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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.

It's Important That as Students, We Must Protect Social Minorities

Dean Eastmond | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Dean Eastmond

Islamophobia is a dirty word creeping into the likes of households across the UK. I am, like the majority, at university to study and develop life skills before entering "the real world". If this is my exposure to what the real world looks like, I think I'm staying at university forever.

Why 'Britain's First Gay School' is a Terrible Idea

Josh Marshall | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
Josh Marshall

Being gay is not different, it is not wrong , it is not 'alien' - It is perfectly normal and just another wonderful colour on the spectrum of love.

Do You Really Need a Reason to Go on Exchange?

Sabrina Azmi | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sabrina Azmi

Leaving home is always going to be hard, be it a semester-long escapade or a few years of study, being thrown into a completely foreign country is terrifying. But it will be the best decision you will ever make in your life, as it is mine.

The First Thoughts of a University Dropout

Lucy Roberts | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Roberts

Within our schools at a young age, it is good practice to encourage and support our pupils to achieve the best possible outcome for them without any pressure.

It's Official: The Green Party Is The Second Most Popular Party For Young People

The Huffington Post UK | Chayya Syal | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The Green Party has been enjoying a steady rise in recent months and it looks as if there is no stopping them now. In December 2014, a poll by You...

UEA Takes Steps Toward a Sexual Harassment-Free Campus in 2015

Sophie Jackson | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Jackson

The University of East Anglia is taking a powerful step toward making students safer from sexual harassment on campus this year. This Monday, 12th January, they are launching the Never OK campaign, a strong visual campaign created to challenge sexual harassment...

Physics Is Too Hard For Women, Say Women Who Study Physics

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A survey of students at the University of Melbourne has uncovered a shocking trend of sexism in the Physics department. In response to a report on ...

A New Breed of Degree for a Modern Workplace?

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK
Dr Philip Hallam

Whatever people do make of nanodegrees, I'm pleased to note that very few are using 'online distance learning' itself as a criticism of the concept. I believe this is a reflection of increasing mainstream acceptance of this study mechanism but also an acknowledgement of the changing face of online students.

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 27.01.2015 | 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 25.01.2015 | 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 25.01.2015 | 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...