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Outrage in Ireland at Mental Health Debate Attendance

Ciara Kelleher | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Kelleher

In the last couple of years, Ireland has had to deal with many difficulties. A lot of it began with the Recession in 2008. In 2016, the country has j...

Pacifism is Not Passivism

Iris Maxfield | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Iris Maxfield

I'm a pacifist and I will fight for this cause.

The EU Referendum: The Importance of Your Vote

Daniel W Smith | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Politics
Daniel W Smith

On Thursday 23rd June the people of Britain will vote on our membership of the European Union, an issue that will shape the future of our country more so than an any other issue. It has never been more important to make sure that you're registered to vote. I won't tell you how to vote but I will present the arguments to support staying in the European Union. I am of the opinion that the benefits far outweigh any perceived negatives.

The Failure of Prevent: "Protecting" Children From Radicalisation

Julian Vigo | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK
Julian Vigo

The UK's Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has been actively working to educate parents and educators about radicalisation and extremism in the hopes...

Christian Evangelism: Should the Law Now Intervene?

Benjamin Chang | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Benjamin Chang

Over the past month, there has been a series of independent but bizarrely similar news stories regarding the castigation of evangelical Christians in the UK, for advocating the belief in their religion. Each incident has involved a self- professed Christian attempting to convert or discuss their religion with a friend or relative, and each has culminated in a court ruling and/or appeal.

The Conservatives - We are the Nasty Party

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 10.04.2016 | UK Politics
Nicholas Mazzei

We aren't carrying out tough love anymore. Now, we are carrying out acts that are arrogant, short-minded and unnecessarily painful to people in the UK, who are starting to see our party for what it is. Nasty.

What Effect Would a Trump Presidency Have on the 'Special Relationship' Between Britain and the United States?

Lewis Barton | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Politics
Lewis Barton

You'd like to think that a Trump presidency could not possibly end a friendship that has spanned over one hundred years and two World Wars. Yet, it's very clear that the policies Trump is currently proposing would put America at great odds with their closest ally...

Victims of Child Sexual Exploitation Overlooked

Javed Khan | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK
Javed Khan

High profile child sexual exploitation cases (CSE) like those in Rotherham and Rochdale have led many people to assume that all CSE victims are white British girls. But it's not the case. Worryingly, this stereotype highlighted in our report 'It's not on the radar', means that some front-line workers may be missing children affected by CSE.

Creating a Culture of Caring: Primary Schools Have a Key Role to Play in Supporting our Children's Emotional Health

Lauren Carter-Davies | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK
Lauren Carter-Davies

Whilst discrete programmes to prevent emotional difficulties or support social and emotional learning may be successful in some schools, no single programme is going to be the magic wand for all children in all schools. Rather what is needed now is a new coordinated approach which combines different areas of activities and integrates all policies, staff and external professionals.

Tobacco Lobbyists Puff-Up eCigarette Prices

Rob Comley | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK Politics
Rob Comley

Whilst reading the paper on yesterday morning's commute into work, you may have been amazed to read plans of a tax hike from Brussels which will send ...

Refugees: Why Don't EU Leaders Share the Burden?

Mark Hillary | Posted 21.02.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

So here is a radical thought. Why don't the EU member states actually work together for once? Why not share the cost of processing them wherever they arrive and then offer a safe new place to live in any one of the 28 member nations based on existing population size.

Why Wage Growth Will Likely Be Lower for Longer

Michael Martins | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Politics
Michael Martins

It is likely that wage growth will continue to be low while productivity will continue to disappoint when compared to neighbours near and afar. At the same time, the very things that underpin those less than rosy figures are the factors driving the UK's strong economic performance in a rather lacklustre global economy.

Let HSBC Go, We Don't Need Them

Youssef El-Gingihy | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK
Youssef El-Gingihy

So the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation have decided to stay put in the UK. Should we start the celebrations? Or perhaps we should put the champagne on ice. Because, wait for it, yes trickle-down economics doesn't actually work.

