UK University

Consent Workshops Need to be Mandatory at Universities

Zahra Wynne | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Zahra Wynne

Here's the resounding message: 'Don't get raped!'. Why is there no talk telling people not to rape, and teaching them what constitutes rape? Considering that most victims of sexual assault are assaulted by somebody they know, the 'don't walk home alone' message is proving to be falling short in protecting students. We need something more.

London Uni Beats Cambridge In Research Rankings

The Huffington Post UK | Toby Gladwin | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education

London universities are threatening to break Oxbridge's domination of the research industry, as new rankings reveal University College London has over...

Life as a FAD finalist

Katarina Lindell | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Katarina Lindell

When our course leader presented this year's FAD brief to us, I didn't hesitate to enter as I know what a great opportunity it can be for fashion students to show their work - as finalists, we get to showcase our mini collections at London Fashion Week in February. That's also when I'll find out if I've won!

What's All This 'Women in the Workplace' Stuff About Anyway?

Helena Eccles | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Helena Eccles

I was speaking at the 30% Club from "Schoolroom to Boardroom" seminar: an afternoon where new initiatives which target young women, at school, university and early careers, were being launched. Needless to say, I was a small fish in a very big pond. Or, to continue the rowing analogy, a novice in a Blues boat.

Racing Against Time

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

If life flies by this quickly, we need to make the most of it. Take every opportunity that comes long, as you might not get that chance again. I'm pretty sure that when I look back on my life, I'm far more likely to regret the days I wasted doing nothing.

Let's Do Something About Mental Health at Universities

Gemma Parry | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gemma Parry

Mental health doesn't work to a nine to five schedule - it is a constant thing and I truly believe the university could have adapted to the constant mental health clock had they had the means to do so.

Rage Against the Police State

Zarah Sultana | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Zarah Sultana

I want to be horrified about the accounts of police brutality that have occurred on British campuses - Warwick and also Sheffield University, where security guards chained fire exits locking in free education protestors at campus outlet Inox Dine - but truthfully I'm not at all surprised.

Protest Turns Ugly: Warwick Students Tear-Gassed and Threatened With Tasers

Natasha Clark | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Clark

Students have been arrested, sprayed with tear gas and threatened with tasers at the University of Warwick, after a peaceful education protest turned violent on Wednesday.

Asexuality: When Somebody Described Sexual Attraction to Me, I Couldn't Believe That Was a Real Thing!

Samantha Booth | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Samantha Booth

Sarah* is a 22-year-old recent graduate from the Midlands. She is part of the 1% of British public that identify themselves as asexual...

How a Game of 'Bump' Nearly Determined the University I Went To

Joel Nicholson | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joel Nicholson

University application season is an interesting time of year. Students are stressed and ultra-competitive. Parents are often the exact same. There's almost the mutual feeling that over a decade of schooling culminated into this one single year.

A Letter to My 18-Year-Old Self

Ellie Lewis | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ellie Lewis

You've got so much to look forward to. You naïve little fresher, keep safe, don't overdo it on nights out, do not buy a hip flask or order mayonnaise on chips after nights out. Have fun, relax, try not to worry too much, apply for that work experience you think you won't get. Make the most of university how you want to spend your time. I'm sending you lots of love. You'll be fine. I know you will.

The Power of Apprenticeships

Adeline Ginn | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK
Adeline Ginn

If we are to grow and prosper as a country - we must invest in our youth. With university graduates racking up an average of more than £30,000 worth of debt, apprenticeships provide a great alternative of structured and hands on learning, not to mention that the financial incentive that students can earn whilst they learn.

Why Not Going to University Was the Best Decision I Ever Made

Natasha Colyer | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Colyer

If I could offer someone on the cusp of their twenties any advice, I would say don't just go with a generic life plan because it 'looks right' or because it's 'what everyone else is doing.' Take time to think about what you want to achieve and how you are going to get there... Sometimes you have to sidestep the safe option and take a risk.

Student Activism Is Run By Selfish Lefties - Shocker?

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lukas Mikelionis

The fact is that maddening fatuous narcissist left wing zealots run student unions, societies, groups, and the whole activism complex. For them, the primary duty isn't to represent students' interests, rather contrary, it's to ensure that their interests are in tact since it's "for the greater good."

Higher Education Has Become a Business and This Customer Isn't Satisfied

Gemma Joyce | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gemma Joyce

Record numbers of students are attending university this year and young people choosing to further their education is something that I'm hugely in favour of. What I can't support, however, is a free for all in universities which simply don't have the infrastructure to deal with the rising numbers, but who are happy to benefit financially from them...

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.