The theory of safe space is that people of all identities and backgrounds have the freedom to express themselves in an environment that is tolerant - great. However, the current, rigorous enforcement of the concept is beginning to sound a lot like censorship.
Good news - we've seen the number of jobs advertised on reed.co.uk grow by 21%* in the past year. Even so, it remains a competitive market for graduates. To improve your chances of securing that sought-after graduate role, it's necessary to stand out from the crowd...
We might be talking more about mental health at university, but there is a related concept, one more rooted within the tradition of higher education a...
Last Thursday was deadline day for applying to study at Oxford and Cambridge. Each applicant will face the daunting prospect of a grilling by some of the world's most formidable academics, within the ivory towers and grand surroundings that will feel familiar only to those who attend the country's top private schools.
Much was exactly the same for a Fresher in Cambridge then, as it is now. Pigeon holes, hand-written names above doors, queues for the showers, toast-related gyp room fire alarms, occasional vomiting in the Scholar's Garden, pub crawls, and total confusion about how to cross from Pembroke St into Mill Lane without getting killed by a cheese delivery lorry.
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.
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...
As new students begin their time at university, the fact that more than a third of female students have reported experiences of unwanted advances in the form of groping and touching, and that 67% of students have heard rape or sexual assault jokes on campus, hangs over universities across the country.
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.
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...
Aside from hoping that the press fulfil their duty to report on these regressive changes, a more media-friendly hubbub needs to be kicked up about them. Far from being worn down by years of fighting Tory attacks on students, anger merely simmers beneath the surface - someone just needs to tap into it to get people talking.
Freshers' Week is only a week. We all act like this weird suspension of reality will define us and our entire university experience. It doesn't. Everything settles down and everyone starts to settle into themselves come week three, and that's when the magic happens.
This week I received a Whatsapp message that made me feel depressingly old: "Happy 9th anniversary." It wasn't sent by a loving, long-term partner, but a close friend. She was paying homage to our almost decade-long friendship, after we met during our university Freshers' Week in September 2006. (Yikes.)