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General Election Is No Time for Generalities

Dave Phoenix | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Politics
Dave Phoenix

We find ourselves mere weeks from the General Election in May, and yet the policies that will form the blueprint for higher education remain murky and confused.

In Readiness for an Empty Nest

Fiona Gibson | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Gibson

In a few months' time my twin sons will leave home. I'm fine about it, really. Well, sort of. Okay, I'll probably be clutching at their ankles, bleating, 'Why are you taking your guitar? You won't need that. And your books... why not just leave them here?'

Call to Action: Girl Geeks, Make Yourselves Known

Rachel Swidenbank | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Tech
Rachel Swidenbank

Females account for between 15-20% of engineering and computer science students at universities in the UK. I had heard the numbers, but they had failed to capture just what it would feel like to find yourself in a large lecture room filled with 150 students, only 20 of whom were female.

Fashion School Dropouts

Victoria Drysdale | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Drysdale

In the wake of London Fashion Week it is important to think about why it is that students are frequently too worried to study fashion. Look around fashion is everywhere and it is a big deal.

Dispelling the Myth of the Lazy Student

James Beeson | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Beeson

We all know the stereotype. Students are lazy, good-for-nothing deadbeats, who do nothing but nap all day and party all night. Right? Actually, I think you'll find that for many of us, the reality is something quite different.

Why the Business Giants Are Failing Our Apprentices

Becky Wells | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Becky Wells

Anyone not wanting to attend university is often force-fed the idea that apprenticeships are the way forward. Nearly half a million people started an apprenticeship in the 2013/14 academic year, including, surprisingly, more than 80,000 people aged over 35...

How Far Would You Go for Charity? Get to Know Jailbreak.

Nicholas Makarezos | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Nicholas Makarezos

Fortunately, fundraising societies in most of the UK Universities have recently come up with a plethora of genuinely creative and entertaining ways to raise money for charities. Doing something that you enjoy, and at the same time supporting someone in need, is a win-win situation, it acts as a great motive for you to be part of this.

Net Migration: Xenophobia Not Policy

Shreya Paudel | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Shreya Paudel

Britain is on the cusp of making history in the upcoming general election. It will either look back at May 2015 with regret or with great pride. With immigration one of the major issues debated in this election, I appeal to students in particular to lead British society against xenophobic attitudes and make this general election about fairness and equality of opportunity.

I Will Not be Labelled a Lazy Student

Katie Palmer | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Palmer

As far as some people believe, when students are not studying they are reclining back watching Netflix with a large sharing bag of crisps, which they definitely aren't sharing. You are most probably right, in some cases.

Fraternities and Sororities are Sexist and Backwards; Our Universities Must Resist Them

Gareth Evans | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gareth Evans

The very nature of the Greek system is divisive, backwards and insular. It is a breeding ground for misogynistic thinking and behaviour.

On the Importance of Independent Student Media

James Beeson | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Beeson

The view that the role of student media is to be a mouthpiece for the University and its Student Guild could not be more misplaced. The idea that the function of an independent media outlet reporting on affairs that are in the interests of the student body, is to simply spout university propaganda is sickening and wrong.

Fear of the Future

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

For the next four months, I will be completing my university degree. Then, from the end of May, for possibly the first time in my life, I have no idea what I'll be doing. I'm both excited and completely terrified.

Open for Business, but Not for Study

Nigel Carrington | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
Nigel Carrington

The marketization of higher education is an uncomfortable topic for many in the UK education sector. My own view is that higher education is both a market benefit and indisputably a public good, and a mixed approach is required.

Students - The General Election's Forgotten Force

Mel Ramsay | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mel Ramsay

Students should not be written off at this General Election. More needs to be done to encourage active participation but it is encouraging to see they want to engage. We hope more will follow in our footsteps at Staffordshire University and launch their own General Election campaigns, to mobilise their students and encourage them to have their say in May.

Bloods and Crips-Themed Edinburgh Club Night Smacks of White Privilege

Marta-Emilia Bona | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Marta-Emilia Bona

Gang violence disproportionately affects underprivileged young black men and is not a suitable subject for spoof.

"You Are Hot, But I Don't Date Monkeys"

Tracey Agyeman | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tracey Agyeman

I do not want to live in a colour-blind society; we should not pretend that our individuality does not exist; the problem does not lie in acknowledging differences but rather in being ignorant. What distinguishes us does not make us inferior or superior, it makes us diverse.

Philosophy: Juicy or Useless?

Mark Brewer | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK
Mark Brewer

If contemporary philosophy still proceeded in vacuum, cut off from science, I'd agree with Krauss that it's useless. But it doesn't. And, if applied to conceptual issues in the natural sciences, it certainly has a much juicier role to play than Krauss would have you believe.

It's Time to Take Creative Subjects Seriously

Professor Anne Carlisle | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Anne Carlisle

Creative industries have hit an all-time high and are worth a phenomenal £77billion to the UK economy according to government figures out this month. Break that down further and that's £8.8million per hour; a number which highlights just how important this heavily growing sector is.

In Need Of A Nap At Uni? Your Prayers (And Dreams) May Have Just Been Answered

Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

For too long has the ability to nap on campus been the whimsical fantasy of many a university student. Whether it's to boost the brain after a long ni...

It's Time We Start Protecting Trans Kids

Dean Eastmond | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Dean Eastmond

UK LGBT mental health charity PACE recently found in a study that 48% of Trans people under the age of 26 said they had attempted to take their own lives, with 30% saying that they had done so in the past year. That's almost half of the entire Trans community.

What Not to Do in a Student House

Imogen Groome | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Groome

Living in a student house can be intimidating - suddenly you're faced with scary adult things like bills and landlords. But it can also be very rewarding - if you stick to a few basic rules. Here are some of the things I've learnt from living under a (leaky) student roof...

Home Away From Home

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Slowly, the dark sky is gently rinsed by hints of blue. Dark blue, light blue, lighter... And gold wash. So emerges the silhouettes of pink coloured clouds, rejoicing at the dawn of a new day.

People Like Us Wouldn't Get a Chance Today

Paul Clayton | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

For many it's been a struggle to get there. Young actors emerge from their training weighed down by debt, and - given that less than 2% of actors earn over £20,000 a year from their acting - many leave the profession in the first 5 to 10 years, to seek financial security, dignity, and some quality of life.

Shiny Eyes - Confessions of a Third Year Student

Eve Betts | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eve Betts

When Clegg arrived, he shook everyone's hand ("Hi, I'm Nick") and I led him to his seat in front of the camera, where he promptly dropped his microphone on the floor...

If You're on the Wrong Path, Find Another One

Suzanne Hoare | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzanne Hoare

When considering my 16 year old self, I see a naïve, but ambitious, girl who wants to make her parents proud. At 18, she knows she is good at Law - her exam results say so - and she can't think of anything she would rather do at university. So, that's the path she chooses.