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Going Teetotal for the Easter Holidays

Harry Maxwell | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Maxwell

With the start of the Easter holidays, and my third year of exams, I've decided to officially start my 'dry spell'. I'm showing zero tolerance to alcohol and no-platforming it from my life. Why now? Because I figured it's a better time than any. I need to smash out some revision and hangovers are not conducive to this, while none of my friends are around to go out anyway.

Uni's Prospectus Cover Pulled For Offending Everyone Who Isn't A White Male

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The University of North Georgia has come under fire for featuring what some claim is a 'racist' stock image on the front cover of a Continuing Educati...

My Job Application Theory

Helena Baker | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Helena Baker

Dating is a complicated and convoluted game, and not one I particularly understand. Given my inherit lack of patience and my past experience being bas...

University Tuition Fees - The Elephant in the General Election Room

Mel Ramsay | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mel Ramsay

It was only a matter of time before a party busted out the big guns and spoke about their policies regarding university fees. Queue Ed Miliband and Labour's revolutionary plans to lower fees from £9,000 a year to £6,000.

Sixth-Formers 'Urgently' Need More Support When They Go To University

PA | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Sixth-formers need more support when they leave school or college for university because they do not "magically turn into fully-fledged adults" at the...

Guidance for the Naïve Undergraduate - Part Ten: Living With Others

Thomas Hurdsfield | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Hurdsfield

My guidance to you on this occasion is simple; take an en-suite where available, be weary of foreign body hair, be grateful there is no gas tap to leave on in your bathroom and never, I repeat never, loan your slippers out to someone who has no intention of wearing them with their socks.

Academia in Crisis - Liberal Bias Threatens the Integrity of Our Research

Mahmood Naji | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mahmood Naji

Crisis may seem a little alarmist. Maybe it is, but probably not. The Enlightment taught us that there exists no better way for us to accrue knowledge about the world than the dispassionate, evidence-driven approach of the scientific method and, conversely, no bigger obstacle to progress than ideology and dogma.

The St Andrews Africa Summit Sees Africa Arrive to St Andrews

Yousra Elbagir | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Yousra Elbagir

All in all, SASUUM initiated the eye-opening dialogue that will usher in a new dawn of engagement with African affairs.

How Having a Ball Could Help Get You Into Uni

Andrew Hall | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK
Andrew Hall

An EPQ currently gives up to 70 UCAS points which is equivalent to a whole AS-level plus 10 points. In 2016, an EPQ is going to be worth even more when compared to an AS-level.

£260,000 a Year Salaries Whilst Students Are Squeezed for Every Penny

James Beeson | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Beeson

Universities keep trying telling us about the importance of cutting costs. We are living in an age of austerity, and a measly £9000 a year in tuition fees per student is apparently not sufficient to maintain the high standards of education these institutions supposedly provide us with. Why is it then, that they find it appropriate to continue to reward their senior staff with extortionately large salaries and performance related bonuses that are dubious at best?

A (Tainted) First Taste of Democracy

Adam Allnutt | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Allnutt

According to Ipsos-Mori only 44% of 18-24 year olds voted in the 2010 general election - this figure correlates with the turnout for Hull's Student Union elections, with turnout last year being a tiny 3771 out of around 18,000 students.

Yet More Evidence Nick Clegg Has Lost The Student Vote (And Maybe His Seat)

Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Around 20 students in Sheffield occupied Nick Clegg's constituency office in the name of free and accessible education for all on Wednesday. The L...

Universities Are Gearing Up For Student Elections - So What Should You Expect?

Keumars Afifi-Sabet | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Keumars Afifi-Sabet

Democracy, as made famous by the Scottish Referendum, is seen as a spell that sparks vast swathes of a population into taking meaningful political action. On university campuses, however, democracy is a little more virulent in nature.

Should We Allow Engineering to be Rebranded?

Yetunde Adediran | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Tech
Yetunde Adediran

Engineering educators must utilise young peoples' passion, interest, and reach out, to their dreams by means of diversifying and inspiring engineering to the next generation of engineers and scientists.

Labour's Tuition Fee Pledge Shows Just How Bleak Politics Has Become

Bradley Allsop | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

Despite a sickening slew of Labour loyalists now wishing to preen Labour's red plumage, and a depressing amount of students seemingly mesmerised by the sham feathers, we should be under no illusions what has happened here: a slightly less neoliberal party has offered a slightly less neoliberal policy.

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 23.03.2015 | 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.