UK University

Students Admit They Can Get Away With Doing Little Study, And Still Get Good Degrees

PA | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Many students do not find their degree course demanding or stretching according to new research, which warns there are rising concerns over whether go...

Why Uni Sucks (Sometimes)

Maddy Grey | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Maddy Grey

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that going to university isn't one of the greatest experiences of all time. It's new, it's life changing, and it's stomach butterfly exciting. It's just that... sometimes it's really not.

Employer-sponsored Education Deserves Government's Attention

Dave Phoenix | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK
Dave Phoenix

It is my firm belief that it is imperative the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the associated educational bodies develop a much clearer understanding of what collaborative partnerships in the area of employer-sponsored education already exist before any changes to the systems related to employer funding are made. Additional research and understanding of the field is needed to enable reliable evidenced-based decision making over rash policy making.

Middle Income Families - Too Poor for University?

Becky Hopper | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Becky Hopper

Next time you hear someone explain that they 'can't afford to go to university' because they're from a low income family, please introduce them to the calamity that is Student Finance England.

Liberal Tyranny Over the Working Class - From Catcalling to Dapper Laughs

Mahmood Naji | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Mahmood Naji

The liberal elite's hegemony over the public discourse is longstanding and indeed we have seen this exact kind of thing before. The media's response to the likes of UKIP and the English Defence League (EDL), both movements with great appeal among the working class, has been to silence, ridicule, and marginalise them.

Why Plumbing and History Are Not Created Equal

Chris Jones | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

Student loan debt is scary, but you also worry about finding a job without a degree. Then you have to factor in your parents' opinions. Mum wants you to be a doctor; dad wants you to be an engineer. And you don't want to disappoint the good people who've kept you fed and clothed all these years...

Students Heart Sexual Consent

Jack Fletcher | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

For too long has sexual harassment and violence plagued the University institutions in the UK. For too long have these everyday sexism issues gone on. For too long have Universities failed to do anything constructive and effective about the issues that they are very much aware of. There is now such a dire need to tackle them head-on that it has fallen to students themselves to try and stop this phenomenon of 'rape culture'. ..

The Value of Motivation in Academia

Aslihan Agaoglu | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aslihan Agaoglu

From time to time, my career in the academia reminds me of my grandmother's cooking. She has the ability to make strange mixture of random ingredients come together and make for a delicious dish. On several occasions when I asked my grandmother how this phenomenon occurs, she lowered her voice and said, "There is a secret ingredient."

Sexual Violence Against Women - Solving the Problem (Part Two)

Jessica Chan | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jessica Chan

I think it is vital that we involve those directly at the centre of the issue - we must include women in discussions, and even in leadership roles, centred on the issue of sexual violence against women.

A Devastating Crisis of Confidence Is Holding State School Leavers Back

Andrew Law | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew Law

I would love to believe that we now live in a meritocratic nation in which success depends on talent and hard work rather than connections and class. But it is evidently not so.

The Living Wage and Students' Unions

Michael Segalov | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Michael Segalov

Watching students and officers at unions around the UK become a living wage employer has inspired me, and the other officers at Sussex, to make this history. As a union we need to provide services, and don't make a profit. It's not as if labour is used to line the pockets of tax evading billionaires. But that's not the point.

Sheffield SU and NUS Ban on Julie Bindle - An Affront to Free Speech, our Intellectual freedom and an Insult to Students .

Liam Deacon | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Deacon

Last week Julie Bindle, the feminist and journalist, was due to speak at our Student Union - except - at the last minute the student management team stepped in and banned her on our behalf.

Why We All Need Free Education

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

I believe that people like me have a duty to preserve the opportunities we had for future generations. So I'll be supporting the students' 19th November demonstration, and hope that people from our community come out to voice their desire for a fairer education and a better future.

In Defence of Sexy Costumes

Georgina Wootton | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Georgina Wootton

It is not an issue of women who go out wearing negligées, it is an issue of misogyny and men who have no idea how to treat women... If you want to dress up as a sexy nurse, or a sexy doughnut, or a sexy caterpillar, or just a regular unsexy caterpillar, I don't see a problem. Go forth and enjoy your night.

Five Life Lessons From University

Sophie Blyth-Bristow | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Blyth-Bristow

University will teach you how to read a 600 page book in twenty minutes, how to write an essay in a day, and how to appear really clever. It'll also teach you some valuable life lessons that you'll take with you long after you've forgotten what on earth postmodernism is.

Banter, Flannel-Frolics and Yards of Bleach - The Invention of the 'Lad'

James Dann | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Comedy
James Dann

As everyone knows, the term 'Lad' stands for Loud And (therefore) Depressed. For centuries, little has been known unto the origin of this mythical creature. Until now. Welsh scientist Llyn Granger, who accidentally came across it whilst developing a cure for Mormonism, first noticed the 'Lad' particle in 1994

How Not to Do College

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

I felt like an outsider, an imposter, someone who was tolerated, but not really accepted. Awkward. I always felt so unbelievably awkward, like I was taking up too much space. I was afraid to join in. I didn't do societies - walking into a room full of people without actually being required to be there was beyond me, never mind walking in and actually striking up a conversation.

Mind the Skills Gap

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Philip Hallam

Business and education. They should be perfect partners, with businesses relying on educational institutions to deliver individuals with the qualifications and skills they need to flourish, and educational institutions maintaining their relevancy by working to make sure they understand and reflect those needs in courses offered.

Why University Campuses are Key Enablers of Europe's Future Prosperity

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dirk Jan van den Berg

The quality of European universities and their campuses not only affects policy agendas of education, research and innovation. It also affects Europe's position in the global competition for the best students and professors (the global 'battle for brains'), and the wider competitive advantage, productivity, profitability and sustainable development of Europe.

Does the UK University System Help Our Future Artists?

Emily Steer | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Steer

On starting a fine art degree five years ago, my head of course gave an introductory speech. She told us about her experience of art college, twenty five years previously. About passionate tutors making work amongst students, in one big arty, experimental studio love in...

The Oldest Part-Time Profession in the World? Students Turning to Prostitution

Ben Mawdsley | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Mawdsley

The oldest profession in the world is becoming the job of choice for some students across the country, using a variety of means to advertise themselves. ..

Five Ways To Build Your CV Without Leaving Campus

Huffington Post UK | Gemma Joyce | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

There's never been a more important time to get your CV in order. With record numbers of students entering university this autumn, it's now more li...

The Stories We Live By

Joel Tennant | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joel Tennant

My sessions of talk therapy back at university helped my story telling. Every week, I'd walk through one of the colleges, past the restaurant where students were sitting and laughing with each other, past the duck pond where the college cat was watching hungrily from behind the bushes, to a door tucked away behind a wall -- Counselling.

Why Collaboration Is Key to Tackling the World's Grand Challenges

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK
Dirk Jan van den Berg

Globalisation has rendered us increasingly inter-dependent with massive opportunities and also risks/challenges as a result. Driven by technological advances from transport, to communications, and electronic networks, globalisation has delivered important advancements in terms of movement and exchange of people, ideas, values, resources, commodities and finance.

The Kate Kennedy Club Opening Ball 2014

Immy Guest | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Immy Guest

They say that 3rd time's the charm. In St Andrews we have a 4th time around. You would think, having made it to 4th year we would know the drill by now in terms of the nightlife; St Andrews is hardly a city, and there's only a specific number of events one can go to a certain number of times before it all gets a bit repetitive...