and providing practically unliveable houses. There have been cases of a bedroom ceiling collapsing in Bristol, lucky escapes from carbon monoxide poisoning, and of course; mould...
I may be pessimistic, I may be wrong but the Durham Union Society should be shamed for what has happened. They must reflect on their past decisions and reconsider their future ones if they to be viewed as a respected debating society and not as group who wish merely to offend. If change is not met then perhaps it is time for a new way of running the society, perhaps we cannot trust a President to run it in an acceptable manner on the members' behalf.
The beginning of a new university year has dawned upon us. Many of us will be looking to try out new clubs and societies this year, perhaps to learn a new skill, find a new way to relax or even broaden our social circle. Freshers will have been inundated with leaflets, sign up forms and free goodies from a wide array of societies on campus who are desperate for new members.
In years to come, ifs University College hopes that positive financial news arising from its young persons money index will take its own place in the yearly news cycle, with freshers' guides not needing to include financial advice.
These projects have definitely raised awareness of the fact that firstly, lad culture and rape culture exist, and secondly that they are an important issue and people deserve to feel safe when they go out. But as the experiences of this years' freshers show, there is still a lot that needs to change.
There is no simple answer to what depression feels like as symptoms often vary in severity from person-to person. However for me, I became aware that my mood was sinking lower and lower and I began to struggle to cope with the academic pressure I was faced with...
Prevent is part of the UK government's counter-terrorism strategy designed to respond to the ideological challenges of terrorism and extremism. The strategy has been in place since Labour was in government; however, this new law now makes it mandatory...
At this time of year many young people pack up and head for new beginnings at university and parents put on a brave face as they wave off their child. Arriving in a new city for the first time, keen to make friends and have a good time, nights out at university help form much needed new pals for university life and beyond. For some though, there lurk dangers, especially when senses are dulled by alcohol.
Packing up your bedroom and going to uni is exciting and scary whether you're going into your first year, or subsequent years. Packing up and heading off to uni and leaving behind a parent (or other family member) who is dying brings a whole host of new challenges and worries.