Durham is my home now, just like Istanbul was before, and Aleppo before that, I don't know where my journey will take me next but I just hope that when I return to Syria I will be able to contribute to a brighter future.
The majority of this strategy is aimed at the Muslim community. It has an alienating effect of a community already experiencing discrimination and rising hate crime. In the past, it would have been others and who knows who it might be used against in future. It is all entirely counter-productive. There is no evidence that it has prevented anything. It is time for a major review of the strategy and a fundamental rethink by Government.
When I first heard archaeology was to be scrapped at A-Level I was not only surprised, but devastated. This is a subject that teaches our students about what it is to be human. We learn about the material culture left by our ancestors from all over the world. We discuss the concepts of culture, politics, art, identity and we do so with an open mind. Even after several years of teaching the A-Level I still find new material that keeps me in awe.
When Amber Rudd recently announced that she would be continuing the purge of international students started by Theresa May, my heart sank. Brexit has already damaged universities and their ability to attract students and staff... To continue to include students in immigration targets would be to pursue an economically damaging, right wing ideology, based on dodgy evidence, against expert advice and without a mandate. Surely Brexit has enough of that already?
The news that the only exam board in England that still offers an A level in Art History has decided to drop the subject is a wake-up call to anyone in Britain who cares about culture. Since 1999 the number of students taking the subject has halved - from roughly 2,000 to less than 1,000 - partly because ever fewer schools teach it.
Before I begin recounting my life, I would like to highlight that my story, the one that you are about to embark on, is a fortunate one. There are many others who are going through worse and my experiences are just a fraction compared to what friends and relatives in Syria have witnessed and been through at first hand. The first part of my journey started on March 15th 2011, a date Syrians will talk about for decades to come...
University managers cannot be allowed to pretend this will resolve itself. They cannot continue to award themselves higher salaries than the counselling budgets and claim there is just no money. They cannot continue to pass the buck onto overworked staff. It is time our institutions face up to the mental health crisis.
Enough. All political parties make unpopular policy changes (working tax credits, anyone?) and while I can understand the resulting impulse to wash your hands of politics altogether, the fact remains that such a course of inaction is not a viable way to get your opinion heard. It's time for us centrists to ask ourselves if the raising of tuition fees four years ago is reason enough to contribute to the death of the political centre ground now.
But for all this interest in food, the number of people who are cooking it at home is falling in staggering amounts. In fact, research commissioned by Co-op shows that there's been a 54% decrease in home cooking in the last 30 years.
By now, most new students up and down the country have landed in a brand new city and are in the midst of Fresher's Week. The following few tips are...
Worrying about how you will cope now your child has flown the nest? You're not alone. With the new university term starting this month, many parents will have said goodbye to their child leaving home for the first time.
This weekend thousands of young people across Britain will leave home to begin their University experience. On the other side of the divide however, growing numbers of school leavers are deciding to dodge the debt and embark on working life by enrolling on apprenticeship schemes.
Parents of students starting university in England in 2016, are facing a hidden 27% rise in university costs. We've been working on this for a few weeks, and as part of our campaign for a more transparent system of student finance, I have today sent an open letter to Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities, asking for him to urgently consider a change in the system. Here's the text...
Where growing-up naturally involves taking a few missteps, Social Media can become a mean-spirited companion. Ferris Bueller's day would have turned out seriously different if at any point he'd checked-in or posted to his Timeline.
All things considered, I am no longer sure I want to stay. The only consideration keeping me here is last year's £18,000 university fee - it would really be a waste not to graduate. I can only hope that as Britons are confronted by a longer non-EU queue at Charles de-Gaulle's airport and the need to apply for a visa for a weekend break in Stockholm, these attitudes will change.
Fighting for decent affordable housing is a crucial aspect of improving students' lives. That's why we will support student rent strikes across the country, and continue to raise the issue nationally. We will provide advice to students facing housing difficulties and support those who want to take action. And by doing all of this, we will put student housing at the heart of our vision for a free, accessible and liberated education.