UK's First "Red-Light" District: Leeds' Cruel Solution to Prostitution and Violence

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK
Taina Bien-Aime

On an ordinary winter day in 2014, Mary Honeyball led her colleagues in the European Parliament to pass a groundbreaking resolution urging member stat...

Top Five Musicals in London

Ceri Tinley | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ceri Tinley

MUSICALS IN LONDON "Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasize about a world we aspire to." These are the ...

Sixty-Year-Old UK Tax Deal Is Hurting the World's Poorest Country

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK
Anders Dahlbeck

The Malawi Government desperately needs money to tackle poverty. Yet a 1955 tax treaty with the UK is tying their hands and making it nearly impossible to collect tax from UK companies operating there. The tax treaty is so old that it was signed by the British Governor on behalf of the British colonies of Southern Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

Will The British Public Be Educated Enough For The EU Referendum?

James Cropper | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Cropper

With the referendum imminent, there are countless questions yet to be answered. However, with time running it will be crucial for the British public to receive enough information, which does not yet seem to be happening. The cards are in Cameron's hands, but it is whether or not he will leave enough time for campaigning which is the real question.

'Extremism' and Muslim Women - When Did Language Come into Play?

Yasmin Khatun Dewan | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun Dewan

The Prime Minister accepts that there is no clausal link to language and extremism but still resolved to make the link during his proposal. It might be an idea to look at credible strains of opinion around what leads to 'extremist' thought before he lays out his next proposal.

Sceptical or Not, It's Positive That Cameron Has Announced Mental Health Plans

Danny Bowman | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bowman

The long awaited voice of the tory governments vision for mental health services has finally surfaced but many mental health campaigners are sceptical it can deliver. David Cameron gave a speech on Monday about how to revolutionise mental health services in Britain and outlined his plans.

The Government's Commitment to Apprenticeships Is Admirable But Are They Fit for Purpose?

Simon Thomas | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Thomas

It's a system that's worked since the dawn of time; the master craftsman takes on a young protégé and - through practical experience - teaches them the tricks of the trade until they're proficient enough to start trading alone. Today it's known as an apprenticeship, and they're as vital now as they ever were.

Climate Change: Fracking for Natural Gas Is Mad, Bad and Dangerous

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

So if natural gas is the wrong fuel to use to halt climate change, why on earth does this government want to frack Britain to extract it? Why is this government so fixated with the extractive industries? Why not strongly support the truly safe, sustainable, jobs-rich renewable energy industries?

Air Strikes Will Not Work - We Need a Long Term Solution to Extremism

Jack Davies | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Davies

Within the next week Members of Parliament will be voting on whether to launch air strikes against ISIS in Syria. With many Labour and Conservative MPs in support of extending air strikes into Syria, it is likely that the first bombing raids will take place towards the end of next week. But it has not been determined what the government wishes to achieve by bombing Syria.

Climate Negotiations: An Opportunity for the People and Planet

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

Following yesterday's demonstrations in Newcastle and other major cities around the world, including the powerful 'empty shoe' protest in Paris, climate negotiators will be getting down to work today in that city at the start of the 21st conference of the parties to the UN's Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - more commonly known as COP21.

UK Steel Doesn't Need Another Summit: We Need Decisive Action From the EU and the UK Government

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

On Monday 9 November EU Trade and Business ministers met in Brussels to discuss a common European response to the crisis hitting the steel sector. This 'Steel Summit' took place exactly four weeks after it was announced that steel production in Redcar would end, leaving 2,200 jobless across Teesside.

Mass Surveillance: Britain's Internet Must Remain Free

James Coe | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Tech
James Coe

The answer to our surveillance dilemma lies in targeted surveillance, a warrant process overseen by the judiciary, an annual parliamentary public scrutiny of the security services, legislated protections for the professional privileges of doctors and lawyers and, most of all, a proper and lengthy public debate void of vague and fear inducing inferences to terror plots and criminal gangs.